The scout movement aims at supporting young people in their mental, spiritual and physical development so that they can have positive impact in the society.
How did scouting develop?
The movement is for both girls and boys; and with time, it has grown to include even adults. Scouting was founded 1906 to 1907 by Robert Baden Powell, who worked for the British army as a lieutenant general. At the time, he had written two books on scouting.
What prompted Powell to establish the movement? At the time, Powel and his friend Burnham used to work in Africa. They found surviving quite difficult, and they had to learn a few skills to ease their work. These skills form the basis of what is known today as scout craft, which is an essential in scouting. With time, they acknowledged that young men needed an extensive training in tracking, woodcraft, self-reliance, exploration and field craft. With time, people embraced the idea and soon, the movement had gained popularity in Britain; and later most nations globally had embraced the idea of scouting.
What is scout method?
Scout method is a program of informal education that emphasizes on outdoor activities that enhance hands on skills. These include: hiking, sports, camping, aquatics, backpacking and woodcraft. Scouts are also widely recognized by their uniform. A neckerchief and a campaign head wear or hat is part of scouts’ uniform that makes scouts distinct from other movements. There are two main organizations under which the scouts are under. They are the World organization for girl guides and the World organization for scout movement.
Principles of scouting
The principles define a certain way that all members should behave in. The goals are achieved through the scout method that comprises of: personal progression, learning by doing, law and promise, nature, symbolic framework, team system, adult support and nature.
Scouting is governed by its own code of conduct. The scout law and the oath that all scouts take is vital in instilling values of honest, good conduct and respect for others. Scouts usually learn lifetime skills that enable them to lead a unique lifestyle. They include first aid, citizenship skills, outdoor skills and leadership skills as well.
How has the scouts’ movement influenced the society?
Since the foundation of the scouts’ movement in the early 1900’s, some scouts have participated in movements. This includes the nationalist resistance movements in India. Also, although scouting was introduced in Africa by the British with the aim of strengthening their rule, the values that scouting was based on assisted Africans to challenge the British rule. Moreover, African scouts made use of the Scouts’ law that scouts are brothers to collectively ask for complete royal citizenship.
Far from the colonial time, in this 21st Century, scouting has continued to impact the society positively. Through their activities such as clearing roads, they have helped the community directly. Those who are members of the movement as well reap the benefits since the movement has impacted on their lives positively. Such individuals have also been able to lead their lives differently by being better brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, leaders and citizens!