The Scouts & Guides is a voluntary, non-political, educational movement for young people, open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the Founder Lord Baden Powell in 1907. It is an International organization which spread its wings to India in 1909. The movement being called the Bharat Scouts and Guides in India has its national headquarters recognized by the Government of India and is housed at New Delhi.
The purpose of the Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of the local, national and international communities irrespective of caste and creed. The Scout/Guide Movement is based on the following Principles:
(i) Duty to God: Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.
(ii) Duty to others:
- Loyalty to one's country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding, cooperation.
- Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of one's fellowmen and for the integrity of the natural world.
The Method :
The Scout/Guide Method is a system of progressive self education through:
• A Promise & Law
• Learning by doing
• Membership of small groups under adult leadership (Patrol System)
• Progressive and stimulating programmes of various activities based on interest of the participants.