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View of the first Scout Camp
on Brownsea Island, 1907


British Scout Association
From: William Hillcourt, and Olave Baden-Powell,
Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero
, 1964

Bill Hillcourt describes the camp on Brownsea Island:

"The camp site was everything B-P could have hoped for. It was a level spot at the south-western shore of Brownsea, with a view across the water and tidal flats towards distant Purbeck Ridge, and the imposing ruins of Corfe Castle in a cleft in the hills. The ground was dry, hard clay—the spot was an old pottery site—with heather, bracken, and patches of spiny furze aflame with yellow flowers. On one side of the site were a couple of boggy ponds, with oozy banks of rust-red mud overgrown with rushes and sedge. At the other side was a deserted, half-ruined two-storey building—the old pottery pay-house—which would come in handy for storage. A grove of Scotch pines and pinastic firs would provide fuel and wood for camp construction. The shore directly below the camp was littered with shards of tiles and broken bricks, and unsuited for bathing —but the beach to the east was excellent, with soft white sand."

William Hillcourt, and Olave Baden-Powell, Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero, 1964


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