About Scouting

The Scout Movement has a rich and exciting history which has led to it becoming today’s leading global youth movement. Here you can find information about its founder, Lord Baden-Powell and other interesting facts about Scouting.

There are more than 28 million Scouts, young people and adults, male and female, in 160 countries and territories. Some 300 million people have been Scouts, including prominent people in every field.

This is impressive considering that Scouting began with 20 boys and an experimental camp in 1907. It was held during the first nine days of August in 1907 at Brownsea Island, near Poole in Dorset, England.

The camp was a great success and proved to its organiser, Robert Baden-Powell, that his training and methods appealed to young people and really worked.

In January 1908, he published the first “Scouting for Boys”, a book issued in fortnightly parts at four pence each. It was an immediate success. Baden-Powell had only intended to provide a method of training boys, something that existing youth organizations such as the Boys’ Brigade and Y.M.C.A. could adopt. To his surprise, youngsters started to organise themselves into what was destined to become – and is today – the world’s largest voluntary youth movement

Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell (1857-1941) was a decorated soldier, talented artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known during his military career for his spirited defense of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was soon to be propelled to extraordinary fame as the Founder of Scouting.

The Bronze Wolf is the only award made by the World Scout Committee. It is given solely in recognition of outstanding service by an individual to the World Scout Movement. Approval for the institution of the award was made by the International Committee meeting in Stockholm on 2 August 1935. The Committee unanimously awarded the first Bronze Wolf to the Chief Scout of the World, Lord Baden-Powell.