Freemasons nationwide have been of great service to the Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts of America) by supporting the development of Scouting units, serving as volunteers, and assisting, in forming and sponsoring Scout units based out of Masonic Lodges. The relationship between individual Masons and Scouting, which has existed since the founding of Scouting in America, has resulted in immeasurable benefits for both Freemasonry and Scouting.
There are currently three Masonic recognitions available to Scouts BSA members in Indiana:
Bluffton Lodge 145 presented Eagle Scout Trey Harris with the Indiana Masonic Eagle Scout Award from the Indiana Grand Lodge.
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The principles inculcated in scouting parallel those in Masonry, as such, many Scouters have continued their journey of personal growth by becoming associated with the Masonic order as adults. In fact, there is no part of the Scout Law and the Scout Promise that is not also found in fundamental beliefs of Freemasonry.
The Grand Lodge of Indiana developed the Indiana Masonic Eagle Award to recognize the achievements of individual Eagle Scouts in the State of Indiana. This award highlights the hard work, perseverance, and dedication of the new Eagle Scout to Scouting. Recipients receive a commendation from Grand Lodge and a letter from the Grand Master.
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The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is an honor due to the countless Freemasons who practice the ideals of Freemasonry and act as role models to the young men who are part of one of our nation’s most outstanding youth organizations. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who brought Scouting to America, but proclaims the integrity of the Freemason who is honored by receiving the award.
This award was created by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania with the approval of the Boy Scouts of America as a national Masonic Scouter award and will be administered by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania as a service to all other Grand Lodges. The Grand Lodge of Indiana is proud to have facilitated the presentation of this award to many of our members.
Freemasonry’s relationship with the Scouts BSA started with a Freemason named Daniel Carter Beard. Bro. Beard was made a Mason in Mariner’s Lodge No. 67, New York City, NY, and later affiliated with Cornucopia Lodge 563, Flushing, NY.
In the late 1800’s, he founded a male youth program called the “Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone.” By 1905, the program had become “The Boy Pioneers.”
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who was not a Mason, read of Beard’s program. Baden-Powell, based on his own military experience, developed what was known as the “Boy Scouts” in Great Brittan. In 1910, the Boy Scout program came to America when Bro. Beard merged “The Boy Pioneers “into the “Boy Scouts of America” and became its first National Commissioner.
Bro. Beard, known affectionately as “Uncle Dan” by millions of Boy Scouts, worked tirelessly to create the Scouting Program that we know today. He developed the elements of the Scout badge & uniform and wrote and illustrated various early publications of the Boy Scouts of America. Bro. Beard exemplified the Masonic ideals throughout the Scouting program.
Follow the instructions provided at the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation Daniel Carter Beard Scouter Award page. Go Now
Tony Harvey, Past Master was the 2012 Prestonian Lecturer. He has a book and presentation entitled 'Scouting & Freemasonry: two parallel organizations?'