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CodeNA7443
Dates1908-
Person NameFirst Brechin Boy Scout Troop; 1908-
ActivityThe Boy Scout movement was founded in Britain in 1908 by Lieutenant-General Robert (later Lord) Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941), famous for his defence of Mafeking (1899 - 1900) during the Boer War. The organisation was initially for boys aged between 11 and 14 or 15, and aimed to develop good citizenship and skill in various outdoor activities. The Scouts were organised into small groups (patrols) of six or seven under a boy patrol leader. Training included tracking, reconnaissance, mapping, signalling, knotting, first aid, and other skills relevant to camping and outdoor activities. Training was rewarded by the granting of badges, and a daily good deed encouraged. Scouts had to obey the Scout Law, a simple code of chivalrous behaviour. The aims of the Scout movement are to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to be responsible, self-reliant citizens. Membership is now open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 1/2 and 15 1/2. Brechin was quick to adopt Baden-Powell's ideas for the Boy Scouts: the first evidence of the troop's existence is 8 December 1908 and by June 1909 the troop was 'full to overflowing', and the formation of a second troop was proposed. The activities included camps, fundraising efforts and entertainments for and by the Scouts. In 1911 a County Scout Committee was established: the Forfarshire Scout Council. Col. Stewart Fotheringham of Pourie, Fotheringham and Tealing (b.1862) was elected Commissioner, and Lord Strathmore President. The same year saw the founding of the Local Association for the promotion of the Scout Movement in Brechin and District, at the suggestion of Lady Dalhousie (b.1878) who became its President.
Corporate NameFirst Brechin Boy Scout Troop
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