Sunday, July 25, 2010

Scouts March on Washington: Prelude

In 1935, the Boy Scouts of America were preparing to celebrate their silver anniversary by holding their first National Jamboree in Washington, DC. When a great polio epidemic broke out, the BSA had to delay their plans until 1937, when 25,000 Scouts camped around the Washington Monument and Tidal Basin. The event was covered extensively by national media and attended by President Franklin Roosevelt.

It was also accompanied by a grand parade down the main street.

There has not been such a parade since them, until today, as the BSA celebrates its centennial year. If I wasn't so tired right now, I'd tell you all about it. But it's going to have to wait. Meanwhile, feast your eyes on this pre-emptive centennial celebration out of Northbrook, Illinois.

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