Quotes from Scouting Founder Robert Baden-Powell

BADEN POWELL-001Over a century volumes of guidance has been offered to Scoutmasters yet none is so effective as that of the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement Robert Baden-Powell

A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.

A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.

Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.

Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.

If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.

See things from the boy’s point of view.

Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster’s own personal example.

The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.

The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.

We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.

When you want a thing done, ‘Don’t do it yourself’ is a good motto for Scoutmasters.

The most important object in Boy Scout training is to educate, not instruct.

In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.

Loyalty is a feature in a boy’s character that inspires boundless hope.

The good turn will educate the boy out of the groove of selfishness.

The Scoutmaster guides the boy in the spirit of an older brother.


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