Welcome to the new Scouting magazine archive

How many magazines do you know that can say they’ve published for 100 years? Scouting100_Patch

As of April 2013, you can count Scouting magazine among them.

For 100 years, we’ve published more than 900 issues — all with the same goal: serving the BSA’s adult leaders and volunteers.

To celebrate our centennial anniversary, we’ve partnered up with the University of North Texas Digital Projects Unit to digitize every single issue of Scouting that ever rolled off the press. The National Scouting Museum—which safely stores every issue of Scouting, especially the earliest editions—graciously lent the issues to this digitizing project. We’re excited to see what this collaborative effort produces.

You can view the initial product from this partnership at scoutingmagazine.org/archives. Here, you’ll see scanned editions of magazines from as early as 1913 to the mid 1920s.

Visitors can search these scans, zoom in to examine photographs and illustrations, and read stories that describe issues faced by early Scouters.

Amy Braid, a UNT library science graduate, scans an issue of Scouting magazine at the university’s Digital Projects Unit.

Where’s the rest of it?
It’s coming … soon. We’ll be rolling out the decades as they become available. And, in the interim, we’re still polishing and refining a few things, too. We’d love to get your thoughts on what you like and dislike about the new archives page — send a Letter to the Editor.

If you don’t already, follow Scouting on Facebook and Twitter to get instant updates when we add to the archive. Or check back and see what you can uncover as you click through the years.

Plus, you won’t want to miss our cover contest — Scouting Magazine Cover Madness, starting March 4 — in which 50 participants will win an exclusive Scouting magazine centennial patch.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. I am trying to locate a magazine from 1985 which had on the front cover a group of scouts starting a campfire at the jamboree. Can you please help me locate this magazine as my son was on the cover and the magazine has been lost and would like to replace it. Thank you.

  2. I am trying to locate an article about US GIs in a Japanese POW camp in Asia (like “Bridge Over the River Kwai” situation) where the conditions and treatment were extremely bad. The US soldiers were singing when one of the Japanese guards entered and exclaimed that he had learned the same song at a Boy Scout Jamboree in England. They soon realized that they had attended the very same Jamboree in England. From that moment forward the treatment of the US soldiers improved dramatically. I’d like a copy of the article and the issue date, if possible. Thank you.

  3. Am scheduled to speak at a friend’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, September 12th, 2020. Jim Buick was an airline pilot for (2) major airlines and drove in the Indy 500 competitions. He loaned one of his Indy cars, drove over a thousand miles in the process, to decorate the entrance to the Church’s parking lot…giving the Pinewood Derby and air of immediate professionalism…also loaned the event coordinator (myself) his Indy driving uniform so I could direct traffic … a very professional Derby. The article says it all!

  4. I’m trying to see if my grandfather, a James Ellery Jackson, was a boy scout. If so, he would have been one in Batavia, Clermont County, Ohio between 1914 thru 1921. Also, he was a scout liaison with his church in Cincinnati, a Mt Zion Methodist Church anytime from the 1930s thru the 1960s.

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