The first Scout camp is held – On this day in history


01 August 2016
1-August-OTD-55376.png Scouting certificate 1914
On 1 August 1907 Robert Baden-Powell held the first Scout camp, on Brownsea Island

On 1 August 1907 the first  Brownsea Island Scout camp is held in Poole Harbour, Dorset by Boer War hero Robert Baden-Powell to test his ideas for his forthcoming book, Scouting for Boys (published in 1908). The camp, which runs with 20 boys from August 1 to August 9, 1907, is regarded as the foundation of the worldwide Scouting movement. 

The photo shows a Scouting certificate signed by Baden-Powell in 1914. Maybe you have Scouting memorabilia among your family archives to show your ancestor was a Scout or Girl Guide, or perhaps you kept hold of your own uniform to pass on to your descendants? Explore your family's Scouting past in The Scout Association's Heritage Collection at

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