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RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO give Scouters news on America’s fledgling movement, the BSA launched Scouting magazine in April 1913. Immediately, it became the first word on all things Scouting, with coverage of gear, advancement, service, and even what the well-dressed Scout leader should wear. Read more from the teens and ’20s at scoutingmagazine.org/archives.


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The first issue of Scouting—an eight- page, twice-monthly newsletter—hits mailboxes with the aim of answering thousands of inquiring letters.


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2,975: The number of letters received in 1913 by the 56 employees of the national headquarters office.


In October 1919, a printers’ strike leaves Scouting magazine in limbo— until friends of the movement print several “emergency” bundles of the issue for leaders to share.


The BSA—250,000 members strong—carries out thousands of service projects during the first World War, including the “Every Scout Feed a Soldier” campaign. In the effort, Scouts plant and raise more than 12,000 war gardens.


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