What is Scouting?

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The Scout Association was founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden- Powell when he took a group of 20 boys from a variety of backgrounds to a camp at Brownsea Island in Poole Dorset. Now, in 2018, in a sentence, The Scout Association is the largest international youth organisation with over half a million members in the UK alone. Scouting is open to any young person between the ages of 6-25 years old, as well as adult volunteers. 

A recent definition from The Scout Association stated that:

“Scouting offers fun and friendship, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. We have a positive impact on young people, our 100,000 adult volunteers and the communities in which we live.

Offering over 200 different activities from abseiling and archery to drama, street sports and water zorbing, Scouting helps 6-25 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active members of their communities.

This is only possible through the efforts of 100,000 volunteers who also enjoy the fun and friendship
of Scouting. Trusted by nearly a million parents each week, the Movement welcomes members from all backgrounds, faiths and cultures. Special emphasis is placed on bringing the Scouting programme to young people who currently do not benefit, particularly those in inner cities, those in rural areas and other disadvantaged groups. The Scout Association is a registered charity in the UK and part of a worldwide movement of 31 million Scouts working for peace and global friendship.”

For more information, take a look at The Scout Association website, www.scouts.org.uk. Also, for information about local districts in Nottingham, see the City of Nottingham District site at www.nottingham-scouts.org.uk, and South West District site at www.swnotts-scouts.org.uk. Visit this website for a rough timeline of 110 years of Scouting: https://scoutingmagazine.org/issues/1001/a-timeline.html


Famous Robert Baden- Powell quotes:

‘Scouting is a movement, because it moves forward. As soon as it stops moving, it becomes an Organisation, and is no longer Scouting.’

‘Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.’

‘Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best.’

‘The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.’