The Aims and Mission:
The association describes its aims in its mission due to its convergence:
The mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. We wish that our students should go through this experience and become more mature persons in their lives and thus contribute their share to the growth of the society and the country at large.
A brief glimpse of its Genesis in general & Directives
I. The Genesis of Scouting in the World
The Boy Scouts Movement had a simple start in the year 1907 when a retired Army General Lord Baden Powell conducted an experimental camp in Brown Sea Island in England with 20 boys. The successful conduct of the camp and publication of the Book ‘Scouting for Boys’ in a fortnightly marked the start of the Boy Scout Movement.
II. The Genesis of Scouting In India
Scouting started in India in the year 1909, when Captain T.H. Baker established the first Scout Troop in Bangalore and got it registered with Imperial Headquarters, London. Subsequently, Scout Troops were formed in Kirkee (Pune), Shimla, Madras, Jabalpur, Lonavla (Mumbai) and registered with the Imperial Headquarters during 1910 and 1911. These units were open to European and Anglo Indian Children only.
The first Guide Company in India was started in Jabalpur, Central India in 1911.
As the Scout Movement was not initially open to the Indian boys, Nationalist leaders of India decided to offer Scouting activities to Indian Boys and Sewa Samiti Scout Association was formed with Headquarters in Allahabad by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru and Pandit Sriram Bajpai. Dr. Annie Besant with the help of Shri G.S. Arundale started a separate Scout Association for Indian Boys in Madras.
Efforts were made for unification of different scout groups existing in India during the visit of Lord Baden Powell to India in 1921 and 1937 but failed. Major reason for the failure in unification was the promise clause which included the word “Duty to King”. Our Patriotic sentiments of our Nationalist leaders did not approve the allegiance to the British Empire and instead it was insisted that allegiance and loyalty to the Country should be part of the Scout Promise.
But, after the independence of our country efforts were made for unification of the Scout and Guide Associations functioning in India. Serious efforts were made by our National leaders like Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India, Mauland Abul Kalam Azad, the First education Minister of India, Shri Mangal Das Pakvasa, Governor of Central Province, and Scout leaders Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru, Pandit Sri Ram Bajpai, Justice Vivian Bose and others for the merger of the Scout/Guide Associations. Dr.Tara chand, Education Secretary, Government of India made significant contribution in finalizing the merger deed.
The Final merger took place on 7th November 1950 and the unified Organization came into existence under the Name “The Bharat Scouts and Guides”. The Girl Guides Association formally joined the Bharat Scouts and Guides a little later on 15thAugust 1951.
III. The Fundamentals
1) Definition:-The Bharat Scout 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 methods conceived by the Founder Lord Baden Powell in 1907.
2) Purpose: The purpose of the Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of local, national and international communities.
3) Principles: The Scout Movement is based on the Following Principles.
3. 1. DUTY TO GOD: Adherence to spiritual principle, loyalty to the religion that expresses the acceptance of the duties resulting there from.
3. 2. DUTY TO OTHERS: Loyalty to one's country in harmony of local and international peace, understanding, co-operation. Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for dignity of one's fellowmen and for the integrity of the natural world.
3. 3. DUTY TO SELF: Responsibility for the development of one’s self.
IV. The Method The Scout is a system of progressive self-education through :-
1. A Promise and Law.
2. Learning by doing.
3. Membership of small groups under adult leadership involving progressive discovery & acceptance of responsibility & training towards self government directed towards the development of character. And the acquisition of competence, self-reliance, dependability and capacities to co-operate and to lead.
4. Progressive and stimulating programmes of various activities based on the interest of the participants including games, useful skills and services to the community taking place largely in an outdoor setting in contact with nature.
V. The Scout Oath or Promise
“On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
VI. The Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
VII. Scout Moto: Taiyar (Be Prepared)
Therefore keeping in mind the above mentioned matters. We conclude that, “The Scouting” uses sundry fun programme to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness for every member. It’s really beneficial to students who want holistic development of their personality. We appreciate your patience in taking time to become familiar with Scouting. We feel that an informed parent is a strong ally in delivering the Scouting programme. So help us keep the unit programme in accord with Scouting principles.
After having gone through this programme. If you wish your ward should become part of Scouting Troop of DBA, kindly sign the Parent Agreement Block and fill up the Application Form for you ward.
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