All you need to know about Boy Scouts

All you need to know about Boy Scouts

It all begins with the story of a man. As a child, he liked to play in the scrubby thickets where he held rabbit traps. He learned to crawl in silence, to recognize his path, to read the traces, to make fire easily concealable.
This man is English, his name is BADEN-POWELL. He became a soldier, and general of the English colonial army.

It was in 1900, during the Transvaal War in South Africa, during a siege that he had to support MAFEKING against the Boers (Dutch), that our history takes its first steps. B.P (so all Scouts call him (bi-pi)) was so destitute of soldiers that he had to send all those he could dispose of to the front. He paced the streets of the town of Mafeking, and picked up all the idle young boys who were dragging in the streets, entrusting them with missions of scouts and couriers. They did very well, and the city was saved.

He is acclaimed as a hero on his return, and young boys asked him for life advice by mail. He takes these demands seriously, first responds to them always to seek to do a good action a day to his neighbor, “a good turn”. Given the interest he had aroused among many young people, he attempted the first serious experiment of Scouting from 25 July to 9 August 1907 on the island of BROWSEA. It brings together young people, adventure, and an ideal … and it works! The boys, however, come from all walks of life … The promise on his honor to always do his best was materialized.

In 1908, Sir William Smith (founder of the boy’s brigade) asked him to write, and BP published the bivouacs, the fortnightly chapters of a book: Eclaireur. The book was published over half a million copies during BP’s lifetime, in addition to translations made in several languages. On this occasion, BP creates the 5 goals of Scouting (Health, Sense of Concrete, Personality, Service, The ten Scout Law articles, which are positive, do not give rise to any prohibition, merely proposing to the boy a rule of life which he promises to put into practice as best he can, and a suitable organization ( 32 maximum boy, subdivided into patrols of 8). Later, they were classified in 3 degrees for psychological reasons: Cubs (8-11 years), scouts (12-17), road workers (17 and +). A movement develops without expecting it. Before the mass of work demanded of him on every side (boys, then girls), he resigned from the army in 1910. The king of England takes the nascent movement under his patronage: what encouragement! Then he works. What he wants is to allow the boy to lead his own boat. For this, by developing the qualities of scouts through play and not by work, he wants to give the young boy a taste for loving to do things, instead of having to do them. Walking towards his personal maximum, the adult boy will do the same in the service of God and his Fatherland.

Concretely, BP attracts young people (aged 12 to 17), places them in the wild under the direction of a leader who is barely older than them, and takes by themselves, outside the usual frameworks, An overly military mind to fend for themselves by copying what the steppe runners did in the colonies: knowing nature, surviving, sleeping, eating there, while developing knowledge and gifts to better serve one’s neighbors . These activities were carried out on holidays, in troops of about thirty boys constituted in four patrols of 7 or 8 boys. The great novelty resulted from the acceptance of a positive law in 10 articles that the young scout Solemnly pledged to observe, on honor, both within the framework of associative life and at home and every day.

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts

Hey I’m Pearl Edwards.   I just wanted to make a quick post to welcome you to our website.  We are a cub scouts organizations based out of the east end of Burlington Ontario, Canada. We are fully sponsored by private organizations and by the parents of our scouts.  We do provide different youth sections but please be patient with the details until our site is well oiled and running.  In the meantime please feel free to contact us or leave us feedback in the contact us section of our site.  Thanks for visiting and have a great day.