Scouting as we know it is a lot like's a great gadget but who invented it? Like TV, it was a group effort. Canadian Ernest Thompson Seton and American Daniel Carter Beard both had successful youth movements based upon a deep understanding of the needs of boys and the romance of nature. They contributed their expertise to help a British Brigadier General Robert Baden-Powell adapt his wildly popular "Aids to Scouting" from a military manual to a program for older boys. The result of this collaboration was the 1908 classic "Scouting for Boys" which became the first Boy Scout Handbook. The modern Boy Scouting movement in the United States began in 1910 when William D. Boyce brought Scouting items back to Chicago from London and started the Boy Scouts of America.