The Scouting movement started when Sir Robert Baden Powell, a decorated war hero, was asked to write a series of articles to help the Boys Brigade. To help with this he arranged to conduct an experimental camp in 1907 at Brownsea Island in the south of England. Here he tested his theories on a practical basis. This resulted in the publication of “Scouting for Boys” in 1908. This publication caused the creation of scouting patrols that combined into scout troops and scouting was born. Baden-Powell found himself with a full-time occupation organising the new movement.


Baden Powell the founder of the scouting movement stated;

“The objectives of Scouting is to supply games and activities which can promote a boy’s health and strength and help to develop his character. These games have to be made attractive for it is through them that we can inculcate the elements of pluck, obedience to rules, discipline, self-control, keenness, fortitude, leadership and unselfish team play”.

Scouting is now a growing world-wide youth movement with over 17 million members.

In Australia it is the largest youth organisation with over 120,000 members.

Scouting was founded in 1907 by Baden Powell, with the objective to supply games and activities which promote youth health, strength and character. It was through fun games and activities that Baden Powell taught youth obedience, rules, discipline, self control, keenness, fortitude, leadership and team play. The same method of games and activities is used in scouting today to teach and train.

The aim of the Scout Association of Australia is to encourage the physical, mental, social and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens.

This is achieved through group and individual activities which have a spirit of adventure and teamwork. Each section of the movement hold a weekly meeting along with other activities such as weekend camps and visits to community activities.

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