History of Scouting in Shireoaks

We are building a History of our Scout Group, and Scouting in the village. This is a work in progress and will be updated from time to time.

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1st Aug 1907Robert Baden-Powell, who was a a soldier, artist and writer. Gathered 20 boys together to join the first experimental Scout camp, on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, near Poole in Dorset.

Bringing young people from different backgrounds together, Baden-Powell hoped to bridge gaps in society, and give everyone the opportunity to learn new skills. It was a radical idea at the time, but it paved the way for what was to come.

The island was an excellent choice. 8 days’ worth of action-packed activities, were set up on its shores. Designed to teach young people how to take the lead and try something new, it covered everything from tracking and fishing, to the study of animals, plants and stars.

Thanks to B-P’s natural charisma, his ideas quickly caught on. Within two years there were 100,000 Scouts in the UK alone.
Jan to March 1908'Scouting for Boys is published in six fortnightly instalments by Pearsons, they contained about 70 pages in each instalment. They were an immediate success! Scouting for Boys presents Scouts from the perspective of outdoorsmen and explorers rather than the military. The book releases on the 1st May 1908 was a best seller. Since its release, round the world, it is estimated that 150 million copies were sold.

In August 1908 Baden-Powell held the first official Scout Camp at Humshaugh.
December 1916Wolf Cub Section started - Renamed Cub Scouts in 1966