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Key dates in the life of Lord Robert Baden-Powell

1857

Robert Baden-Powell is born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1876

 

 

 

 

Baden-Powell joins the 13th Hussars, a cavalry regiment in the British Army, launching a successful military career.

 

 

 

1899

 

Baden-Powell is garrison commander during the Siege of Maferking, 2nd Boer War, holding the garrison for 217 days he observes young boys assisting the soldiers by carrying messages and helping in the hospital.

 

 

 

1899

‘Aids to Scouting’, a manual on military scouting is published.

 

 

1903

Baden-Powell discovers that ‘ Aids to Scouting’ has reached a wider audience than the military one it was written for.

 

 

 

 

1907

 

 

Baden-Powell organises an experimental camp for boys held on Brownsea Island, Dorset, England.

 

 

 

1907

 

Baden-Powell’s sculpture of John Smith, the colonial pioneer, is displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1908

 

 

 

 

A rewrite of ‘Aids to Scouting’ is published as ‘Scouting for Boys’ and becomes a best seller.

 

 

 

1908

 

Groups of boy and girls, inspired by ‘Scouting for Boys’ start to organise themselves into Scout Troops.

 

 

1908

Baden-Powell sets up an office to cope with the volume of enquiries about Scouting.  The Scout movement is born.

 

 

1909

Baden-Powell establishes the Girl Guides.

 

 

1910

Baden-Powell retires from the British Army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baden-Powell marries Olave Soames.

 

 

 

1913

 

The Baden-Powell’s first child, Arthur, is born.

 

 

1915

The Baden-Powell’s second child, Heather, is born.

 

 

1916

The Baden-Powell’s third child, Betty, is born.

 

 

 

 

 

1916

 

 

 

Due to popular demand and partly inspired by his friend Rudyard Kipling’s  ‘The Jungle Book’ Baden-Powell establishes the Wolf Cubs, a group for younger boys.

 

 

 

 

 

1920

 

 

At the 1st World Jamboree Baden-Powell is declared Chief Scout of the World.

 

 

1929

At the 3rd World Jamboree the Prince of Wales announces that Baden-Powell will be made a Peer taking the title of Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.  He is also presented with a Rolls-Royce (nicknamed Jam Roll) and Eccles Caravan by the movement.

 

 

 

1937

Baden-Powell gives his farewell to Scouting and retires from public life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1938

 

 

 

 

 

Baden-Powell retires to Kenya following a period of ill health.

 

 

1941

Lord Robert Baden-Powell dies in Kenya at the age of 83.

 

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