Orig., a member of the "Boy Scouts," an
organization of boys founded in 1908, by Sir R.S.S. Baden-Powell, to
promote good citizenship by creating in them a spirit of civic duty
and of usefulness to others, by stimulating their interest in
wholesome mental, moral, industrial, and physical activities, etc.
Hence, a member of any of the other similar organizations, which are
now worldwide. In "The Boy Scouts of America" the local councils are
generally under a scout commissioner, under whose supervision are
scout masters, each in charge of a troop of two or more patrols of
eight scouts each, who are of three classes, tenderfoot,
second-class scout, and first-class scout.
© Webster 1913.