In 2006 I attended Wood Badge. At the time I was Scoutmaster of a small troop with a small budget. Many of the Scouts were also of lesser means. I was frustrated with the lack of resources, especially merit badge pamphlets. I wished that they were available in PDF so I could print copies for youth when they needed one.
I am a software developer, and when writing my ticket, I thought that this site would be a great way to solve my frustration as well as others. Our course leadership was very interested in the idea, and it was approved. This site came soon thereafter.
I purchased the first 30-40 pamphlets myself and scanned them to PDF. Soon others began contributing their scanned pamphlets. Yet on average we were receiving 20-30 visitors daily. I never had grandiose dreams for this site, and I was happy just to see it show up in search results.
At the end of July 2010 BSA contacted me and requested I remove the pamphlets for copyright reasons. Since then I have sought to petition BSA to provide freely available advancement materials via online downloads.