||Scouting, guiding, cub and
brownie books; a short history with illustrations.
& GUIDING BOOKS
ONE page on the Collecting Books and
Magazines web site based in Australia.
Page by Pat Mitchell, of the
Abbey Girls of Australia
Page finalised 7th November, 2010.
by Collins, 1955.
SCOUT & CUB
AUTHORS | BROWNIE and GUIDE AUTHORS
Lord Robert Baden Powell
began Scouting almost 100 years ago with an
experimental camp on Brownsea Island in Pool
Harbour, UK, in 1907. Here he had a cross-section
of boys from many different ways of life and from
many parts of the UK. This was so successful that
'BP' (as he became known) went on to publish his
book 'Scouting for Boys' in
fortnightly parts. Boys were very soon forming
Patrols of Scouts all over the UK and beyond.
In 1909 'BP' held a large rally at Crystal Palace,
London, where boys came to join in the many activities.
As well as the boys there was a small group of girls who
had registered as Boy Scouts by just using initials
instead of names. 'BP' inspected them together with the
boys and realised that the girls needed a movement of
their own. He asked his sister Miss Agnes Baden
Powell to help. She wrote her book 'How
Girls Can Help to Build the Empire'. This was
published in 1912 and very soon Guide Patrols began to
form and grow, as was Scouting. The second girl guide
book (global book, not country specific) was written by
Lord Baden Powell in 1918. Entitled 'Girl
Guiding' - it replaced the earlier book. [Thanks,
Theressa, for the details on this latter book.]
It wasn't long before book publishers, realising the
popularity of both movements, began to publish short
stories and novels with Scouting and Guiding themes. Many
of the early ones were written by people who had become
leaders in these new and wonderful movements for boys and
girls. They used the adventures and activities of their
own troops and companies as a basis for their stories.
Other well-known authors of the day who often knew very
little of Scouting or Guiding introduced the themes into
their books, often within a school or church, as indeed
were many units.
The short stories were first published in annuals and
very soon complete Scouting and Guiding annuals began to
appear. These contained adventure stories, stories of the
lives of famous people who had been scouts or guides, and
activities that the scout or guide could practise. These
annuals continued to be very popular right up until the
When Cubs began for the younger boy in 1914 this
opened up another avenue for authors with books for the
7-10 year-old. In the same year Brownies began for the
younger sisters of guides and many books appeared for the
younger girl. Further story avenues appeared with the
formation of Senior Scout patrols and Rangers within the
Girl Guide movement.
Many books, while having a strong sense of adventure,
reflected the values placed on Scouting and Guiding.
While World War 1 was in progress many of the books told
of the courage of former scouts and guides, often being
based on true experiences.
Scouting and Guiding books continued being published
into the 1960s. Since then, very little has appeared
apart from books about brownies and cubs, and annuals
which continue to be produced.#
Thanks also to Kathy Macdonald for additional
|SCOUT and CUB
A R Channel
K Wallis Coales
H B Davidson
F Haydn Dimmock
S Holbrooke Jones
K M Peyton
Margaret G Rhodes
George A Warren
John F C Westerman
Mildred A Wirt
BROWNIE and GUIDE
K N Abbott
E M Brent-Dyer
Linda M Clarke
GUIDE AUTHORS cont.
Freda Collins (Brownies)
H B Davidson
Helen R Davidson
Mary K Harris
Nancy M Hayes
A M Irvine
P J Langlands
Alix Liddell (true stories)
C R Mansell
Ivy F E Middleton
F O H Nash
E J Oxenham
S B Owsley
Mrs A C Osbonn Hann
Dorothy Richardson (Brownies)
Constance M White
Mildred A Wirt (Brownies)
Hello - I am a former Girl Guide and latterly Cub
Mistress with the 1st Upton-By-Chester UK Groups
of Guides and Scouts. I was interested to read
the introduction in which it states 'Lord Robert
Baden Powell began Scouting almost 100 years ago
with an experimental camp on Brown Sea Island in
Portsmouth Harbour, UK, in 1907.'
I don't want to appear to be a 'know all' but
actually the experimental camp was on Brownsea
Island [one word] in Pool Harbour [at that time
in the County of Hampshire]. I lived in
Bournemouth up to age 10 and my brother and I
used to catch a bus in the summer holidays and
play around the edge of Pool Harbour opposite
Brownsea Island on an old Motor Torpedo Boat near
the deserted village of Arne, both had been used
for training during WW2.
If you go to http://www.local.live.com
and enter Brownsea Island you can look at it from
a satellite and Zoom in quite low. Thought you
might enjoy that!
I'm looking for an early edition of any book
about running a Scout Group [pre 1954] for my
daughter who is now an assistant with the local
group here in Wales. I have a copy of 'Running a
Scout Group' by J. F. Colquhoun 1954 but would
like to find earlier books on the subject.
J. Gregory UK
Thanks for your
information; I've updated the page.
Oxford Annual for
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