Boy & Girl Scouts
During WWII the Boy Scouts of America operated a messenger service for the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD), distributed posters for the Office of war Information, collected aluminum and books and planted trees. Girl Scouts (including many Japanese-American girls in internment camps) were also very active on the home front. When sales of Girl Scout Cookies were stopped due to shortage of sugar, flour, and butter, the girls began selling calendars to raise money for activities. The girls also sold war bonds, conducted scrap drives, and cultivated Victory Gardens. During the war, Girl Scouts collected 1.5 million items of clothing for war refugees. Many girls also worked as farm aides or operated bicycle courier services.