The ScoutHandbookAll you need to know to grow fromTenderfoot to 1st Class Scoutand to gain your Scout CordThroughout the text, the word “him” or “he” shall be taken to infer both male or female.1 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012
Welcome to Scouting, an adventure that will take you from being a ten or eleven yearold Tenderfoot to becoming a First Class Scout and beyond.The Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association is proud to maintain the Traditional Scoutingskills and values that our founder believed in, but we are equally proud of our ability tomix those skills and values with some thoroughly modern adventures.This handbook will guide you through your progression and development in Scoutingand will give you links to other resources that will help you. You have probably justcome from the Wolf Cub Pack - you are now at the start of a journey of fun, adventureand learning and maybe you will end up being a Patrol Leader and wearing the Scout Cord, the highestaward a Scout can get before they are fifteen – I hope that’s what you are going to aim for.There are tests to be completed at each stage as you progress to gaining your Scout Cord, but they are notlike school tests - your Patrol Leader, fellow Scouts and your leaders will help you learn the skills and whenyou can show that you have mastered them they will sign off your record card.The tests are grouped like this: Tenderfoot – some simple tests to complete before you are invested as a Scout – if you have gainedyour Leaping Wolf you have already completed all the Tenderfoot tests.Second Class – these are the basic skills that you will need to enjoy the wonderful outdoor life of aScoutFirst Class – these skills prepare you for adventures where you take far more personal responsibility,until you can go on your first class journeyScout Cord – the highest award, to be gained before you are 15 and move to Senior Scouts.Baden-Powell wrote a series of articles called Scouting for Boys which excited young people over 100 yearsago, and they started to form Scout Patrols and Troops. He wrote those articles under eight headings and westill use similar headings today, and you will see them throughout this handbook: Scoutcraft and ChivalryExplorationCamp SkillsObservationWoodcraftHealth and FitnessSaving LifeCitizenshipEnjoy Scouting, I look forward to meeting you during your adventuresJayHeadquarters Commissioner for Scouts2 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012
TenderfootThis is the most important badge you will ever be awarded as a Scout.There will be other badges that prove that you have learned more skills and had moreadventures, but this badge shows that you have made a solemn promise in front ofother Scouts, and you are going to do your best to obey the Scout Law.Scoutcraft and Chivalry1. Understand the history of Scouting, the Baden-Powell Scout Association and the WorldFederation of Independent Scouts. Know about the life and achievements of Lord BadenPowell, our Founder.Page42. Know about the Scout section progressive award scheme and how it is structured.53. Know the Scout Law and Promise, and their meaning in accordance with age.64. Know the use and demonstrate the salute, sign, handshake and motto as explained in CampFire Yarn 3 of ‘Scouting for Boys'.65. Take part in a Patrol or Troop activity.Camp Skills6. Demonstrate with ropes how to tie the following knots: Reef knot, Sheet bend, Clove hitch,Bowline, Round turn and two half hitches, Sheepshank. Explain their uses.6787. Whip the end of a rope.Observation8. Demonstrate and follow the woodcraft signs given in Camp Fire Yarn 4 of ‘Scouting forBoys'.9Citizenship9. Know the history and composition of the Union Flag and demonstrate how to hoist, breakand fly it.103 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was the founder of Scouting. He was Born on22 Febuary 1857.B-P’s father died when he was three years old, and his early education was at home,where his mother encouraged him to learn about animals, plants and birds. B-P soondiscovered he could draw very well using either hand, and he became expert at imitatingbird calls.After school, at the age of 19 B-P, joined the army and did so well in his entrance exams that he wasimmediately posted as an officer with the 13th Hussars in India. He gained rapid promotion and hadmany famous victories, making him a hero to the British public.During the Boer War in Africa, Colonel Baden-Powell decided to tie up large numbers of Boer Troops byholding the strategically important town of Mafeking in South Africa, and the Siege of Mafekingbecame one of the most important actions of the war. B-P’s book called 'Aids to Scouting' sold well bothto the military and public at