Aims of Scouting
HISTORY OF SCOUTING
Scouting was conceived and developed by Lord Baden Powell, as a result of experiences during his army career, which culminated in his elevation to "National Hero", after his successful defence of the besieged town of Mafeking in South Africa during the Boer War.
In 1907 he held his first camp for boys on Brownsea Island and as a result wrote a book called "Scouting for Boys". It was an instant success, and soon boys all over the country were getting together to become "Boy Scouts". Although self-reliance was an important ideal, parents soon became involved to support their sons' activities.
There are now over 16 million people involved in scouting worldwide spread across 150 countries.
The 1st Chipping Sodbury Scout Group was formed in 1914 and has developed to become one of the largest and most successful in the district. With the assistance of parents and helpers we aim to provide Scouting for two Beaver colonies, two Cub packs, two Scout troops and an Explorer Scout Unit.
All sections are run by adult warranted leaders who voluntarily give up a great deal of their spare time and often their own finances. No leader or helper ever receives any form of payment other than the satisfaction of seeing the results of their endeavours.
AIM AND METHOD OF SCOUTING
Scouting has developed over the years and we now have set structures to follow. However the general aim if the organisation remains the same and is stated as follows: "The Aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The Method of achieving the Aim of the Association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training based on the Scout Promise and Law and guided by adult leadership".