The Boy Scouts of America is the largest youth organization in the United States. Its three programs combined (cub scouting, boy scouting, and venturing) serve 2.8 million young members.
Many people have been Scouts over the years. In fact, more than 111 million people have taken part in Boy Scout programs since the group was founded in 1910.
February 8, 2010 marks the organization's 100th anniversary. The Treasury can issue silver dollars to commemorate this centennial because of the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, passed in 2008. Part of the price of the coin will be used to help expand scouting programs in places that are hard to serve.
The Boy Scouts' oath and law are based on values that help members make good choices as long as they live. Scouts and their leaders pledge to live up to this oath: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." According to the Scout Law, a Scout is "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent."
Scouts and their leaders serve their communities every year through volunteer service projects. These projects meet many kinds of needs in areas like food, shelter, education, and environmental conservation.
The Boy Scouts of America's 100th anniversary celebration will help members, leaders, and alumni to get ready for the organization's next century of service.
On the front of the coin, a cub scout, boy scout, and female venturer salute. The dates 1910 and 2010 mark the anniversary. The words "Continuing the Journey" are part of the celebration's theme.
On the back, the Boy Scouts of America's emblem is front and center. The motto "Be Prepared" appears near the rim, along with the name "Boy Scouts of America" and standard inscriptions.
Members of the Armed Forces of the United States have served our nation faithfully around the world. Millions of them became permanently disabled while defending our freedom, and we owe them a special debt of gratitude.
One way that gratitude is expressed is through the American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act of 2008. This Act allows the United States Mint to mint and issue commemorative silver dollar coins to honor these heroes.
Congress has allowed a surcharge from the sale of these coins to be paid to the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. The foundation is planning to build an American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC.
The designs on the coin remind us of our disabled veterans' loyalty and courage. The image of boots and crutches on the front commemorates the disabilities some veterans live with every day because of their sacrificial service to our country.
On the back, the oak branches in the wreath represent strength. The forget-me-not flower became connected with veterans during World War I, when soldiers saw these flowers growing on the graves of their fallen comrades. After the war, the flower was used as a symbol for remembering those who had fallen.
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