February 22nd 1857: Robert Baden-Powell born
On this day in 1857, the founder of the Scout movement Robert Baden-Powell was born in Paddington, London. Baden-Powell began his career as a lieutenant-general in the British Army; he fought in the Boer War and served in the colonial force in India and Africa. In 1907 he held the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island. After the success of this he published ‘Scouting for Boys’ a year later, which was billed as a ‘Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship’. The Scout Movement grew from there, establishing an equivalent for girls in 1910 and is now a worldwide phenomenon. Scouts and Guides continue to learn outdoors skills and get involved with nature and the community.