History of Scouting
The Scout Movement was started in 1907 by Baron Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, better known as Robert Baden-Powell (born on 22nd February 1857 in London, UK).
In 1910 Baden-Powell asked his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell to help him form a similar movement for girls. This movement became known as the Girl Guide Movement.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell, as he was also known, was a decorated soldier, talented artist and actor. Best known during his military career for his spirited defense of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he later became the father of scouting.
Scouting (or the Scout Movement) has the stated aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society. 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. The Scout uniform comprises a neckerchief and campaign hat or similar headwear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as merit badges for tasks and milestones completed.
A search through the genealogy records available on many popular genealogy websites, such as Ancestry.com, reveals that many of the older generations were involved in scouting. Although the movement has declined in the UK in recent years, the scouting movement has now expanded to become a worldwide organisation, being especially popular in Indonesia, the US, India and the Philipines.
To uncover your own family's history (and discover how many members of your own family tree were involved in the scouting or guides movement), consider joining a genealogy site and tracing your ancestry. These genealogy website reviews are a good place to start. Uncovering your family tree can be a fascinating and rewarding experience. You may be amazed at how many of your family used to be boy scouts or girl guides!