E. E. Reynolds, Boy Scouts, 1944
"Lord Baden-Powell was a great man and a national hero. The fame of the man and of the Movement he founded are widespread throughout the world, yet many people have no clear idea of the actual aims and methods of the Boy Scout Association. In the present volume Mr. Reynolds, the Editor of The Scouter and the biographer of Lord Baden-Powell, gives a straightforward account of the origins and growth of the Movement and describes its chief activities, achievements and aims. In England, the movement more or less founded itself-as the result of the enthusiasm roused by Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys, a book written after the experimental camp held on Brownsea Island in 1907, and intended to provide a tentative guide for outdoor activities for the already existing Boys' Brigade Movement. The original idea was soon expanded to include Girl Guides, Wolf Cubs, Sea Scouts, Rovers, etc., and rapidly spread to the Dominions, the Colonies and to foreign countries. Many people remember the international jamborees at which Scouts of many nationalities camped together, the last, held in 1937 in Holland, being attended by the representatives Of 31 nations and by the Chief Scout himself, then aged eighty. Among the virtues of the Scout Movement is a decentralised administration which admits of a great degree of freedom in the individual group, the emphasis on out-of-door occupations, the development of self-reliance, the application of ideals in actions, the value of the art of improvisation and the ability to dispense with ready-made appliances.
"For those who are familiar with Scouting this book will recall many things and especially the remarkable qualities and influence of Baden-Powell himself; for those who know little of the Movement there could be no better introduction."
From the flyleaf of E. E. Reynolds, Boy Scouts, London, 1944
Chapter 1. The Coming of the Boy Scouts
Chapter 2. Principles and Methods
Chapter 3. Expansion
Chapter 4. Organisation
Chapter 5. Activities
Chapter 6. Citizenship
Chapter 7. National Service
Chapter 8. The End of a Period
Chapter 9. The Future