His Boy Scout membership certificate is great — especially the illustration of the Boy Scout helping an elderly woman across the street. On the back side you can read the Boy Scout oath and law, which is much the same as it it today.
There are over 4.5 million members today and over 110 million since it was started.
Per Wikipedia, “The progressive movement in the United States was at its height during the early 20th century. With the migration of families from farms to cities, there were concerns among some people that young men were no longer learning patriotism and individualism. The YMCA was an early promoter of reforms for young men with a focus on social welfare and programs of mental, physical, social and religious development.”
I’m not sure what badges John earned. It looks like you could earn them in:
• first aid
• physical development
• personal health
• public health
• life saving
Images courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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