Sir Robert Baden-Powell founded Scouting in his country of England in 1907. His organization to benefit the young men of the world was an instant fit with the LDS Church and its programs. When Scouting came to America in 1910, the LDS Church was the first chartered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
The partnership between Scouting and the LDS Church has and remains a strong connection of helping boys in the Aaronic Priesthood to perform their Duty to God and to their country.
Currently, the LDS Church is the largest chartered organization of the Boy Scouts of America, sponsoring over 430,000 youth. The Church is also the largest chartered partner of the Utah National Parks Council.
Norman Rockwell and Scouting Exhibit
The first exhibit consists of paintings by famous American artist Norman Rockwell and displays 23 original works of art. Rockwell was commissioned in 1912 by Boys’ Life magazine, the original publication of the Boy Scouts of America. After Brown and Bigelow calendar company, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, published one of Rockwell’s Scout paintings, its popularity led Rockwell to produce paintings for them for over 52 years.
Scouts can visit many of these original works of art learning more about this famous American artist. Additionally, the Museaum provide a booklet for Scouts to begin work on their Art merit badge.
A Good Turn Daily: 100 Years of Scouting and the Aaronic Priesthood
The Museum has added a second exhibit that tells the story of the partnership between the LDS Church and Scouting and how Scouting supports young men to perform their Duty to God. This exhibit is designed for Scouting-age boys but also benefits adults, moms, and leaders to understand the role Scouting plays in the Young Men’s program of the Church. Even those not of the LDS Faith can learn ideas of how to adapt the Scouting program to their faith and for the strength of their youth.
“The original signed charter issued to the Church in 1913 by the Boy Scouts of America is on display, as well as a 1920s Scout handbook belonging to 13-year-old Howard W. Hunter, who grew up to become the 14th President of the Church.”
The Museum also provides a booklet for Scouters to begin work on their Scouting Heritage merit badge.
These two exhibits are a great opportunity for members of the Utah Scouting community to learn more about Scoutings heritage and how the program serves young men of the Church. Do not miss out on this historic opportunity.
Museum Hours: Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sunday, and most holidays: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Museum Location: 45 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
Website: lds.org/museum or call (801) 240-3310.
Information taken from exhibit pamphlet.
Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council