Lord Robert Baden Powell, the founder of scouting, wrote many books on military skills, including Scouting for Boys in 1908. He retired from the British Army at the age of 53, and returned home to find that thousands of young boys had read his manuals and formed the Boys Brigade. Inspired by the boys’ keen interest, he set out to formalize the program and to attract even more boys using the techniques he learned in the cavalry. B.P. stated, “its aim might easily be diverted from war to peace, since the inculcation of character, health and manliness was its basis, and these qualities were as much needed in a citizen as by a soldier.” B.P. addressed scouts in 1935, saying “When men can learn to see each other’s eyes and to give unself-seeking friendship to their neighbors, the chances of war must subside and the foundations of peace will be laid around the world.” Scouting is “fun with a purpose,” said Baden Powell, and I believe making our youth into strong citizens, so that world peace may be achieved is that purpose.
Yours in Scouting,
Thomas E. Brownridge, Cubmaster, Pack 3177