This is a short explanation and lesson about the Scout Organization.
It all started way back in 1907 with a retired English soldier named Robert Baden-Powell.
He created the concept for young people to have the opportunity of making a positive contribution to society while building their character and sense of self-reliance.
The organization has an established structure and a global popularity to both boys and girls.
There are four tier levels to being a scout.
The first is for the very young to be a Beaver.
A Beaver then progresses to become a Cub.
Around the time a child becomes a teenager, they become a Scout.
Later in life, the step-up is completed to Venture Scout or a Ranger.
For girls, it starts as a Brownie and then they become a Girl Guide just as boys become Scouts.
Essentially, a Scout learns and puts into action life skills which may not be taught at home, at school or within the local community.
A scout learns about basic survival skills through camping out, how to make a camp fire, how to cook in the forest, how to find food to cook.
They also learn practical things such as tying a knot, camp cooking, map reading and first aid and other stuff which will serve them well in later life.
Having been a Scout or a Girl Guide will be looked upon favourably on a Curriculum Vitae as a reflection of good character, honesty, integrity and as a community service member.
Scouts meet up in an organized way on a regular basis. This is called a jamboree.
A jamboree is actually a word of unknown origin but Robert Baden-Powell may have come across the word during his army service days.
Possibly, he recalled the word from a piece of writing about Calcutta India by English writer Rudyard Kipling in 1919.
Anyway, Robert Baden-Powell conjured up the title of ‘jamboree’ for a lavish or boisterous celebration at a scounting rally and the word has become synonmous with scouting ever since.
Today, more than 31 million young people from all over the world enjoy the fun, friendship and adventure of scouting.