SCOUTS - Be Prepared

About Scouting

Robert Baden-Powell, the founder, was born in 1857. When he left school he joined the army as a sub-Lt in Africa. He taught outdoor survival skills, which he taught himself when at Charterhouse school in Godalming.

When he returned to England, many boys looked upon him as a hero. He started writing articles in newspapers and magazines about army scouting principles and how they could be adopted for everyday life.

In 1907 he organised a camp on BrownSea Island near Pool in Dorset. The young people who attended the great time playing sports, campaign, cooking, tracking, and learning knots - things young people had little chance of doing before.

After the successful camp Baden-Powell put all his ideas to the test. He wrote a book ‘Scouting for Boys’ it again was a success, soon many thousands of boys were calling themselves Boy Scouts and so an official organisation was formed. By 1910 then was 100,000 boys in scouting.

In 1916 cub scouting was started for boys between the ages of 8 to 11. The realisation that a much younger age group could benefit from scouting came much later, when in 1986 Beaver colonies were set up for the 6 to 8-year-olds.

In 2002 the Explorer Scout section, for 14 to 18-year-olds, was launched, Along with the Scout network for older Scouts and young leaders.

Today, local Scout group is endeavour of the scouting to young people between the ages of 6 to 25 years in either mixed or single sex sections.

THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION

The aim of the Scout association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential is, as individuals and as members of their local national and international community. The method of achieving this aim is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout law and Promise and guided by adult leadership.