Charles Frederick Weller was born on August 19, 1870, in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in 1894. One of his first positions was as director of the Chicago Bureau of Charities. Weller and his wife Eugenia were leaders in the recreation movement in Washington, D.C., establishing the first playground there. They also established a variety of organized charities, including the Englewood and West Side districts of the Chicago Bureau of Charities. In addition, Weller was director of the National Council of Boy Scouts and in 1941, founded the World Fellowship Center with his wife in Albany, NH. In 1952, he handed over the reigns of the Center to Willard Uphaus. He died on May 18, 1957.