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Scoutings Birthplace

The United Kingdom was the founding nation of the World Scout Movement.

Brownsea IslandHow fortunate are those of us that enjoy Scouting in an area where the adventure began.

In 1907 Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour on the South Coast of England was privately owned by Charles van Raalte a friend of Baden Powell it was here that BP held the first Scout Camp.

Sea Scouting

Training Ship MercuryWater Activities were part of Scouting right from the start. In 1909 a camp that was held on Training ship Mercury at Bucklers Hard near Beaulieu, Hampshire lead to the formation of the Sea Scouts (formerly formed October 1910)

Air Scouts

Air Scout imageIn 1941 when the Battle of Britain was in progress above the skies of London, it was decided to introduce as soon as possible an Air Scout branch.

The scheme was based on ordinary Scout training but with an air bias. In 1942 the first national Air Scout Camp was held at Avington Park, Itchen Abbas, Hampshire, near Winchester.

B-P’s family home

Powell familyIn 1918 the family bought Blackarce Farm in Bentley, Hampshire. They changed the name to Pax Hill to mark the end of the war Pax being the Latin word for peace.

The family: B-P. Lady Baden-Powell, Heather, Peter,Betty