Ask your parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents if they were a Girl Guide, Brownie, Scout or Cub? You may be surprised to find out that these adults have been part of an organization that began over a 100 years ago. In fact, there has been over 250 million people who have put on a uniform and earned badges. Perhaps, you are a member, too?
How Did This Great Organization Begin?
In 1907, a British Army General, Lord Robert Baden-Powell had an idea to train young boys.
He wanted them to enjoy outdoor camping and to learn skills and friendships. He also wanted them to help others. The first scout camp met that year. He wrote a book “Scouting for Boys.” Later younger boys could join as Cubs.
Girls Wanted to Join
Two years later in 1909, girls turned up for the next big Scout meeting. The following year, Lord Baden-Powell’s sister, Agnes, founded the Girl Guides movement that is now in 146 countries.
I was a Girl Guide. It was a lot of fun and I learned many things for which I received a badge. Younger girls can join as Brownies.
Camping, Travelling – Learning, Helping
Nearly every Guide or Scout has a First Aid badge. This badge is important because it can save lives – yours and others.
The other badges to be earned depend on your interests.
An International Organization of Friends
Guiding and Scouting is in nearly every country in the world. Guides and Scouts like to travel and their organizations have set up large gatherings where everyone camps. There are also permanent homes in different countries where you sleep in beds and visit exciting places.