Articles in Cincinnati Enquirer: Boy Scouts in N. KY by Ray Schefer Enquirer Contributor
Generations of Boy Scouts across the world may never have known the joys of scouting had it not been for a Northern Kentuckian: Daniel Carter Beard. Beard was born in 1850 in Cincinnati.His family later moved to 322 E. Third St. in Covington, KY.It was through a boyhood game during the Civil War that the Boy Scouts of American originated. Beard and some of his friends often hiked in the woods near his home to evade the Union troops stationed in Northern KY to protect Cincinnati.They learned survival skills from the soldiers, such as how to build a brush shelter and how to make a clay oven. "Life was rough in that time and place," Beard wrote in his autobiography, Hardly a Man is Now Alive. The boys later formed "The Sons of Daniel Boone."An Englishman, Sir Robert Baden-Powell, later started a scouting program similar to Beard's boys. The young Beard was also part of a mini-Civil War with some boys in Newport.They threw stones at first, but that escalated to firing rifles and pistols."We had no just cause to shoot at the Newport boys, other than they lived on one side of the river," Beard wrote, "(It was) just as god a reason we supposed as existed between the warring factions of the North and South."The boys were caught and threatened with jail, but were handed over to thier parents. Beard studied engineering at the old Worrall Academy in Covington and later served in the city engineer's office in Cincinnati. But he later returned to his skills as an outdoorsman.In 1878 he moved to New York City, where he found work as an illustrator for many books and magazines.He illustrated two of Mark Twain's novels, Tome Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.Perhaps his most famous work was for Twin's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.He also wrote numerous books on outdoors subjects. He died in 1941, but Beard's memory lives on.The Interstate 471 bridge (over the Ohio river between Cincinnati and Newport) was named after him in 1976.
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Daniel Carter Beard, who was born on Ninth Street in Cincinnati on June 21, 1850.When Beard was 11 years old, the family moved to 322 E. Third St. in Covington, KY There is a plaque on the side of the Covington house facing the Licking River, stating that here lived the founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Beard was well acquainted with stories and legends of the Kentucky pioneer life and loved to roam the fields and woods of Greater Cincinnati.His love of nature and lore, coupled with his concern for youth, led him to organize a group called the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905.The troups named themselves for Bone, Simon Kenton, and other noted Kentucky pioneers. Sir Robert Baden-Powell, who formed the Boy Guides of England, readily acknowledged he made use of Beard's organizational plan. In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorported by Beard, who merged the Sons of Daniel Boone into the Boy Scouts. Beard died in 1941 at the age of 91.