12 Facts About Scouting


Scouting, known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide youth movement employing the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports.

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In 2007, Scouting and Guiding together had over 38 million members in 216 countries.

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Trigger for the Scouting movement was the 1908 publication of Scouting for Boys written by Robert Baden-Powell.

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On his return to England, Baden-Powell noticed that boys showed considerable interest in Aids to Scouting, which was unexpectedly used by teachers and youth organizations as their first Scouting handbook.

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Important elements of traditional Scouting have their origins in Baden-Powell's experiences in education and military training.

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Name "Scouting" seems to have been inspired by the important and romantic role played by military scouts performing reconnaissance in the wars of the time.

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Principles of Scouting describe a code of behavior for all members, and characterize the movement.

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At an international level Scouting perceives one of its roles as the promotion of international harmony and peace.

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Such programs include co-operation with non-Scouting organisations including various NGOs, the United Nations and religious institutions as set out in The Marrakech Charter.

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In many countries, Scouting is organized into neighborhood Scout Groups, or Districts, which contain one or more sections.

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Adults interested in Scouting or Guiding, including former Scouts and Guides, often join organizations such as the International Scout and Guide Fellowship.

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Study has found a strong link between participating in Scouting and Guiding as a young person, and having significantly better mental health.

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