Scouting in South East England
Scouting in South East England is about Scouting in the official region of South East England. The largest membership is represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom, while there is a presence of traditional Scouting groups, such as the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association; the Scout Association administers the region into 9 Scout Counties. There are student associations at various universities in the region, each of, affiliated to the Student Scout and Guide Organisation; these are centred at Oxford University, the University of Reading, the University of Surrey and the University of Southampton. Royal Berkshire is a Scout County concurrent with the ceremonial county of Berkshire, provides Scouting opportunities for 7,500 young people and adults in the area; the County includes the towns of Newbury, Bracknell and Windsor, their immediate environs. Management of Scouting in the County of Berkshire is divided into eleven Scout Districts: Kennet District Loddon District Maidenhead District Pang Valley District Reading Central District Slough District South Berkshire District South-East Berkshire District Taceham Hundred District Windsor and Eton District Wokingham District The district map has been redrawn several time through the county's history, with the latest change at the end of 2005 to merge the district of East Reading into its two neighbours, Reading Central and Loddon.
Some aspects of Scouting are run cross-District, for example, Pang Valley and Reading Central have been running a shared Young Leader programme since late 2005, the Explorer Scout Units have been running joint activities and events, too. The 1st Reading Sea Scout Group is one of the founding troops of 1908. WINGS is a major event, open to all Scouts and Guides aged 10 to 25 in all parts of the world, is held every 5 years in the County, it is a collaboration between Girlguiding Royal Berkshire. Participants camp in Windsor Great Park, where many of the activities take place. Other nearby sites are made use of, such as Dorneywood Scout Camp and Wraysbury Lake; the most recent event took place in August 2009 and provided an international experience with seven days of adventure and fun with opportunities to work with others from across the world and build new and lasting friendships. This was a year than normal due to the World Scout Jamboree taking place in 2007. WINGS2009 was themed on Making A Difference, with participants encouraged to consider their role in making a positive impact on the lives of others alongside taking part in the fun and adventure offered by Scouting and Guiding.
The next event is due in the summer of 2014. It is anticipated to be around the same time as previous events in Windsor Great Park; the Steering Group was established in September 2010 and reports to the trustees of both organisations on high-level planning, financial budgeting and risk management. More information will be updated at www.wings2014.org.uk The County has a tradition of International Expeditions, where Scouting members from the age of 14 are able to experience and participate in activities outside of the UK. There was a hiatus in these large-scale expeditions prior to 2004 due to low interest from Scouting members. Interest has since grown considerably. 2004—Slovenia—a multi-activity camp in the former Yugoslav republic 2005—Slovenia—a return to the Eastern European country, but for completion of the Explorer Belt 2006—Spain—a multi-activity camp There was no expedition in 2007, because of the World Scout and Guide Jamboree. 2008—Alps2008—a multi-activity camp 2010—Massif20-10—a multi-activity camp with a new development on water activities.
Aragon2012 is planned for the summer of 2012, aimed at members aged 14–25 across Berkshire, will involve a range of adventurous activities as well as cultural opportunities. Current plans envisage expanding the provision to accommodate more young people than in recent years. More information at www.berkshirescouts.org.uk/aragon2012 Organised by Reading Central District Scouts in Royal Berkshire, the Three Towers Hike is a competition hike held around Easter following routes through West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. Walking is along the Ridgeway, although it does not take in the full distance; the event takes its name from the three water towers passed on the main route. There are three classes to allow participation of Scouts and Adult walkers. Participation is not limited to members of the Scouting Association. Buckinghamshire Scout County is concurrent with the political county of Buckinghamshire; the County includes the towns of Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Milton Keynes. The county is divided into ten Scout Districts: Aylesbury District Buckingham and Winslow District Chiltern North District Chiltern Vale District High Wycombe District Marlow District Milton Keynes District Misbourne Valley Vale of Aylesbury Woodlands East Sussex Scout County is divided into eight districts, with 100 Scout Groups in total: Ashdown Brighton and Hove Eastbourne and District Hailsham and Heathfield Hastings and District Lewes Seahaven Senlac 1st Ewhurst Scout Troop held their inaugural meeting on the lawn of Robert and Olave Baden-Powell's home, Ewhurst Place, on 1913-06-21.