large, and particularly appealed to teenage boys.In 1907 B-P re-wrote 'Aids to Scouting', to aim it at a younger audience and called it 'Scouting for Boys'.Later that year he ran an experimental camp with 22 boys from different backgrounds, on BrownseaIsland, Poole Harbour, Dorset to try out his ideas. In 1908 B-P republished his book as “Scouting forBoys”, in 6 fortnightly instalments, boys started to buy this and create their own Patrols. Troops werethen formed and Scouting began. From there it spread all over the world. B-P ran a camp for anothergroup of Boy Scouts in Humshaugh, Northumbria - this was the first true Scout camp.In the next ten years Girl Guides, Wolf Cubs and Rover Scouts started, and Scout Rallies were held in themajor cities of Great Britain. In 1920 the first international Scout Jamboree was held and B-P was namedChief Scout of the world.In the following ten years B-P visited many countries to establish Scouting across theworld. Gilwell Park was presented to the Movement for the Woodcraft training ofScouters.B-P died on January 8th 1941 and was buried in Nyeri at the base of Mount Kenya.He had the remarkable experience of seeing the movement grow from the tiny acorn ofa small group of children camped on Brownsea Island into a Brotherhood andSisterhood which embraces almost the whole world.The Baden-Powell Scout's Association was formed in 1970, following moves by the Scout Association inthe mid 1960s to modernise their image. Founders of our Association felt that rest of the ScoutMovement was abandoning the traditions and intentions set out by B-P. The Baden-Powell Scouts retain4 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012Scoutcraft – 1. History of ScoutingB-P attended Rose Hill School, in Tunbridge Wells and then won a Scholarship to Charterhouse School inLondon. It was here that he explored his interest of wood-craft and learned lots of his scouting skills.Although officially off limits, he would sneak out into the wood surrounding his school where he learnedto move silently to avoid detection. He also caught and cooked rabbits and other animals, being carefulnot to give his position away with smoke.Tenderfoot1. Understand the history of Scouting, the Baden-Powell Scout Association and the World Federationof Independent Scouts. Know about the life and achievements of Lord Baden-Powell, our Founder.
It is a voluntary, educational charity movement for young people. It is independent, non-political, nonmilitary, and open to all without distinction of origin, race, creed or gender, in accordance with the purpose,principles and method conceived by Robert Baden-Powell.As an independent Scout Association, B-PSA are members of the the World Federation ofIndependent Scouts (WFIS). The WFIS was formed in 1996 and is a world body that recognisesIndependent Scouts Associations which teach traditional Scouting values, in countries across theglobe.Tenderfootthe belief that essence of the movement should be based on outdoor activities related to the skills ofexplorers and backwoodsmen.Notable Scouting 94619571970198220072008Brownsea Island – Experimental CampScouting for Boys. First Scout Camp - HumshaughBoy Scouts of America. An American businessman, William Boyce, was visiting London, and lost hisway in the fog. A small boy offered to show him the right way. Mr. Boyce wanted to pay him for histrouble, but the boy refused to accept the money, saying “A Scout does not take money for doing aGood Turn”. Mr. Boyce was amazed that the boy should refuse, and wanted to find out more aboutScouts. Next day he sought out the office and took back books about Scouting to his home inAmerica. He thought it was such a good way of training boys that he started the movement overthere.Crystal Palace RallyWolf Cubs formed.Rover Scouts formed.Gilwell Park opened.The first World Jamboree at Olympia.The Second World Jamboree at Copenhagen.The Third World Jamboree at Birkenhead (Liverpool) (B-P created Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell)First World Rover MootThe First Gang ShowThe Fourth World Jamboree at Godollo (Hungary)The Fifth World Jamboree at Vogelensang (Netherlands)Death of Baden-Powell. 8th January.Senior Scouts formed.Bi-Centenary Jamboree, Sutton Park, Birmingham.Baden-Powell Scouts Association formed.Beaver Scouts officially formed in the UK.B-PSA celebrate 100 years of Scouting at Camp Cricket and visit Brownsea IslandB-PSA celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Humshaugh camp, by camping near the original site5 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012Scoutcraft – 1. History of Scouting190719081909
