About Our Name
We take our name from the White Stag of Hungarian legend, the symbol of the 1933 World Jamboree held in Hungary. This Jamboree was the last attended by the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell. The White Stag was the symbol of challenge to reach for goals beyond one’s perceived limitations and thus a challenge to grow as human beings, a fitting symbol for a leadership program.
The History of White Stag
White Stag was founded in 1958 by educational psychologist Dr. Bela Banathy. He conceived the idea of a program that defined and taught specific leadership competencies to youth. With the input of other social scientists and the assistance of a key group of fellow Scouters, Bela formulated and tested a method for managing the learning of leadership skills. The program was adapted in 1972 by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the official nationwide Junior Leader Training Program.