Olave was the Troop's Scoutmaster and the Assistant Scoutmasters were Annie Court, housemaid to the Baden-Powells, the gardener. At the opening meeting, they used the Union flag that had flown over Mafeking during the siege of 1889-90. Hampshire Scouts with 25,489 members, has the largest Scout County membership in the UK with 18,596 youth members, 4,045 volunteer leaders a
Baden-Powell House, colloquially known as B-P House, is a Scouting hostel and conference centre in South Kensington, built as a tribute to Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. The house, owned by The Scout Association, hosts a small exhibition relating to Scouting in its current form and a granite statue by Don Potter; the building committee, chaired by Sir Harold Gillett, Lord Mayor of London, purchased the site in 1956, assigned Ralph Tubbs to design the house in the modern architectural style. The foundation stone was laid in 1959 by World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, it was opened in 1961 by Queen Elizabeth II; the largest part of the £400,000 cost was provided by the Scout Movement itself. Over the years, the building has been refurbished several times, so that it now provides modern and affordable lodging for Scouts, their families and the general public staying in London; the building hosts conference and event space for hire. Acting on a 1942 initiative by Chief Scout Lord Somers, a formal Baden-Powell House Committee was established by The Scout Association in 1953 under the direction of Sir Harold Gillett Lord Mayor of London.
The committee's directive was to build a hostel to provide Scouts a place to stay at reasonable cost while visiting London. For this purpose, in 1956 the committee purchased a bombed-out property at the intersection of Cromwell Road and Queen's Gate at a cost of £39,000; the Scout Movement raised the major part of the funding of £400,000 for building and furnishing the building between 1957 and 1959. Scouts throughout the Country collected'ship' halfpennies, this raised the bulk of the money for the building. Money was raised through public appeals supported by publication in Scout Movement magazines, a collection of donations in 15,000 brick-shaped boxes, 5,000 appeal letters signed by Chief Scout Lord Rowallan. Scouts representing every county were present at the opening. In a celebration on 17 October 1959 the foundation stone was laid by the World Chief Guide, in the presence of Lord Mayor Sir Harold Gillett, the new Chief Scout Sir Charles Maclean, 400 other guests. A casket was buried under the foundation stone which held 1959 Scout mementoes, coins, etc. and a programme of the ceremony.
With 142 Queen's Scouts as Guard of Honour, live broadcast by the BBC, Baden-Powell House was opened on 12 July 1961 by Queen Elizabeth II. Afterwards, she toured the house with the Chief Scout and the president of The Scout Association, her uncle Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. A black marble panel with gold lettering was put on the balcony in the hall to commemorate the event; the house was designed by the architect Ralph Tubbs in 1956, whose works included the Dome of Discovery, the highlight of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Tubbs' floor plans and a model of his design were displayed during a fundraising campaign and exhibition on 21 February 1957 in the Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House; the six storied Baden-Powell House is designed in the modern architectural style, as pioneered by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier from the late 1920s onwards, predominating in the 1950s. At Baden-Powell House, Tubbs made the first floor overhang the ground floor, a Le Corbusier architectural design choice to free the building from the ground, such as seen in his Pavillon Suisse at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.
Additionally, Le Corbusier's Sainte Marie de La Tourette priory in Lyon shows two floors of monk's cells with small windows, cantilevered over the more open floors below, another design choice used by Tubbs in the facade of Baden-Powell House. While Tubbs created Baden-Powell House in the modern architectural style of Le Corbusier, he used more architectural restraint in his own design choices. For example, he made the main visible building component brick rather than concrete; this heavier evolution of Le Corbusier's style was popular in England throughout the post-war years until replaced by the Brutalist style in the 1960s. Baden-Powell House was built to Tubbs' design by Harry Neal Ltd, for which they received the 1961 Gold Medal of the Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers. At the opening, the house received the building design award for'The building of most merit in London.'Thirty-five years after its opening, Baden-Powell House was refurbished in a six-month £2 million programme, providing all modern amenities such as private facilities for all rooms, double glazing, air conditioning, as well as enhancing conference facilities for large and small events.
