Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge

This exhibition tells the stories of the boys and girls who learned valuable life skills and made lasting friendships in their local troops.

The Boy Scouts of America incorporated on February 8, 1910, inspired by the British Scout Association founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell who began the association to teach boys life skills based on his military training. Girl Scouting in the United States began on March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Guide troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia.

Scouting has a long history in West Baton Rouge Parish; Boy Scout Troop 38 received its charter in 1932 and the first Girl Scout troop was organized in 1933. Artifacts from Port Allen’s old Scout Hut will be on display along with items loaned by local Scouters, including uniforms, photographs, and scrapbooks. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a portion of the exhibit will focus on the special badges that can be earned by Scouts related to Space Flight, Aeronautics, and Engineering.