World Scout Movement
This site lists important events of the world scout movement in chronological order. More information on «B-P», the founder of scouting, can be found here.
Development of the World Scout Movement
1899: The British general Robert Baden-Powell publishes «Aids to Scouting». The manual is very popular among young people in England. In the following years «B-P» developes a youth development concept based on his experiences in the army.
1907: As retired officer, «Bi-Pi» organises the first scout camp on Brownsea Island with 20 young people from different social backgrounds. This event marks the beginning of the world scout movement.
1908: The book «Scouting for Boys» is published by «B-P», reworking his earlier publication. He also writes about his experiences from the camp on Brownsea Island in it. Scouting spreads around the world through various promotions.
1912: The Girl Guides are founded under the leadership of «B-P's» sister Agnes. Two years later, his wife Olave Baden-Powell takes over from her.
1919: The International Council is founded to aid international cooperation between girl scouts. In 1928, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) emerges from it.
1920: The World Scout Bureau is set up in London, which later becomes the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). In the same year, the first World Scout Jamboree takes place in London (United Kingdom). It's participants name «B-P» the first Chief Scout of the World.
1931: The first World Scout Moot is held in Kandersteg (Switzerland).
1932: Olave Baden-Powell is elected Chief Guide of the World.
1941: The 83-year-old Robert Baden-Powell dies in Kenya and leaves behind a farewell letter to the scout movement.
1957: The ninth World Scout Jamboree is held in Birmingham (United Kingdom) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the scout movement and «B-P's» 100th birthday.
1958: The Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) takes place for the first time, where scouts from all over the world meet over the radio.
1977: Olave Baden-Powell dies.
1981: The UNESCO awards WOSM with the prize for peace education.
1982: The 75th anniversary is celebrated with the «Year of the Scout».
1988: The UN awards the scout movement for its environmental engagement.
1997: The Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is founded.
2007: The scout movement celebrates its 100th anniversary with the 21st World Scout Jamboree in Hylands Park (United Kingdom).
2016: The scout movement has more than 40 million members from 216 countries all around the world.