L. Ron Hubbard was born in Tilden, Nebraska on 13 March 1911, his father was a naval officer and his mother an educated woman, rare at that time, who had attended teacher’s college. L. Ron Hubbard’s long and adventurous road of discovery began at an early age and under the guidance of his mother, he was reading well beyond his years. When his family moved to Helena, Montana, he was soon breaking broncos with the best of the local wranglers. A curious boy in what was still a rough and tumble American West, he soon befriended local Blackfoot Indians, learning tribal lore and legends from a local medicine man, even achieving that very rare status of Blood Brother. Due to his father's naval career the family moved to Washington DC where L. Ron Hubbard joined the Boy Scouts. By the age of thirteen, he had became the nation’s youngest Eagle Scout and represented American scouting to then United States President Calvin Coolidge.
In the late 1920’s young L. Ron Hubbard’s father was assigned to the American military Naval base on Guam in the South Pacific as a United States naval commander. Due to this the family travelled across the pacific and L. Ron Hubbard started the first of his travels in Asia. In all he covered more than a quarter of a million miles by the age of nineteen and travelled through much of China and India. During this time he was fortunate to become one of the few western adventurers to enter forbidden Tibetan lamaseries in the western hills of China, and studied with the last in the line of royal magicians from the court of Kublai Khan. L. Ron Hubbard witnessed many wonders, but he could not help but think that the wisdom of the East did not help to ease suffering and poverty in these overpopulated lands.