While walking the misty streets of London in 1909, American businessman William D. Boyce lost his way. A boy offered to guide him to his destination. Boyce wanted to pay him, but the boy explained that he was a Scout, and that Scouts do not accept money for doing good turns.
Eager to learn more, Mr. Boyce met with Robert Baden-Powell (pictured at left), founder of the Boy Scout movement in Great Britain. Boyce knew that boys back home would like the idea, so he brought Scouting to the United States.
Papers incorporating the Boy Scouts of America were signed on February 8, 1910—the date celebrated as the official birthday of the BSA.