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 The Boy Scouts of America, 1910-2010 
Celebrating the Adventure - Continuing the Journey  

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8, 1910. Scout troops were organized in several Nebraska communities the following year. The Lincoln Council, predecessor of today's Cornhusker Council of the BSA, was chartered in 1912. For nearly a century scouting has enriched Nebraska life by providing thousands of boys with the incentive and the means to strengthen citizenship, learn leadership, and build character. Today the journey continues.

Scoutmaster Ward Betzer and Boy Scouts at the Cornhusker Council's Camp Minis-Kuya near Lincoln, probably before 1950. The former camp site is now within Wilderness Park.

Since the Boy Scouts of America was founded, the scout oath, scout law, scout motto, and scout slogan have been every scout's guide to thought and action.

scout oath     scout law

Source: 11546-53, 54, Troop 68, RLDS Church, Lincoln, courtesy of Shawn Bachman, Lincoln

Do a Good Turn Daily
This pennant expresses the scout slogan.
Source: 11188-7, Ted E. Barger, courtesy of Ann Barger Hein, Palos Verdes Estates, California

troop 68 flag
The scout badge, represented here on the flag of Lincoln Troop 68, expresses the scout motto, "Be Prepared." The badge, in the shape of a fleur-de-lis (the French name for an Iris flower), features two stars symbolizing scouting's ideals of truth and knowledge. The federal eagle and shield, an emblem of the United States, represents freedom and a scout's readiness to defend it. The knot below the scroll is a reminder of the slogan, "Do a Good Turn Daily."
Source: 11546-51, Troop 68, RLDS Church, Lincoln, courtesy of Shawn Bachman, Lincoln



  The Founders

  Early Decades

  Service and Sacrifice

       William E. Green

  Post-War Scouting

       Philip Kelly

  Honor Societies

  Camps, Camping

  "New Look"

  Scouts Build Canoes

  Pinewood Derby

  Scouting Memorabilia


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