A Baden-Powell Bibliography

"Books are like a gigantic treasure chest stuffed full of gold and precious stones and pieces of eight – and a bit of nonsense too. It is tremendous fun exploring the chest and deciding for yourself what is valuable and what isn’t, what you want to keep and what you don’t like." — Baden-Powell, Wolf Cub Handbook (15th Edition), p. 162

"Books are the best friends a man can have. You choose those that you like; you can rely on them at all times; they can help you in your work, in your leisure, and in your sorrow. You have them always around you at your beck and call in your home." Baden-Powell, Rovering to Success (1922), p. 150.


From: Laszlo Nagy, 250 Million Scouts, The World Scout Foundation and Dartnell Publishers, 1985


  • 1884 Reconnaissance and Scouting

  • 1885 Cavalry Instruction

  • 1889 Pigsticking or Hoghunting

  • 1896 The Downfall of Prempeh

  • 1897 The Matabele Campaign

  • 1899 Aids to Scouting for N.C.O.s and Men

  • 1900 Sport in War

  • 1901 Notes and Instructions for the South African Constabulary

  • 1907 Sketches in Mafeking and East Africa

  • 1908 Scouting for Boys, in six parts

  • 1909 Yarns for Boy Scouts

  • 1910 Scouting Games

  • 1911 Scouting for Boys, complete edition

  • 1912 Handbook for Girl Guides (in collaboration with Agnes Baden-Powell)

  • 1913 Boy Scouts Beyond the Seas

  • 1914 Quick Training for War

  • 1915 Indian Memories My Adventures as a Spy

  • 1916 Young Knights of the Empire The Wolf Cub’s Handbook

  • 1918 Girl Guiding

  • 1919 Aids to Scoutmastership

  • 1921 What Scouts Can Do An Old Wolf’s Favourites

  • 1922 Rovering to Success

  • 1923 Scouting for Boys (Canadian edition: The Canadian Boy Scout)

  • 1923 Re-issue: Pig-Sticking or Hog-Hunting (1889)

  • 1924 The Adventures of a Spy. Reissue of: Indian Memories My Adventures as a Spy (1915)

  • 1927 Life’s Snags and How to Meet Them

  • 1929 Scouting and Youth Movements

  • 1932 Scouting for Boys in India (Boys’ edition)

  • 1933 Lessons from the Varsity of Life

  • 1934 Adventures and Accidents

  • 1935 Scouting Round the World

  • 1936 Adventuring to Manhood

  • 1937 African Adventures

  • 1938 Birds and Beasts of Africa

  • 1939 Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • 1940 More Sketches of Kenya

  • 1942 Scouting for Boys (1942 Memorial edition)

  • 1944 Aids to Scoutmastership (Definitive "World Brotherhood Edition," edited by William Hillcourt)

  • 1946 Scouting for Boys (Definitive "World Brotherhood Edition", edited by William Hillcourt)


  • 1923 Blazing the Trail. Being wise saws and modern instances from the works of the Chief Scout. Collected by Laura Holt

  • 1941 B-P’s Outlook. Selections from The Scouter.

  • 1956 Adventuring with Baden-Powell. Selected yarns and articles

  • 1985 Footsteps of the Founder. A collection of quotations from Baden-Powell. Published by WOSM.


  • 1883 On Vedette: An Easy Aide-Memoire

  • 1896 The Native Levy in the Ashanti Expedition

  • 1897 The Campaign in Rhodesia

  • 1907 Boy Scouts Scheme–Boy Scouts: A Suggestion-Summary of Scheme-A Successful Trial

  • 1909 A Trip to Sunshine

  • 1911 Sea Scouting for Boys

  • 1911 Workers or Shirkers-Boy Scouts in Connection with National Training and National Service

  • 1915 Marksmanship for Boys

  • 1917 Scouting Towards Reconstruction The Cub Book

  • 1920 Steps to Girl Guiding Brownies and Bluebirds

  • 1921 The Scout’s First Book Scouting in Education

  • 1927 South African Tour 1926-27

  • 1929 Aims, Methods and Needs

  • 1932 Rover Scouts

  • 1936 The Great Trek of the Early Scouts of South Africa

  • 1939 About Those Boy Scouts

About Lazlo Nagy and 250 Million Scouts:

In 1985, Lazlo Nagy, then Chief Executive of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, wrote 250 Million Scouts as a history of the Scout Movement from its earliest days to the present. In the early chapters the focus is on the "Founder," Sir Robert Baden-Powell. But the unique contribution of the book is its perspective on the development of the Scout Movement as a world organization. Nagy, himself, was a Scout as a boy in Hungary. Little did he expect to be so thoroughly involved in Scouting and to cap a distinguished career as leader of the World Organization.

250 Million Scouts was published by the World Scout Foundation and Dartnell Publishers in 1985. The following is the author’s profile as it appears in the book.

"Lazlo Nagy, the author, is a Swiss citizen of Hungarian origin, a sociologist, historian and Doctor of Political Science. A former journalist and the author of a number of books on current politics, he undertook a two-year study of the International Scout Movement, financed by the Ford Foundation. In 1968, on completion of the study, he was invited to put his recommendations into practice and accepted the appointment of Chief Executive of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It was to have been a three-year assignment. Now, 17 years later and still in the job, this book 250 Million Scouts is the fruit of his unique perspective."

Stevens Publishing of Kila, Montana has a wonderful selection of reprints of many of B-P’s writings. These include, among others: Aids to Scoutmastership, Lessons from the Varsity of Life, Memories of India and My Adventures as a Spy. There are works about Scouting, about B-P’s first career as a soldier, and about B-P’s views on both Scouting and life. They also publish reprints of works by Ernest Thompson Seton and Dan Beard, two of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. They provide a unique source of information on the Founder in his own words.
The Baden-Powell Library. A Selection of excerpts from the works of Sir Robert Baden-Powell and works relating to his life and career. Text Only Index
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