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Chums (paper)

CHUMS was a boy weekly newspaper started in 1892 that was the official paper of the British Boy Scouts and British Boys' Naval Brigade (National Naval Cadets). The publisher also gather the weekly paper into a monthly and annual editions.


Started by Cassell and Company in 1892 as a weekly newspaper for boys. It was appearently modeled on 'Boy's Own Paper', having articles and stories covering various topics. CHUMS launch with a serial "For Glory and Renown" by D. H. Parry and articles on football training, Harrow School, and Julius Caesar in Britain. Initial CHUM had problems with gaining readers away from 'Boy's Own Paper'. Two serials, "The Iron Pirate," by first editor Max Pemberton in 1892 and "Treasure Island," by Robert Louis Stevenson, in 1894 push the paper into some success.

CHUMS' "On the Watch Tower" news column reported on September 11th 1907 that Robert Baden-Powell's Brownsea Island Scouting encampment was proposed and his recommendation that Boy Scout groups should be formed. Readers were interest in forming Scouting groups and the editor staff initial support this move indicate that Baden-Powell would be consulted. Later, CHUMS indicated that there would be a Legion of CHUMs Scouts formed from the CHUMS Scout Patrols to be anounced later. Instead CHUMS announced the launch of British Boy Scouts and that it would be the official journal in May 1909.

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