History Of Scouting

Brownsea Island first Scout camp 1907

Brownsea Island first Scout camp 1907

In 1907 Robert Baden-Powell ran the first Scout camp at Brownsea Island off the South Coast of England. Both Baden-Powell and the boys who attended agreed the camp had been successful. This is considered the beginning of Scouting. The following year his book Scouting for Boys was published and proved a great success, being reprinted 10 times in only two years. Scout Troops sprang up around Britain, and by 1922 a world Scouting organization had been established. Throughout the years Scouting has become the world’s largest youth organization, with Scouts in hundreds of countries worldwide. Each scout becomes a member of a worldwide family spread over many languages and races. Baden-Powell insisted that education should be fun and this idea is the basis of the Scouting movement. His system allows youth members to learn how to improve themselves and help society, while having fun and making friends. Scouts have the option of deciding what they want to learn and how fast they learn it, have goals to work towards and obtain recognition for their efforts. As the Scout progresses through the sections they can also develop leadership skills which may help them in the future.