Upon completion of the programme, the house was opened by the president of The Scout Association, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent on 5 June 1997. In 2002 a Starbucks coffee and sandwich bar was opened, as well as an outdoor roof garden adjacent to the meeting conference rooms on the second floor. Although it has since been replaced with a number of smaller displays available to the public in the reception area showing some traditional Scouting skills, a notable collection of Baden-Powell memorabilia has been on display in the past for visitors in'The story of B-P' exhibition; this included many drawings and letters by Baden-Powell himself, such as the original of his Last Message to Scouts, Laws for me when I am old and several first editions of his books. The former exhibition displayed the original painting by David Jagger, as presented to Baden-Powell on 29 August 1929 at the'Coming of Age' 3rd World Scout Jamboree; this painting, a personal favourite of Baden-Powell, is used in publications throughout the Scout movement.
The Baden-Powell memorabilia has since been moved to the headquarters for Scouting in the UK, Gilwell Park. As an introductory part of the collect
Scouting in East of England
Scouting in East of England is about Scouting in the official region of East of England. It is represented by The Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association. There are four student associations at various universities in the region, each of, affiliated to the Student Scout and Guide Organisation; these are SSAGO University of East Anglia. Essex SSAGO and Hertfordshire University Guides and Scouts The 1st Bury St Edmunds Scout Group holds a registration certificate dated to 5 February 1908, the Group claims to be the oldest surviving Scout Group in England. However, this claim is not upheld by The Scout Association.1st Southwold Scout Group was established in 1908 and claims to be the first Scout group established in Suffolk. 1st Reydon and 1st Wrentham in Suffolk existed in 1908. In Norfolk, 1st Norwich Sea Scouts and 1st Dereham Scout Group claim to have been founded in 1908, making them some of the earliest Scout groups to have formed.
Hertfordshire was the first organised Scout County, founded by Sir Percy Winn Everett at the request of Baden-Powell. The first Hertfordshire Scout Troop was founded on 20 February 1908; the 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating 100 years of Scouting, was held at Chelmsford in Essex between 27 July and 8 August 2007. The regional commissioner for Scouting in the East of England is Matt Mills; the Scout Association in East of England is administered through six Scout Counties Bedfordshire Scout County is a Scout County of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom. It is concurrent with the political county of Bedfordshire, provides Scouting opportunities for young people and adults in the area around Bedford and Dunstable; the badge worn by members of the Bedfordshire Scout County shows a red falcon on a yellow background. The current version of the badge was phased in starting in the early 1980s, it replaced a previous version which had either a gold falcon on a green background. The County has 2 County Scout Networks and 5 Local Scout Networks The County is divided into nine Scout Districts.
Ampthill and Woburn Bedford Biggleswade & District Dunstable Icknield Lea Valley Leighton-Linslade Ouse Valley Someries Total membership of Bedfordshire Scout County was 6,271 at January 2012. Cambridgeshire Scout County is a Scout County of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom, it provides Scouting opportunities for young adults in the area. Scouts in Peterborough were given the Freedom of the City in April 2007; this is the first occasion in Britain. The badge worn by members of the Cambridgeshire Scout County is unusual in its design, as it is shaped as a shield rather than the more standard rectangle; the elements on the badge represent towns covered by the Scout County, the cross-keys representing Peterborough. The County is divided into eight Scout Districts:, following the disbanding of Granta District at the end of 2012: Cambridge District Cambridge Crafts Hill District Cromwell District Ely District Fenland District Hinchingbrooke District Medehamstede District Peterborough District The current County Commissioner for Cambridgeshire is Chris Ward.
Membership of Cambridgeshire Scout County in 2012 stood at 6,000 young people and 1,200 adults. In 2006 the Cambridgeshire Jamboree moved from the East of England Showground, in Peterborough, to the Huntingdon Racecourse. CamJam 2006 was the fifth such jamboree to be arranged by Cambridgeshire Scout County. On site activities included go-karts, a skate park, ice rink, a planetarium, climbing walls, radio controlled cars and hot air balloons on two evenings. Other activities included archery, rifle shooting, model land yachts, car mechanics, scavenger hunt and model aircraft. CamJam will return to Huntingdon Racecourse from 27th July–3rd August 2019. Essex Scout County is a Scout County of The Scout Association in the United Kingdom. Chelmsford in Essex was the location for the 21st World Scout Jamboree, held between 27 July to 8 August 2007; the Chelmsford District had a number of special events. By 2007 there were 16,000 members in Essex Scouting covering every community in the county; the County HQ is at the Thriftwood Training Centre.
