The Story of Scouting
There are more than 40 million Scouts, young people and adults, male and female, in over 200
countries and territories. Some 500 million people have been Scouts, including prominent people in every field.
All this 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, Baden-Powell published the first edition of "Scouting for Boys". It was an immediate success and has since sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the best selling books of all time.
Baden-Powell had only intended to provide a method of training boys, something that existing youth organisations such as the Boys' Brigade and YMCA could adopt. .
To his surprise, youngsters started to organise themselves into what was to become one of the largest voluntary youth movements in the world.