Most people are probably familiar with or heard about terms such as boy or girl scouts and what immediately comes to mind is a bunch of kids in funny looking outfits and hats, marching around the forest or in outdoor spaces, singing songs, selling cookies, helping the elderly etc. But scouting obviously has its roots somewhere in the society and in this post, you will learn about the origins of scouting. Scouting per se (or the Scout Movement) is ruled by a set of guidelines or values whose purpose is aiding young people in their transition to adulthood and covers mental, physical and even spiritual aspects. One of the main focuses of scouting is to contribute to developing better members of society, and encouraging people to enjoy their contact with nature and learn survival skills through the practice of swimming, crafting, hiking, camping, sports, etc.
It was during the first half of the 20th century that the Scout movement rose to prominence. When, in the year 1906, a lieutenant general in the British Army, namely Robert Baden Powell, wrote a book that would become a major hit. The book was written strictly for boys and it covered practices such as survival, reconnaissance and scouting. The writer had been previously stationed in British India, during the latter part of the 19th century where he developed his practices and skills in military scouting and started writing notes and memoirs for his book project.
However, contrary to the popular belief, scouting has not always been restricted to boys. Girl scouting was also a common practice, already back in the 1910s, and many women took pride in participating in these activities. The leader of the first girl scouting team was none other than Robert Baden Powell’s sister herself, and she inspired many women to become leaders.