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“Today, America is engaged in a great war, and its most critical battles may be ahead. The brunt of that fight will fall squarely on the shoulders of the young men of today.”


G. E. CHRONIC, NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF SENIOR SCOUTING, 1942


1940s


Flags at Scout camps and buildings across the world fly at half-staff Jan. 8, 1941, after the death of Scouting’s founder, Lord Baden-Powell.


The nation adopts Scouting’s motto, “Be Prepared,” at the request of President Roosevelt after the U.S. entered into World War II at the end of 1941.


1,184,924,000 pounds: The amount of waste paper gathered (1942-44) by Scouts for the war production. Scouts also collect aluminum, food, clothing, and they sell war bonds and stamps.


“Man Power Builds Boy Power” reads a headline in the 1945 annual report—which shows that, despite wartime manpower shortages, 393,979 volunteer leaders keep Scouting strong.


MARCH•APRIL 2013 ¿ S COUTING 29


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