History of The Scouts Network

We know that the Scouts Network is specifically for 18-25 year olds who want to continue their development in scouting, as well as their own personal development; of course, scouting is also fun!

But, where did it all come from?

The Scouting movement overall is all down to one man – Robert Baden-Powell, born in 1857. Baden-Powell was a soldier, but also an artist and an actor with a creative mind, founding the scouting movement himself. Baden-Powell recognised the resilience, potential, and leadership of the young boys he came into contact with during his work, and held the first camp in 1907, on Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset. The idea of this first camp was to test it all out, see it would work; the 20 boys who attended certainly agreed that it worked! From all of this, Baden-Powell wrote the famous book, Aids to Scouting, published in 1908.

Baden-Powell unfortunately died in 1941, but the legacy of the Scouting movement lives on today. From that first camp, the movement spread rapidly, moving from the UK right across the globe. During the Second World War, Scouts took the motto ‘be prepared’ very literally, acting as helping hands for many different situations, such as stretcher bearers during injury, or coastguards. Even today, Scouts help out at major public events, helping to keep order in check, and to help out wherever possible.

Because nothing in this world ever stays still for very long, it was inevitable that the scouting movement would have a revamp at some point, and in 2002, the Explorer Scouts and Scout Network began, taking the ethos of scouting to a different level, and reaching out to different age groups. Celebrities also began to get in on the act, and TV personality Bear Grylls was given the title of Chief Scout in 2009.

Where will Scouting go next?