First Scout Camp and Foundation of Scouting Movement

In August 1907, Baden-Powell organized a trial scouting camp to be made up of 20 boys from a diverse selection of social backgrounds. The boys spent a week on Brownsea island and it proved to be a great success.

From this initial starting point, the scouting movement soon blossomed. In 1909, there was the first National Scout Rally at Crystal Palace. It was attended by 11,000 boys and illustrated the rapid growth in popularity.

There were also girls who wished to be part of this new movement. This led to the formation in 1910 of a parallel organisation, The Girl Guides, which was run by his sister Agnes Baden-Powell.

The Scouting movement also became an international organisation with scouting groups forming around the world.

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room,” Robert Baden Powell

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