The Boy Scouts were founded in 1907 by England native, Robert Baden-Powell. Designed to promote the moral and physical growth of young boys, the Boy Scouts program was officially brought to America in 1910 by American publisher William Dickenson Boyce, beginning what would be a popular and widespread organization.
The exhibit will feature Scout documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia from the William “Jack” Spears Boy Scouts of America Records and Photographs Collection. Jack Spears, a prominent Delaware County Scoutmaster and collector of Boy Scout memorabilia, spent many hours researching the local scout summer camp, Camp Redwing. After his death in 2009, his wife, Cindy, donated a portion of his extensive Boy Scouts collection to the Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections. For more information, please contact Lajmar Anderson at LDAnderson@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.