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older Boy Scouts. They hit total number of badges replaced with “to help other
on the idea of using sports
CHANGE: THE
required to 24.
FIVE FACTS
people.”
terminology to make their
ONLY CONSTANT
 Camping returned to
ABOUT CUB
5 Until 1967, ONLY WOMEN
program of high adventure, the required list in 1979, COULD SERVE AS DEN LEADERS
TODAY’S BOY SCOUTS MUST
sports, and service more and the total number of (then called den mothers).
earn 21 merit badges (among
SCOUTING
appealing to their target audi- badges required dropped Until 1976, only men could
other things) to earn the
1 THE EARLIEST DENS WERE
ence: boys ages 14 through 17. back to 21. serve as Cubmasters and assis-
Eagle Scout Award. That
LED BY DEN CHIEFS (Boy
The patrol became the squad;  Cycling and Hiking tant Cubmasters.
number has rarely changed,
Scouts), not adult den leaders.
the troop became the team; became the newest
but the assortment of
Even the first Den Mother’s
and the Scoutmaster became options on the required
required badges has changed
Denbook, published in 1937,
the coach. list in 1999. Their only
MERIT BADGE
frequently. Some highlights:
advised the den mother to
A cousin to Boy Scouting,

previous appearance had
The first list of 11
“keep somewhat in the back-
QUIZ
Varsity Scouting shares the been as part of the out-
required badges appeared
ground, making the den chief THE BSA HAS OFFERED more
Scout Oath and Law and door-sports group in the
in 1914. It included the
the important figure in the than 200 merit badges. Here’s
adds the Varsity Scout Pledge. 1950s and ’60s.
familiar (Camping, First
den meeting.”
a list of badges that may or
Varsity Scouts work toward
Aid, Lifesaving) and the
2 THE ORIGINAL CUB SCOUT
may not be real. Can you spot
Boy Scout advancement, but
surprising (Bird Study,
SALUTE—right arm raised
the fakes?
they also can earn Varsity
Pathfinding, Public
with the palm out—looked
1 Barbering
Scout letters (much like the
Health).
too much like the Nazi salute 2 Citizenship in the Home
letters worn by high school
 From 1952-1965, Scouts
and was quickly changed
3 Duty to God
athletes) and activity pins for
had to earn 10 required
to the familiar two-fingered
sports and high-adventure
badges plus one from
touch of the right hand to the
4 Farm Home and Its Planning
activities.
the conservation group,
forehead. 5 First Aid to Animals
Varsity Scouts are expected
three from the citizen-
3 THE WORD WEBELOS
6 Immunization
to schedule high-adventure
ship group, one from the
originally came from the
or sports activities, conduct
outdoor-sports group,
first letters of the Cub Scout
7 Intellectual Property Rights
regular service projects, take
and one from either the
ranks—Wolf, Bear, and 8 Interpreting
part in events with national
animal husbandry, plant
Lion—along with Scout.
9 Invention
units or neighboring teams,
cultivation, building,
When the BSA dropped the
including those involving girls
communications, or trans-
Lion rank in 1967, it changed
0
10
Sheep Farming ¿
of similar age, and focus on
portation group.
the slogan to mean “WE’ll BE
. ) 5 7 9 1 - 8 2 9 1 ( l a e R . 0 1
character development within
 In 1972, the BSA dropped
LOyal Scouts.”
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n r a e n a c g n o K g n o H n i s t u o c S h g u o h t l a
the framework of their per-
Camping and Cooking
4 IN 1971, THE CUB SCOUT , e k a F . 7 . t i n r a e n a c a i s e n o d n I n i s t u o c S
sonal and religious beliefs.
from the required list
PROMISE had to be revised.
h g u o h t l a , e k a F . 6 . ) 2 7 9 1 - 1 1 9 1 ( l a e R . 5
The Denali Award, created
and added alternatives to
The phrase “to be square” had
. ) 9 5 9 1 - 8 2 9 1 ( l a e R . 4 . r e v o c s m e l b m e
s u o i g i l e r t a h w s ’ t a h T . e k a F . 3 . ) 2 7 9 1
in 2001, offers a goal beyond
Swimming and Lifesaving.
taken on a negative meaning - 2 5 9 1 ( l a e R . 2 . t i n r a e n a c s e n i p p i l i h P e h t
the Varsity Scout letter.
It also increased the
in popular culture, so it was
n i s t u o c S h g u o h t l a , e k a F . 1 : S R E W S N A
1952 1953 1954 1959 1960 1964
The U.S. Post Office Membership Cubmaster Don Murphy creates the The Scout unit known as the Exploring is established On Scouting’s 50th birth- The Boy Scout Memorial in
Department issues the in the BSA pinewood derby. The first event is Webelos den is created to as a distinct program from day, the U.S. Post Office Washington, D.C., is dedicated,
first American Boy Scout tops 3 million. held in Manhattan Beach, Calif. help maintain the interest of Boy Scouting. Department issues a 4-cent marking the site of the 1937
stamp. The 3-cent stamp 10-year-old Cub Scouts and commemorative stamp. National Scout Jamboree.
shows three Scouts, the provide a bridge for crossing
Statue of Liberty, and the over to Boy Scouting.
Scout badge.
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