Check out my Scouting for Boys book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book.Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship is the founding book of Scouting, written by General Robert Baden Powell, founder of the youth movement and the first complete edition of which appeared in London in 1908. The work is based on his own adventures in his childhood and youth, 

Scouting for Boys book

about his military experiences, especially as a member of the Mafeking Corps of Cadets during the Second Boer War during the Siege of Mafeking and his early Scout experiences at the Brownsea Island camp in England. It is also the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century in the world and one of the most translated into all the languages ​​where the Scout Movement has arrived.

 Of the official versions in Spanish, the best known is the one carried out by the Inter-American Council of the Scout Movement under the direction of engineer Jorge Núñez. The rights to the work belong to the British Scout Association until 2011, which is the 70th anniversary of the author's death and the time the work enters the public domain.

The book contains all the basic elements that the Scout Movement gives and that were born from the experience and creativity of the founder and whose method has not only served to forge the history of the largest youth movement in the world, but has also entered the field. . . . . . . . . of education and methodology in other educational areas and fields.

Addressed directly to the boys as actors of their own activities, it calls for their responsibility in the formation of their own country, the value of the family and the primordial position of each religion. “I imagine that every boy wants to help his country in one way or another. An easy way to do this is to become an explorer,” the author begins with what are but the words of an adult of vivid experience and fiery vitality. on a campfire night.

 Scouting for Boys book summary

 The book was actually an adaptation that Baden-Powell made of another original of his that he had called "Reconnaissance and Exploration" more within the military theme and written for the training of recruits in 1884 and also of his work "Scouting Aid for Men" . written in 1899. These military instruction books were used by the British Army to train men in the field.

In Mafeking, BP recruited and trained children between the ages of 12 and 15 amid the harsh conditions they experienced there. After his return to England after the Boer War, Baden-Powell discovered that the manuals he had written for soldiers were used in schools to teach children techniques of observation and deduction

. He then decided to revise his military publication and turn it into a children's book. Many of his friends supported his idea, including Sir William Alexander Smith, founder of the boys' brigade, and Cyril Arthur Pearson, owner of several newspapers and printing houses.

Between 1906 and 1907, BP spent most of her time writing Scouting for Boys and advancing his ideas on the outline of the Boy Scout Movement of which she is his father. All of this was put to the test at Camp Brownsea Island during the summer of 1907, with Pearson's publisher Percy Everett in attendance.
Cover of 1908.

Scouting for Boys was first published in six parts called Bonfires of 70 pages each between January and March 1908. All were published by Horace Cox, Pearson Press. These six publications were successful and appeared as a complete book on May 1, 1908. Scouting for Boys has been translated into almost every language in which Scouting has grown in the world on five continents.

 In 1948 the book had sales of 50 thousand copies per year. Only in 1967 did its publication decline and in the last decades of the 20th century, even within the Scout Movement, the book came to be seen as a historical curiosity. It is the fourth best-seller of the 20th century. However, it is still the cornerstone of the Movement and works have been derived from it that have to do with the Scout theme.

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