In 1909, American businessman W. D. Boyce became lost in a dense London fog.
As he was trying to find his way, he was approached by a boy carrying a lantern,
who offered to take Boyce to the address he was looking for. When they arrived
at the destination, Boyce offered the boy a tip. The boy refused, saying, "No,
sir, I am a Scout. Scouts do not accept tips for courtesies or Good Turns."
Boyce was so impressed with the lad and the Scouting concept he brought the
idea back to the United States. On February 8, 1910, Boyce filed incorporation
papers for the Boy Scouts of America in the District of Columbia.