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The Boy Scouts Turn 100

When publishing tycoon William D. Boyce started the Boy Scouts ofAmerica in 1910, he envisioned a program that would teach boys courageand self-reliance. As it prepares for its $4 million centennialcelebration, the group needs a healthy dose of both. Membership haseroded since 1972, when it peaked at 6 million. Some supporters haveyanked funding because the Boy Scouts still bars members who are gay oratheist. Now, the country’s largest male-youth organization must rallythe troops — GPS-boosted scavenger hunts and a 10,000-square-foottraveling “Adventure Base” are in the works — and fill budget gaps. Ifit can do so, we have the perfect birthday present for it: 100wilderness-survival badges. — EW

Mon, February 08
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The Boy Scouts Turn 100

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