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So what’s it all about then?

In official jargon: Scouting exists to promote the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of young people. We do this by providing a wide range of adventurous activities in a safe environment.

From a child or young person’s point of view, it’s called ‘having fun’.

Scouting started with an experimental camp for 20 boys of different backgrounds held on Brownsea Island in 1907, run by Lt-Gen Robert Baden-Powell, a national hero for his work in holding the fort during the Seige of Mafeking in the Boer War of the late 1890s.

His publication of the six-part magazine, and later book, Scouting For Boys, led to groups of boys forming patrols all over the country and looking for adult leadership. By 1908, BP realised an organisation was needed to support his ideas and orgnised Scouting began,

More than a century later, uniforms may have changed, but the core principles stand firm and today there are approximately 30 million Scouts in nearly every country and territory of the world (and another 10 million in Guiding or Girl Scouts).

We are proud to stand apart from youth clubs with our Promise, Law and uniform.