Scouting has a long and exciting history, and there are many sites dedicated to telling the story. Here is a list of some of the more important dates in the history of Scouting.
Robert Stephenson Smyth Powell, later Baden-Powell, was born.
Two boys write to tell B-P that thay have formed the 'Baden-Powell Scouting Society'.
Part One of Scouting for Boys published.
First official Scout Camp run by Baden-Powell at Humshaugh.
The 'British Boy Scouts' are formed.
Camp on TS Mercury leads to the formation of Sea Scouts.
'The Boy Scout Association' is formed.
Girl Guides begin.
First annual census - 100,298 Scouts and 7,688 Scouters.
Scout Jack Cornwell posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, aged 16.
Cornwell Medal instituted.
Wolf Cub Section started.
Senior Scouts renamed as Rover Scouts.
First World Scout Jamboree held at Olympia, London.
The woggle is introduced for holding the necker.
First Gang Show is produced by Ralph Reader.
A new design for the Thanks Badge is designed, replacing the swastika design.
A photo of one of the B-PSA's oldest scout groups, 1st Mortimer in 1938; at this time the Scout Group was already 28 years old!
Peter "Skip" Johnson is pictured second row from the front and four from the left - aged 14 he would go on to spend a life time in scouting becoming Southern Area commissioner and remaining a member of the group for some 86 years.
National Service Badge introduced.
Germany invades Poland - start of WW2.
Baden-Powell dies at Paxtu, Nyeri, Kenya.
Air Scouts officially recognised.
Japan surrenders - WW2 is over.
An organisation for British Scouts in Germany is formed.
First "Bob-a-job" week.
Scouts forbidden to hitchhike unless in an emergency.
The Boy Scout Association joins the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Long trousers are introduced as an option for Senior Scouts and Rovers.
The "Advance Party Report" is published, changing the nature of Scouting in Britain.
The Scout Action Group publish "The Black Report", asking for traditional Scouting to be allowed to continue.
The Baden-Powell Scout's Association breaks from the The Boy - Scout Association, with Lady Baden-Powell's support and her gifting the use of the Baden-Powell name.
Beavers were first formed in Canada
Olave, Lady Baden-Powell dies, aged 88.
Beavers start in the B-PSA
First WFIS Jamboree held in Denmak - over 850 Scouts attend from all over the world
B-PSA Centenary Camp held to mark the anniversary of the Brownsea Camp.
Second WFIS Jamboree held in Medellín, Colombia - over 3000 Scouts attend from all over the world.
Jamboree 2008 marks the centenary of the the first Scout Camp.
B-PSA UK Launches its new website!
B-PSA UK join 1300 Scouts from all over the world in Germany at EUROCAMP 2010
B-PSA UK join 2000 Scouts from all over the world in Italy at EUROCAMP 2014
In 2018, the B-PSA hosted Eurocamp - with thousands of scouts from all over the world!
The Covid-19 pandemic places all of the UK into lockdown and changes scouting for a while - but certainly does not stop us!
One of our groups took the initiative; making care packages and distributing them in their local community. Read more here
23rd April 2020 - St George's Day
We normally host St. George's Day parades all around the UK, however this year we could not due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Undeterred, we still celebrated the day - one of our Scout Groups produced the video below:
1st January 2021
After dedicating his life to the scouting movement for 75 years, one of the B-PSA's leaders is appointed an MBE in the Queen's annual New Year Honours list. Congratulations - Norman Boxall MBE!
The appointment was reported in the press - Read More
2nd January 2021
Norman Boxall MBE is appointed Chief Commissioner by the National Committee.