This 1910 Society Award is a national recognition for individuals, companies, or organizations who contribute $25,000 or more to the local Council endowment fund. It is designated for gifts that are easily converted to cash and should be paid within five years of the date of the gift.
The four levels of the 1910 Society are named after the early visionary leaders of our Scouting program. These levels are:
$25,000 – Ernest Thompson Seton
First Chief Scout of the BSA and founder of the Woodcraft Indians. He wrote the first official American Scout handbook-Boy Scouts of America: A Handbook of Woodcraft, Scouting, and Life-craft. Seton was a nationally recognized wildlife artist, naturalist, author, and lecturer. He wrote several books, including The Birch-bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians (the manual for Woodcraft Indians), and Wild Animals I Have Known.
$100,000 – Daniel Carter Beard
National Scout Commissioner and founder of the Society of the Sons of Daniel Boone. He also served as the first chairman of the National Court of Honor. Beard wrote and illustrated stories for youth in numerous magazines. He penned The American Boys’ Handy Book and Buckskin Book for Buckskin Men and Boys and illustrated Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
$500,000 – Theodore Roosevelt
Chief Scout Citizen and president of the United States of America. He was recognized as an author, a naturalist, soldier, statesman, and an explorer. Colonel Roosevelt was named honorary vice president of the BSA in 1910, having already achieved a distinguished military career as commander of the famous “Rough Riders’ cavalry regiment in the battle of San Juan Hill.
$1,000,000 – Waite Phillips
One of the Boy Scouts of America’s first benefactors. In 1938, Phillips donated to the BSA a large portion of his ranch in northeastern New Mexico. The ranch was originally named Philturn Rockymountain Scoutcamp but is now called Philmont Scout Ranch. Phillips was an entrepreneur, oilman, outdoorsman, a banker, and rancher.
The 1910 Society Award is a leather-bound Boy Scout Handbook with the donor’s name embossed in gold on the cover. The donor will also receive a distinctive lapel pin/chain and parchment certificate. The level of giving is distinguished by a device on the pin.