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OUR RACE TO THE 21ST CENTURY brought big issues into focus, such as the importance of physical fitness to youth, the vital role the outdoors plays in a child’s development, the new realities of the developing boy, and the imperative for trained leaders—all covered in-depth by Scouting magazine. Read more from the ’90s and 2000s coming soon at scoutingmagazine.org/archives.


“My husband and I were waiting to board a flight and the seating assignment line grew longer, while the airline staff became more harried. Not long after, they announced, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly


begin our pre-boarding procedures, but first we’d like to thank the Boy Scouts for fixing our computer!” LETTER TO THE EDITOR, 1992


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Scouts distribute more than 15 million “Drugs: A Deadly Game” booklets to help warn youth of the dangers of drugs.


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In 1990, the BSA releases two videos designed to raise awareness of the organization’s Youth Protection Guidelines—one aimed for Scouts ages 11-14 and another for those ages 6-9.


Conservation, energy-saving methods, awareness of heart disease, and the importance of exercise all become popular topics for Scouting leaders in the ’90s—in addition to Scouting-related material.


At the 1997 National Scout Jamboree, Scouts set a world record for “longest fire bucket chain.” (It was two and a half miles long!)


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