There are tests to be completed at each stage as you progress through the Scout section, but they are notlike school tests - your Patrol Leader, fellow Scouts and your leaders will help you learn the skills and whenyou can show that you have mastered them they will sign off your record card.Tenderfoot2. Know about the Scout section progressive award scheme and how it is structured.The tests are grouped like this, and are described in detail later in this handbook:Tenderfoot – some simple tests to complete before you are invested as a Scout – if you have gainedyour Leaping Wolf you have already completed all the Tenderfoot tests. You should normallycomplete these within three months of starting in the Scout Section. Second Class – these are the basic skills that you will need to enjoy the wonderful outdoor life of aScout. It will probably take you a year or so to gain these skills, but you will of course also be goingon camps and outings at the same time, and working on proficiency badges for your favouriteactivities. First Class – these skills prepare you for adventures where you take far more personal responsibility,until you can go on your first class journey. It may well take you a while to gain all these skills, and atthe same time you will be helping younger Scout’s gain their skills. You will start to be given morefreedom to take care of yourself on camp and expeditions and take even more proficiency badges. Scout Cord – the highest award before you go to Senior Scouts, and must be completed before your15th birthday. It will need you to complete proficiency badges from a special list, and to have your 1stClass.6 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012Scoutcraft – 2. Progressive Award Scheme
The Scout Law & Promise are very important in the move from being someone who goes along to Scoutmeetings, to becoming a Scout. There are ten Laws which you will need to learn, however, is not enough justto be able to repeat the Laws, you are going to promise to do your best to obey them, and that is a bigundertaking.Behind each Law lies a great depth of meaning, talk to other Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts, toAkela and your Scout Leaders about what the Laws mean to them, and how they try to live by them – theyhave all promised to obey the same Laws as you.2. A Scout is loyal to The Queen, His Country, His Scouters, His Parents, His Employers and to thoseunder HimLoyalty means that you don’t let people down, and they can rely on you, and that doesn’t just apply topeople that you look up to. If you become a Patrol Leader, you will have to earn the respect of themembers of your Patrol, and be faithful to them especially.3. A Scouts' duty is to be useful and help othersA Scout should do their duty first. In order to understand their duty, B-P suggested that a Scout shouldconsider,"Which is my duty?" that is, "Which is best for other people?" - and do that one.A Scout should Be Prepared to do a good turn every day and help people, without seeking reward forbeing helpful.4. A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what Country, Class orCreed the other may belongWhen meeting another Scout, we should treat each other as we would expect to be treated. A Scoutshould offer help & support and must never look down upon the other. A Scout accepts the other asthey find them.Start by practising this in your Patrol, then your Troop, then with Scouts you meet from other Troops,and eventually if you are lucky with Scouts from other countries. Nearly 50 million people in almost 200countries are involved in Scouts and Guides. You are now part of that worldwide brotherhood for peaceand good.5. A Scout is courteousA Scout should be polite to everyone, no matter how the other person treats you, or speaks to you.6. A Scout is a friend to animalsA Scout should be kind to all animals and save them as far as possible from pain, and should not kill anyanimal unnecessarily.7. A Scout obeys orders of His parents, Patrol Leader, or Scout Master without question7 PageCopyright B-PSA 2012Scoutcraft – 3. Law and PromiseThe Law:1. A Scouts' honour is to be trustedA true Scout can be recognised because he lives this Law, he can be trusted to speak the truth, and nevergo back on his word. He can always be trusted to carry out any job to the best of his ability.Tenderfoot3. Know the Scout Law and Promise, and their meaning in accordance with age.
8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.You will find that life throws all sorts of difficulties at you, things that you don’t want to do, or make youfeel frightened or uncomfortable. Moaning and grumbling about these will just make you miserable, andwill
4 Page Copyright B-PSA 2012 Tenderfoot Scoutcraft – 1. History of Scouting 1. Understand the history of Scouting, the Baden-Powell Scout Association and the World .