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Scouting has long recognized the need to create a safe environment for its youth. The Boy Scouts of America incorporated in 1910, and by the next year had already begun to require character reference checks for Scoutmasters. Two years later, in 1912, the BSA began to provide guidance to parents and chartered organizations in selecting Scout leaders. By the mid-1920s, Scouting was cross-referencing all adult volunteers against a list of “ineligible volunteers” to identify and keep out individuals deemed by the BSA as lacking the moral, emotional, or character values for membership. Before the end of the decade, every male adult involved in Scouting was required to register with the organization. In 1935, Col. Theodore Roosevelt stated that leadership is a sacred trust and discussed the existence and use of the confidential list of ineligible volunteers to protect youth, and two years later, this process was discussed in the book The History of the Boy Scouts of America.