So what is Scouting? I hear you ask.
Well let me tell you all about it, Scouting (or the Scout Movement) is a movement that aims to support young people in their physical,
mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills.
During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups for boys.
In 1906 and 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, a Lieutenant General in the British Army, wrote a book for boys about reconnaissance and scouting.
In 1906 B. P. (as he became affectionately known) was invited by William Alexander Smith of the Boys' Brigade if he would organise a camp for his members, using ideas contained in his book.
B P agreed that he would organise a camp on a condition that it would not be restricted to boys from the B.B. but that it should encompass boys from all walks of life, which was agreed to.
The camp was finally held in 1907 on Brownsea Island nr. Pool in Dorset with twenty boys attending from various walks if life including Eton and the East End of London not to mention those from the B.B. The camp was a huge success with boys learning various new skills from cooking on open wood fires, tracking to learning about nature, all ideas included in his book.
Baden-Powell wrote “Scouting for Boys” (London, 1908), based on his earlier books about military scouting.
The camp and the publication of Scouting for Boys are generally regarded as the start of the Scout Movement.
Another widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable headwear Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil (for our sister movement the Guides), as well as badges and other patches.
The year 2007 marked the centenary of Scouting world wide, and member organisations planned events to celebrate the occasion.
Scouting hit the headlines in 2009 when TV adventurer Bear Grylls was announced as the new Chief Scout.
The movement employs the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including
camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking and sports..
There are now over 520,000 people involved in Scouting in the U.K and it's still growing with new members, helpers and leaders joining the adventure every week,