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- January 1st – Happy New Year!
- January 12, 1910 – Girl Guides created in England
- January 8, 1941 – Baden-Powell dies in Nyeri, Kenya, where he spent the last few years of his life
- January 24, 1908 – Scouting for Boys is first published
- January 1941 – Air Scouts created (later became Air Explorers then Aviation Explorers, then Aviation Career Exploring as part of the Learning for Life organization)
- February 8, 1910 – Boy Scouts of America founded in Washington, D.C., by W. D. Boyce.
- Scout Sunday/Sabbath – The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls on or precedes February 8 as Scout Sunday. However, some chartered organizations celebrate on another day. For instance, the Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February so as to not conflict with Communion Sunday and in the Jewish faith Scout Sabbath is celebrated on the Saturday after February 8 as Scouting Anniversary Day.
- February 22, 1857 – Birth of Lord Robert Stephen Baden-Powell, "BP", the founder of Scouting.
- February 22, 1889 – Birth of Olave Baden-Powell, wife of "BP", World Chief Guide.
- February 28, 2008 – First World Scout Winter Games
- March 12, 1912 – The Girl Scouts of the USA is founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia.
- March 17, 1910 – Founding of the Camp Fire Girls, now Camp Fire USA.
- March 22, 2010 – The BSA formally joins with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to Inspire Youth Across America
- June 1, 2008 – National Trails Day
- June 15, 1916 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.
- June 25, 1977 – Olave Baden-Powell, wife of Robert Baden-Powell, former Chief World guide, one of the only two recipients of the gold silver fish, died at Birtley House, Bramley in Surrey, UK. Her ashes were taken to Kenya to be buried with her husband.
- June 30, 1937 – First National Jamboree, held at Washington, DC. Ran from June 30-July 9. Was to have been in 1935, but was canceled due to a polio epidemic.
- June 1923 – First recorded use of the word "woggle" (early Scouts tied a knot in their neckerchief) in the June issue of the Scout magazine. The word ring was used in early editions of the Scouting handbook Scouting for Boys until 1929 when Baden-Powell changed it in the 14th edition: "It [the scarf] may be fastened at the throat by a knot or woggle, which is some form of ring made of cord, metal or bone, or anything you like."
- August 1-9, 1907 – Robert Baden-Powell holds the first (experimental) Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island. He began setting camp up on July 29, 1907.
- August 6, 1900 – William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, the father of American Scouting, is born in Denmark.
- August 8, 1909 – Scout camp half-held on the Training Ship Mercury (there was only room for 50 boys but it had earlier been advertised as a camp for the top 100 boys, so half camped on land then they switched half-way through), which led to the formation of Sea Scouts.
- August 21, 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred becomes the first Eagle Scout in the history of Boy Scouts of America.
- August 22, 1908 – First official Scout camp at Humshaugh, England. The Scouting movement didn't officially exist during the 1907 Brownsea Island camp -- this was the first camp attended by registered Scouts.
September 8-19, 1919 – The first Wood Badge course is held at Gilwell Park, England.
November 9, 1992 – William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, a father of American Scouting, dies in America.
- December 16, 1773 – Boston Tea Party
- December 16, 1916 – Wolf Cub Section started for boys too young to be Boy Scouts
- December 19, 1777 – Winter at Valley Forge begins