Scouting in the UK is the largest mixed volunteer-led Movement for young people in the UK.
Scouting exists to make young people’s lives better, helping them realise their full potential and
take their place in society.
Without everyday adventures, the world would certainly be a less interesting place,
and if it wasn’t for the talent and originality of one man,
the Scout Movement might never have existed at all.
This man was Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), a soldier, artist, actor and free-thinker. Best known for his
spirited defence of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, he was propelled to further fame as the Founder of Scouting.
Inspired during the siege by the initiative shown by boys under pressure, Baden-Powell (BP) realised that young people had huge potential that was often left untapped.
Already thinking of developing a training programme for young people in Britain, he was encouraged by friends to rewrite his handbook for soldiers (Aids to Scouting) for this younger audience.
Lord Baden-Powell died in 1941 but his legacy continued. Scouting became a byword for adventure, usefulness and global friendship.
As the Movement spread across the world, Scouting continued to evolve in the United Kingdom. Following heroic work during the Second World War when Scouts acted as coast guards, couriers and stretcher bearers, members continued to show they were truly able to live their motto ‘Be prepared.’
At the dawn of the 21st Century, the Association again underwent reform with the launch of a new logo, uniform and training programme and the introduction of Explorer Scouts and the Scout Network by 2002.
In 2007, the Movement celebrated its centenary and the 21st World Scout Jamboree was held in the UK. Scouting hit the headlines in 2009 when TV adventurer Bear Grylls was announced as the new Chief Scout.
About Putnoe Group
We currently have 25 Leaders and 150 Young People with numbers growing all the time.
We have units based both in Putnoe as well as at Holy Cross, Goldington.