The badge worn by members of the Essex Scout County shows the heraldry of the regional county of Essex of "Gules three Seaxes fessewise in pale Argent pomels and hilts Or points to the sinister and cutting edges upwards.". The County is divided into 20 Scout Districts: Basildon Billericay and Wickford Braintree Brentwood Castle Point Chelmsford Colchester Estuary Colchester North Crouch Valley Halstead and Colne Valley Harlow Hatfield Forest Maldon and East Essex Royal Forest Saffron Walden Southend Estuary Southend West Tendring ThurrockThe current County Commissioner is Stuart Gibson. Membership of Essex Scout County was 16,202 young people and 4,167 adults in January 2016; the Essex International Jamboree was first held in 1927 when it was visited by the Founder, Chief Scout, Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Essex have held jamborees every four years since 1952 and at their last site, Devereux Farm, Kirby-le-Soken, from 1996 to 2008. In 2012 a new site was established at Boyton Cross near Roxwell, Chelmsford following coastal erosion and an increasing flood risk at the Kirby Le Soken site.
It is organised jointly by Essex Scouts and the Guide Counties of Essex West, Essex North East and Essex South East. The Essex International Jamboree 2008 was held between 26 July and 2 Augus
Richard Francis "John" Thurman OBE JP was a British Scouting notable and Camp Chief of Gilwell Park from 1943 to 1969. In 1943, he introduced the Gilwell woggle as the insignia for Basic Training; the woggle was first created in the early 1920s by a member of the Gilwell staff. He produced a two-strand Turk's head slide, adopted as the official woggle. From 1943 to 1989, the Gilwell woggle was awarded on the completion of Basic Training, the Gilwell scarf and the Wood Badge beads were awarded on the completion of Advanced Training. In 1962 Thurman conducted the only Wood Badge course in Burma, he was awarded the Bronze Wolf in 1959 and the Silver Buffalo Award in 1962. In 1957 he received the highest distinction of the Scout Association of Japan, the Golden Pheasant Award, he became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1963 "for services to the Boy Scouts' Association". John Thurman wrote a number of instructional Scouting books, notably on the subject of Scout pioneering.
They were written in an amusing style, are credited with increasing the popularity and scope of pioneering within the Scout Movement in the post World War II period. Many of his other books were co-authored with his friend Rex Hazlewood, editor of The Scout and The Scouter magazines. 1949: The Campfire Leader's Book 1950: Pioneering Projects 1950: The Patrol Leaders' Handbook 1951: The Scout's Book of Gilwell 1952: Scout Camps: A Book for Scouters 1956: Fun with Ropes and Spars 1957: The Gilwell Camp Fire Book: Songs and yells from fifty years of Scouting 1959: Some Training Ideas for Scouts 1960: Camping 1962: The Second Gilwell Camp Fire Book: A further collection of songs and yells from fifty years of Scouting 1962: Pioneering Principles 1963: The Scout and his Axe 1964: Progressive Pioneering 1964: Summer Camp All Year Round 1969: The Gilwell Story Scouting portal Forty Years and Beyond published by the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Office, 1997, provided by Ms. Arjay C. Francisco, Youth Program and IT and Adult Resources and Research, WOSM Asia-Pacific Region The Scout's Book of Gilwell
Scouts (The Scout Association)
The Scout section is the direct descendant of the original Scout Patrols which formed The Scout Association of the United Kingdom in 1908. The section is open to both boys and girls between the ages of 10½-14 years, are now formed into local Scout Troops which in turn form part of a Scout Group; the Scout section follows on from the Cub Pack and Scouts will move onto the Explorer Scout section at the age of 14. A general Scouting programme is adopted by Scout Troops, but it is possible for specialist troops to be formed. Sea Scouts and Air Scouts are examples of specialist programme troops; the Boy Scout section was the first element of Scouting devised by Robert Baden-Powell, which he tested at an experimental camp on Brownsea Island in Dorset in 1907 and, launched with the publication of Scouting for Boys in 1908. Boys formed themselves into Boy Scout Patrols and sought adult leadership, resulting in the formation of local Boy Scout Troops, each of several Patrols. Contained in the pages of Scouting for Boys was Baden-Powell's Scout training scheme, a series of tests intended to build character and good citizenship in boys aged 11 to 18 years.
