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What was Baden-Powell's vision for Scouting?




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This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson nelsonb@nospam.aztec.asu.edu, Soaring Golden Eagle eagle@rangernet.org and Alan Houser troop24@emf.net with numerous contributions by others.

What was Baden-Powell's vision for Scouting?

Date: 3 May 1998

Q. What was Baden-Powell's vision for Scouting?

A. There is a lot of tradition in the Scout Movement around the
world.
Sometimes we wonder where a lot of it came from, and whether or not we
are following Baden-Powell's vision of what Scouting should be. Are
we part of a unique educational approach to learning about life, or is
there something we are missing? How about going back to the Founder's
own words to find out?

Lord Baden-Powell wrote: "Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts,
keep the higher aims in the forefront, not let ourselves get too
absorbed in the steps. Don't let the technical outweigh the moral.
Field efficiency, backwoodsmanship, camping, hiking, good turns,
jamboree comradeship are all means, not the end. The end is character
with a purpose. And = that purpose, that the next generation may be
sane in an insane world, and develop the higher realization of
service, active service of love, and duty to God and neighbor."

Here are a series of Web Pages that reference some
of his works:

B-P's Preface to Scouting for Boys
http://www.gaelwolf.com/gaelwolf/b-p_pref.htm

The Baden-Powell Library
A Selection of excerpts from the works of
Sir Robert Baden-Powell and works relating to his life and career
http://www.pinetreeweb.com/bp-library.htm

 

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