On my Honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my Country
to help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law,
to keep myself physically strong, mentally alert and morally straight
--The Boy Scout Promise
Scouting is a Game with a Purpose.
It's more than Fun; it's an Adventure.
Baden-Powell and World Scouting
Scouting began in England in 1907-08, created by General Robert Baden-Powell. B-P, a 50-year old bachelor at the time, was
one of the few heroes to come out of Britain's South African ('Boer') War. He was known primarily for his unusual ideas, about
military scouting, ideas explained in his book "Aids to Scouting". B-P was startled to discover that many boys were using his
military book as a guide to outdoor activities, he began to think how he could convert his concepts of "army scouting" for men
to the "peaceful scouting" for boys. Gathering ideas from many sources (including Ernest Thompson Seton, who had founded
a boys organization in the US), he tested his program on a group of boys on Brownsea Island in 1907. The island camp was
successful, so B-P rewrote his military book, calling it Scouting for Boys. The climate was right for a youth program like
Scouting, it spread quickly around the British commonwealth, and then to other countries.
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