About Scouting - ScoutHelp


Scouting was started in 1903 by Sir Robert Baden-Powell.

He found that many boys and young men were reading his book "Aids to Scouting" witch was intended in being a military training book.

He decided to write a version of Aids to Scouting for teenage boys called "Scouting for Boys" witch was published in 1908 after the first camp on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset.

This was were Baden-Powell tried out his new ideas on the four patrols which was made up from people from London and Bournemouth.

Scouting for boys was originally printed in six fortnightly parts and sold very quickly. The book was so successful that boys already in youth organizations set them shelf up in patrols and started scouting according to this book.

For more information on the history of scouting please go to History

Age Groups

The age groups Scouting are split very differently to how they were originally made up by Baden-Powell. In the UK they are:

6 to 8 years
8 to 10.5 years
10.5 to 14 years
14 to 18 years
18 to 25 years
  Leaders and Adults

The aims of scouting are clearly stated but can be basically surmised as providing an opportunity for young people to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves.

Scouting can offer a wider range of skills and services than perhaps other, more 'specialised', youth organisations could provide.

Scouting is open to any young person, of any creed or colour, mental or physical capabilities and of any sex (although not all groups are able to take girls).

What do you do in scouting?

Below is a short list of some of the activities some scout groups take part in.

The list does not mean that one of these things happens every week but more often that not most groups hold an activity every month.

  • Sports Day
  • Handicraft Competition
  • District Camp Athletes Badge
  • Cub Quiz
  • Pack Holiday
  • Swimming Gala
  • Rafting Challenge
  • County Camp
  • Scout Rally
  • Chess Challenge
  • Incident Hike
  • Badge Afternoon
  • Fun Day
  • 5-a-side Football
  • Camping Competition
  • Sixers Camp
  • Pioneering
  • Jungle Rally
  • Climbing
  • Quad-Biking
  • + much much more!

Scouts also have the chance to try abseiling, canoeing, archery, shooting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, pioneering, all types of sporting activities, woodwork and much more.

Do Scouts just do badges?

No :)

All scout sections offer a flexible training scheme in the form of badges to track the progress of the scouts and to give a feeling of achievement.

There are several types of badges, the 'Chief Scout Award' badges, activity or 'proficiency' badges and challenge badges. They obviously vary from section to section, but the Challenge and Chief Scout Award badges are designed to provide the main, basic activities and training to be completed.

They cover the basics of all types of work, and the important necessities. The proficiency badges provide the option to take a certain activity or hobby in greater detail.

Scouting is not just about schemes, awards and badges. The 'games' and adventurous activities are very important to scouting, not just because they are enjoyable, but because they are also important in the young persons development.

Some information referenced from http://scoutingresources.org.uk/scouting_index.html