The Boy Scouts of America are turning 100 and marking the occasion with a big DC celebration starting this weekend—and the public is invited to enjoy it, too. Read on to find out how to get in on the fun and adventure.
What: BSA Grand Centennial Parade
When: July 25, 1 pm
Where: Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 17th Streets
Kicking off the celebration is the BSA Grand Centennial Parade on July 25. Starting at 1pm, more than 10,000 scouts and volunteers will march down Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th streets. The parade will also feature American Idol runner-up Justin Guarini; six major floats; 12 balloons, including two of the beavers from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; Screech, the Washington Nationals Mascot; and the Geico Racing Presidents.
What: Adventure Base 100
When: July 23-August 8, 10am – 6pm daily
Where: National Mall, Constitution Avenue & 15th Street NW
The Centennial events continue on the National Mall with Adventure Base 100, a unique, interactive 10,000+ square-foot traveling campus featuring hands-on views and exhibits of the Boy Scouts of America 100-year history. Adventure Base 100 will be in Washington, DC, July 23 – August 8, as just one of its 40 stops across the country.
When: July 24-25, 10am – 6pm (or museum close)
Where: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, International Spy Museum, the Boy Scout Memorial in President’s Park (National Park Service), Adventure Base 100, BSA Grand Centennial Parade, National Archives, National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Coinciding with the above events is ScoutQuest. Open to Scouts and non-Scouts alike, ScoutQuest is a high-tech scavenger hunt where participants will visit various museums around the city to find specially placed QR (Quick Response) codes they can scan with smart phones. Once scanned, each QR code will reveal a piece of Scouting history!