Boy Scouts celebrate 104 years

Local scouts walk in the parade.

Tall and proud, the Boy Scouts celebrated their 104th anniversary on Saturday with a parade through downtown Austin.

Thousands of scouts, parents and troop leaders joined in.

The theme of the parade: “Prepared for Life”, reflecting scouting’s rich history of giving young people the skills and experiences to succeed as adults.

Not just a camping club, scouting helps youngsters build self-esteem, learn leadership skills and achieve their goals.

“He’s got a lot of leadership skills working with others,” said Jennifer Weaver about her scouting son. “A lot of camaraderie, being part of a team.  Being part of a group and learning to support each other, and accept each other.”

Community service is a bedrock for scouts: Last year in Central Texas Eagle Scout candidates put in 80,000 hours of service over 15 counties.

Organizers say 91% of veteran scouts graduate from high school. 83% of veteran scouts say scouting helped them succeed in their chosen career. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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