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Polish Boy Scouts fighting in the Warsaw Uprising

Boy Scouts originally denoted the organization that developed and rapidly grew up during 1908 in the wake of the publication by Lord Robert Baden-Powell of his book Scouting for Boys. A Boy Scout originally referred to a male youth between the age of 12 and 17 who participated in the program. The program was soon expanded to involve younger children as Cub Scouts, age 8 to 11. Today, many national scouting programs also have a program for young children aged 6 to 8 years. There is also a young-adult program aimed at 18 to 25-year-olds. This program was originally called Rovering but now goes under various names as established by national Scouting organizations.

At the first national scout gathering held in the United Kingdom, Baden-Powell discovered that there were a significant number of girls involved in the movement. He and his sister formed a parallel organization for girls called the Girl Guides.

Polish Boy Scouts on guard at the monument to all the children who fell in the Warsaw Uprising
Polish Boy Scouts on guard at the monument to all the children who fell in the Warsaw Uprising

Each national scouting organization that belongs to the World Organization of the Scout Movement decides whether its program will be for boys only or will be coeducational. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the parallel scouting organization for girls in Scouting.

The history of and further information on Boy Scouts is contained in the main article on Scouting.

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Boy Scouts of America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3746 words)
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is an organization for boys between the ages of 7 and 18, and for both young men and women between the ages of 14 and 21, based in the United States of America, with some presence in other countries.
The Boy Scouts of America was inspired by and modeled on the Boy Scouts, established by Robert Baden-Powell in Britain in 1907.
The Boy Scouts of America was established in 1910 by William D. Boyce.
Boy Scout Advancement (1738 words)
Boys that started work on a merit badge before the requirements changed may continue to use the old requirements until they complete the badge (or turn 18), or they may use the new requirements.
Since the Boy Scout Handbook is not revised every time a change in advancement requirements is made, the information in the 10th Edition of the Handbook, in a number of cases, does not reflect the requirements that were in effect until the new Handbook was issued.
Scouting Service Project, Inc. Website ©1997-2005 may be reproduced and used locally by Scouting volunteers for training purposes consistent with the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) [Links to BSA Sites] or other Scouting and Guiding Organizations.
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