These tests were revised several times and underwent thorough reviews in 1944, 1946 and again in 1958 without altering the basic structure of the scheme. In 1942, a "Post-War Commission" established by Lord Somers, the Chief Scout, recommended separate provision for over 15 year-old Scouts, as it had been found to be difficult to keep older boys in the Scout Troop; the details of the new Senior Scout scheme were published in May 1943 and it commenced in October 1946. A further and more radical review called the Chief Scouts' Advance Party was formed in 1964 and published its findings in 1966, its recommendations for the Boy Scout section included a change of title to "Scout section", a revised Scout Law and Promise, a new uniform, replacing shorts with long trousers and a new three staged Progressive Training Scheme, intended to allow new entrants to advance more quickly. The age range was amended to 11 to 16 years, due to the creation of the Venture Scout section which replaced Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts.
These changes were implemented in October 1967. The training scheme was again revised in 1984, in 1990 the decision was taken for all sections to become co-educational allowing the first girls to join Scout Troops. In 2000, the report of The Programme Review recommended a new uniform, introduced in 2001 and a revised training programme featuring Challenge Badges, launched in 2002; this included a change in the age range to 10½ to 14 years because of the creation of the Explorer Scout Section. The Challenge Badges themselves were revised with a greater focus on outdoor activities; the Scout Troop forms the senior section of Scout Groups. Since the programme review in 2003, this section is open to 10½-14 year olds. Most Groups will have one Troop, while some others may be able to support two or more, depending on the numbers of Scouts within the Group; this is quite rare. Scout Troops have an adult leadership team consisting of an appointed Scout Leader and one or two assistant leaders, they can be supported by adult helpers or Young Leaders.
The Scouts within the Troop are separated into Patrols, ideally of 6-8 members, with a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader. These positions are filled by Scouts who have shown an ability to be responsible and pro-active, they are around the age of 14 years of age but many Scout troops do vary, interesting in some aspects of modern Scouting life. Some Troops may hold a position for a Senior Patrol Leader. Within the Troop, the Patrol Leaders can hold a council and are able to plan and run activities under the supervision of the Scout Leader; the Scout District may hold a council for representative Patrol Leaders from each Troop to attend. The Membership Award is only received by young people new to Scouting, whereas those Scouts who have joined from a Cub Scout Pack will undertake the Moving-On Award. However, the Awards cover the same basic principles, many Troops will have all new Scouts participate in the Membership Award, regardless of how they came to join the Section. There are ten Challenge awards, covering the six Programme Zones or key areas of the Scout programme.
The Zones are: Outdoor and Adventure and Attitudes, Fitness and Global. Each Challenge involves undertaking several tasks or taking part in activities related to a particular Programme Zone. Upon completing eight of the Challenge awards, some of which are compulsory, a Scout will have earned the Chief Scout's Gold Award. Activity badges are awarded for demonstrating skill or achievement in a particular subject which may be an existing hobby or a new area of knowledge. There are 73 different badges available. Six other activity badges have different levels or "stages" to recognize levels of achievement on subjects like swimming and information technology. In Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell recommended a distinctive and practical uniform, "very like the uniform worn by my men when I commanded the South African Constabulary"; this in turn, seems to have been derived from the dress adopted by Baden-Powell in the Second Matabele War of 1896, influenced by his friend and colleague, Frederick Russell Burnham.
The original Boy Scout uniform consisted of
Scouting in the East Midlands
Scouting in East Midlands is about Scouting in the official region of East Midlands. It is represented by the Scout Association of the United Kingdom and some Groups of traditional Scouting including the Baden-Powell Scouts' Association. There are four student associations at various universities in the region, each of, affiliated to the Student Scout and Guide Organisation; these are Students of Leicester Universities Guides and Scouts, covering the University of Leicester and De Montfort University, Loughborough University Scout and Guide Club covering Loughborough University, Northampton University Scouts and Guides, covering the University of Northampton, Society of Nottingham Guides and Scouts covering the University of Nottingham. Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the'World Chief Guide' was born Olave St. Clair Soames at Stubbing Court, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, her husband, Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, wrote part of Scouting for Boys in the week following 15 June 1907 at the Izaak Walton Hotel in Ilam close to Dovedale in Derbyshire.
