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100 years of Scouting

2007 marks the centenary of the birth of the Scouting movement on Brownsea Island.

The history

On 1 August 1907, twenty boys from diverse backgrounds spent a week on Brownsea Island in an experimental camp led by Robert Baden-Powell. The camp was packed full of adventure, challenge, teamwork, and opportunities to learn about citizenship and leadership. The camp on Brownsea Island confirmed Baden-Powell’s views about the value of Scouting. The following year he wrote “Scouting for Boys” which led to the formation of the Scout Movement. Today, Brownsea Island is owned and managed by the National Trust. Scouts (and Guides) still come from around the world to camp here and visit the birthplace of Scouting.

Celebrations in 2007

During 2007 there will be celebrations held on Brownsea Island to mark 100 years of Scouting. Some of these celebrations are specific to the Scouting movement, with the climax being a Sunrise Ceremony on 1 August 2007 (when the island will be closed to the public). This will see Scouts from every Scouting country in the world represented on the island. However, our visitors can also get involved in the celebrations. A few highlights:

  • 28 & 29 April – 100 Years of Scouting Family Activity Weekend
  • 25 - 28 May – Centenary Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church
  • 30 Jun & 1 July – 100 Years of Scouting Family Activity Weekend
  • 15 & 16 September – 100 Years of Scouting Family Activity Weekend

In addition, there will be new information about the history of Scouting in the Visitor Centre and a self-led trail leaflet to find out more. Groups visiting the island are very welcome, but must book in advance and can choose from a selection of activities available.

New Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre

In 2007 we will open the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre to improve the facilities on the campsite. The building will comprise new toilets and showers (including public toilets), the Trading Post Scout and Guide souvenir shop, a small heritage centre, a classroom and storage space.It will be available to all youth groups.

The building has been designed to sit comfortably within the landscape creating minimum impact on a sensitive site embodying the Scouting ethic of leaving the site as found. It is designed to minimise the use of heating and will have a biomass boiler. The principle construction material will be timber from sustainable sources.

More information on the Scouting centenary -  http://eng.brownsea2007.org/visit/

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The Scout Memorial Stone on Brownsea Island. A peacock sits on top of the stone in the early evening light. The stone is a monument to the first Scout camp held on the island in Aug 1907
© NTPL / Joe Cornish
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