Scouting is an educational movement that, through varied and participating activities, encourages young people to assume their own development, to become involved with the community, forming true leaders. We believe that through proactivity, concern for others and the environment, we can help young people learn how to work towards building a better, more just and more fraternal world. The adults who participate are volunteers and are known as ‘scoutmasters’ or ‘escotistas’.
The Scouting history
The Scouting organization was founded in 1907 by General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, after he left the army in England. Although he had a military background and wanted to use some aspects of that life, he did not want the Scouts to be too military oriented. He did, however, take advantage of his military training and incorporated some techniques that he felt would be useful in developing an educational movement for young people.
After the program’s great success in England and other countries to which it quickly spread, the Scouts program arrived in Brazil. On April 17, 1910, ending a four-year renewal of the Brazilian naval fleet cycle, Battleship Minas Gerais returned to Brazil from Europe with a group of officers who brought with them uniforms and accessories from the Boy Scouts.
Immediately, this group founded the first scouting association in Rio de Janeiro called the Boys Scouts of Brazil. The scouts spread quickly throughout the country, initially with several independent associations. On November 4, 1924, the National Scout Organization was created in Brazil, following Baden-Powell’s desire to see a sense of unity among the various scout groups in each country.
Nowadays, the scout movement is making steady progress in building the ideal left by B-P. This ideal was registered, succinctly and accurately in one of his most famous statements:
“Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and, when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that, at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best” (Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell)