Association of Adventurers of Baden-Powell

What is Scouting?

Scouting is a worldwide youth movement created by Lord Robert Baden Powell - a retired British General, in 1907, at Brownsea. Today, there are more than 38 million scouts, in 217 countries and territories, of all religions and nationalities, represented by many different scouting organisations worldwide.

Scouting is a youth movement based on the acquisition of strong values, such as solidarity, mutual aid and respect. Its aim is to help young individuals in forming their character, and to build their personality; while contributing to their physical, mental and spiritual development so that they become active and productive citizens in society. To reach this objective, scouting relies on hands-on activities in the nature, but also on activities inside, designed for intellectual learning. Scouting basic principals relies on a Law and a Promise, and is often laic; although some groups can be religious in nature.

Advantages of Scouting

Scouting, unlike other leisure movements or activities, is a movement of education. It tends, through games, teamwork and nature to form the young people that become part of it, to take an active part in the society, and to become leaders in their community.  

The Aims of Scouting

The 4 original aims (goals or branches) were structured and developed in depth by Baden Powell in Aids to scoutmastership, in which they consist of the contents. The aims of scouting essentially target the complete development of a person. They are described as followed:

  1. Character Development: The Scout or Guide Law – life outdoors – camps, chivalry, happiness, joy of living, observation, scout games, art of sailing.
  2. Health and Strength: Physical Exercises and the reason behind each of them, hygiene habits, games, prevention of diseases, temperance, smoke-free environment, self-control.
  3. Handicraft and Skill: Handicraft, work to develop a specialization, civic spirit, etc.
  4. Service to Others: Spirit of Chivalry and abnegation, mutual aid, first aid, rescue, chargés de missions. »
  5. Sense of God, was added later on by Father Sévin (with the agreement of Baden-Powell) to add a religious aspect.

Exerpt from “Aids to Scoutmasters“

 

Character - which we teach through: the Patrol System, the Scout and Guide Law, Scout lore, woodcraft, responsibility of the Patrol Leader, team games and the resourcefulness involved in camp work. This includes the realization of God the Creator through His works; the appreciation of beauty in Nature; and through the love of plants or animals with which outdoor life has made one familiar.

Health and Strength - Through games, exercises, and knowledge of personal hygiene and diet.

Handicraft and Skill- occasionally through indoor activities, but more specially through pioneering, bridge-building, camp expedients, self-expression through the arts, which all tend to make efficient workmen.

Service to Others - The carrying into daily life of the practice of religion by “good turns,” dealing with quite small good actions as well as with community service, accidents, life-saving. “

 

Kinds of Scouting

There are two main kinds of scouting:

Scouting that tends to be more traditional (as applied for example, at the AABP)

Scouting following a pedagogy said to be more “modern” as advocated, for example by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, and Scouts Canada