Scouting for Boys
SIMON THOMPSON (email@example.com)
Thu Mar 05 14:37:08 1998
>By the way, I understand that Baden-Powell's descendents have asked that
>BP's books (Scouting for Boys, Rovering to Success) no longer be sold
>because they are out of date. I don't see anything wrong with being out
>of date, as long as it is not taken literally today in 1998: some
>information filtering needs to take place first.
It is important to remember that Scouting for Boys By Lord Robert Stephenson Smythe Baden-Powell, 1st Earl of Gilwell, is over 90 years old and was written as a programme for young boys to follow who wished to join the British Armed Forces (he firmly believed this nation needed a larger army due to politics in Europe) as well as having fun and learning about the environment, based on the experiences of a man who was a very successful soldier (Mafeking) and Colonel in Chief of the Cavalry. It wasn't even published as a book, but as a fortnightly magazine. It was a great success and lead to the creation of the Scouting Movement. It is therefore a very important bok in the history of the Twentieth Century. Also for scouting it contains many good yarns and quite a few well written easy to understand outdoor activities to be completed by scouts. By all means bring training programmes up to date to include things like e-mail and the internet, but for God's sake don't forget our roo!
ts as an organisation to encourage youth to learn about, live with and understand the great outdoors (as well as training them for Service to the Commonwealth).