Support for the Boy Scout movement came at The American Legion's first National Convention in 1919. Today, there are more than 2,500 Boy Scout units sponsored by Legion Posts throughout the country.
Supporting Boy Scout activities is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as Veterans to bear to help build character and positive traits in "Young America." Few other Post activities generate more goodwill from the community.
As I write this, it is the season of Giving and Caring and spreading the joy of the Lord. I am deeply thankful for the service of our members and I am thankful for the service of our Scouts. I am so proud of the all the Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members and I would like to draw attention to one group in particular, the Scouts of our Pequot Lakes Post who rang bells for the Salvation Army and also put together gift packages for community helpers. A wonderful story was done by the Echo Journal on both of these efforts:
I want to thank all of the Posts who charter Scouting units and I hope that each and everyone of our posts will consider taking on this exciting partnership. For those Posts that do not charter units I do hope you are supporting your local council. I know that many of our Posts find ways to support a local unit but please remember that the BSA and the IRS have rules about donating to units. Many of you may not know that I am a local council employee as well as your Scouting representative. Please if you ever have any questions let me know. I will do my best to reach out to each Post Commander in the coming to weeks to see how we can enhance the partnership between each Legion Post and the Scouting world. It is an honor to serve.