Scouting links with the hotel have continued since Baden-Powell's death. In the summer of 2008, for example, Derbyshire Scouting presented a plaque to the Hotel to mark its link with Scouting For Boys; the 1st Nottingham, 1st Buxton, 1st Market Harborough, 2nd Chesterfield and 4th Derby Scout Groups claim to have started in 1908. The Scout Association in East Midlands is administered through five Scout Counties, Derbyshire Scout County, Leicestershire Scout County, Lincolnshire Scout County, Northamptonshire Scout County and Nottinghamshire Scout County. Derbyshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association covering the administrative County of Derbyshire in England; the town of Glossop in the far North West of the county is not included in the County but in the Greater Manchester East area instead. Census figures from April 2010 showed that Derbyshire is the largest Scout county in the East Midlands, with a total youth membership of 7,136 supported by 1,848 adult volunteers. Scouts from all over Derbyshire marked the centenary of Scouting in August 2007 at Sunrise ceremonies renewing their Scout Promise.
Derbyshire villages are unusual in holding Well dressings during the summer. In 2005 the well at Whitwell had a theme acknowledging Peak 2005, Derbyshire's International Scout and Guide Camp at Chatsworth Park. In 2009 all of the wells in Chapel-en-le-Frith shared a common Scouting and Scout Badges theme to celebrate 100 years of Scouting in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Derbyshire Scout County is responsible for organising the Four Inns Walk, an annual competitive event over the hills of the southern Pennines, the Kinder Walk of 29 km and the Kinder Challenge of around 16 km; until 1 February 2010 The County was administered through three divisions for the North West, North East and South of the County, each with Division Commissioners. But it is now administered as a single area, it is divided into fifteen Scout Districts:- Alfreton and District Belper Chesterfield Derby East Derby North Derby South Derwent and Dove Dronfield East Scarsdale High Peak Ilkeston Long Eaton and District Peak Ripley and Heanor South Derbyshire Leicestershire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association covering the administrative County of Leicestershire in England.
In the 2007 Centenary year, the BBC investigated the relevancy of Scouting in Leicestershire. There is a Leicestershire Scouts Sub Aqua Unit, a Scout-based diving group providing experience in diving and snorkelling for all members of the Scout Association, it was formed in 1982. In 2008, the Leicestershire Explorer County forum was started, to discuss Scouting issues in the county; this forum was responsible for the setting up of the county groups of the popular social networking site Facebook. Each district is represented by two of its Explorer Scouts on the County Forum. In late 2010, the Scout Network Section of the Scout movement received a large growth in Leicestershire, with many new units starting up, to accompany the long running Network Unit in Loughborough. In 2011, membership of Scouting in Leicestershire grew by the highest percentage increase in England; the current County Commissioner is Byron Chatburn, who started his 5-year warrant in 2009. The current Deputy County Commissioner is Richard Nevin.
The County is split into ten districts: Ashby And Coalville Charnwood Hinckley Leicester North East Leicester South East Leicester South West Loughborough Market Harborough Melton Mowbray And District South Leicestershire Lincolnshire Scout County is a Scout County of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom, covering the counties of Lincolnshire and Rutland. The county has a website www.lincolnshirescouts.org.uk. Lincolnshire Scout County were awarded the first National Scout award for having the biggest percentage of growth in membership over the past year; the awards took place at the University of Warwick and included speeches from celebrity Scout Ambassador Steve Backshall. Lincolnshire scouts walked away with first prize for the Growth Award, making them the highest growing Scout County and Region across the UK over the last three years; the Scout County have grown by 12.56 % over the three years Lincolnshire Scouts are highest growing County in the UK over the last three yearsLincolnshire Scouts now have over 5,746 youth members aged between 6-25 and are supported by 2,129 volunteer leaders who dedicate their time to bring the young people of Lincolnshire fun and skills for life.
