|Title:||Boy scouts |
|Date:|| 1957 |
|Record creator:||Australian News and Information Bureau |
|Reference:||A1200, L24133 |
This is a black-and-white photograph of members of the Fourteenth Canberra Troop of Boy scouts
erecting a tent at an unidentified location near the Murrumbidgee River, in Australian Capital Territory
- portrays a group of Boy Scouts, a youth organisation officially founded in 1908 in England by former British soldier, Robert (later Lord) Baden Powell – with the motto of 'be prepared', it had the objective of encouraging the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people; the organisation now has girls as members in Australia and many other countries and is known simply as the Scouts; in 2005 it was the biggest youth organisation in Australia (65,000 members) and the world (about 28 million members).
- features a boys' camp, from which the scouting organisation was born – Baden Powell developed an army manual called Aids to Scouting while in the British Army in India, but it was after a boys' camp in 1907 that he developed his Scouting for Boys, which for years remained one of the bestselling books in English-speaking countries, and was translated into many other languages; Scouting grew in line with the popularity of the book.
- depicts a group of Scouts at a time when the organisation only accepted boys as members – in Australia, girls and young women were admitted in 1973 into the 'Venturer' and 'Rover' sections (ages 14–26), and in 1988 into its Cub and general Scout sections (ages 7–14); since 1990, a Joey Scout section has been open to boys and girls (ages 6 and 7).
- shows members of the newly formed Fourteenth Canberra Troop of Boy Scouts either at their first camp, or practising for it – although the Scouts has always been a non-sectarian organisation, this particular troop, formed in August 1957, comprised boys linked to St Paul's Anglican Church in Manuka; although scouting began in Australia in 1908, the First Canberra Scout Troop was not formed until 1917; in 2005 the ACT had 37 troops and 8 Rover 'crews'.
- illustrates part of a key Scout activity, erecting a tent at a camping site – as well as camping, Scouts undertake a wide range of adult-supervised activities, both indoors and outdoors, emphasising skills such as survival, innovation and problem-solving, as well as service to others and good citizenship.
- features a 'cottage'-shaped canvas tent that is relatively easy to erect, with poles and ropes providing support – sometimes a large canvas 'fly' would be put over such tents to provide shade or protection from rain, and a shallow ditch would usually be dug around the outside for drainage in case of rain.
- shows uniforms of Boy Scouts, including wide-brimmed hats and scarves that had to be specially tied and held in place with a 'woggle' close to the neck – 'proficiency' badges would be sewn onto the shirts after the boys had passed tests in fields such as bushcraft, first aid, camping, cooking, and knot-tying; although aspects of the uniform have changed, scouting administrators have always insisted on neat, clean and properly worn uniforms, with military-type inspections.
- depicts a group of boys who may have found the quasi-military aspects of scouting attractive because military themes featured in much of the popular culture to which they were exposed, such as movies and comics – the boys did not have television at home acting as a disincentive to participation in recreational activities outside the home; television had been introduced in Sydney and Melbourne in 1956, but did not reach the ACT until 1962.
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