Want to meet friends your own age with similar interests? Want to learn neat things, go camping, have fun and learn about the world you live in?
Why not become a Scout? This world wide organization is open to boys and girls of all ages.
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The scouting movement began as a series of games and exercises to help men, mostly soldiers, learn to live in the open under difficult conditions. It was started during the Boer War, by Robert Baden-Powell. He wrote a textbook called 'Aids to Scouting' to train recruits. The book was very popular with boys.
Baden-Powell created a non-military version for the boys focusing on observing nature and tracking animals rather than spying on enemy soldiers and tracking troop movements.
When Baden-Powell returned to England in 1903, he began to adapt his program to the training of boys. He conducted his first Boy Scout camp on Brownsea Island in 1907, and his book 'Scouting for Boys' was published in 1908. Ernest Thompson Seton helped Baden-Powell with his handbook. In England Boy Scouts formally started on Jan. 24, 1908.
- - Evolution of Scouting
Girl Scouting was founded in the United States, in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, by visionary Juliette Gordon Low. Girl Scouts started with a membership of only 18 girls and a dream. Juliette, referred to as "Daisy," dreamed of giving the United States "something for all the girls." She envisioned an organization that would bring girls out of their cloistered home environments to serve in their communities and experience the open air.
- - Source: Girl Scout History
Today there are more than 28 million Scouts, youth and adults, boys and girls, in 217 countries and territories. According to the World Organization of the Scout Movement there are only six coutires where Scouting does not exisit: Andora, People's Republic of China, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, and Myanmar.
In February 2004, Scouting returned to Afghanistan. Read more about the program here.
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