Over the past three years County have welcomed over 722 young people to join their packed programme. The County is divided into ten districts: Boston Gainsborough Grantham South Holland Lincoln Louth Skegness Spilsby a
Scouting or the Scout Movement is a movement that aims to support young people in their physical and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills. During the first half of the twentieth century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups for boys and, in 1910, a new organization, Girl Guides, was created for girls, it is one of several worldwide youth organizations. In 1906 and 1907 Robert Baden-Powell, a lieutenant general in the British Army, wrote a book for boys about reconnaissance and scouting. Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys, based on his earlier books about military scouting, with influence and support of Frederick Russell Burnham, Ernest Thompson Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, William Alexander Smith of the Boys' Brigade, his publisher Pearson. In the summer of 1907 Baden-Powell held a camp on Brownsea Island in England to test ideas for his book; this camp and the publication of Scouting for Boys are regarded as the start of the Scout movement.
The movement employs the Scout method, a programme of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, aquatics, hiking and sports. Another recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable headwear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as badges and other patches; the two largest umbrella organizations are the World Organization of the Scout Movement, for boys-only and co-educational organizations, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts for girls-only organizations but accepting co-educational organizations. The year 2007 marked the centenary of Scouting worldwide, member organizations planned events to celebrate the occasion. Scouting started itself, but the trigger that set it going was the 1908 publication of Scouting for Boys written by Robert Baden-Powell.
At Charterhouse, one of England's most famous public schools, Baden-Powell had an interest in the outdoors. As a military officer, Baden-Powell was stationed in British India in the 1880s where he took an interest in military scouting and in 1884 he published Reconnaissance and Scouting. In 1896, Baden-Powell was assigned to the Matabeleland region in Southern Rhodesia as Chief of Staff to Gen. Frederick Carrington during the Second Matabele War. In June 1896 he met here and began a lifelong friendship with Frederick Russell Burnham, the American-born Chief of Scouts for the British Army in Africa; this was a formative experience for Baden-Powell not only because he had the time of his life commanding reconnaissance missions into enemy territory, but because many of his Boy Scout ideas originated here. During their joint scouting patrols into the Matobo Hills, Burnham augmented Baden-Powell's woodcraft skills, inspiring him and sowing seeds for both the programme and for the code of honour published in Scouting for Boys.
Practised by frontiersmen of the American Old West and indigenous peoples of the Americas, woodcraft was little known to the British Army but well-known to the American scout Burnham. These skills formed the basis of what is now called scoutcraft, the fundamentals of Scouting. Both men recognised that wars in Africa were the British Army needed to adapt. During this time in the Matobo Hills Baden-Powell first started to wear his signature campaign hat like the one worn by Burnham, acquired his kudu horn, the Ndebele war instrument he used every morning at Brownsea Island to wake the first Boy Scouts and to call them together in training courses. Three years in South Africa during the Second Boer War, Baden-Powell was besieged in the small town of Mafikeng by a much larger Boer army; the Mafeking Cadet Corps was a group of youths that supported the troops by carrying messages, which freed the men for military duties and kept the boys occupied during the long siege. The Cadet Corps performed well, helping in the defence of the town, were one of the many factors that inspired Baden-Powell to form the Scouting movement.
Each member received a badge that illustrated spearhead. The badge's logo was similar to the fleur-de-lis shaped arrowhead that Scouting adopted as its international symbol; the Siege of Mafeking was the first time since his own childhood that Baden-Powell, a regular serving soldier, had come into the same orbit as "civilians"—women and children—and discovered for himself the usefulness of well-trained boys. In the United Kingdom, the public, through newspapers, followed Baden-Powell's struggle to hold Mafeking, when the siege was broken he had become a national hero; this rise to fame fuelled the sales of the small instruction book he had written in 1899 about military scouting and wilderness survival, Aids to Scouting, that owed much to what he had learned from discussions with Burnham. On his return to England, Baden-Powell noticed that boys showed considerable interest in Aids to Scouting, unexpectedly used by teachers and youth organizations as their first Scouting handbook, he was urged to rewrite this book for boys during an inspection of the Boys' Brigade, a large youth movement drille