About this image
A group of boy scouts, possibly photographed at the Manor Football Ground on Manor Road. The Boy Scout movement was started in 1908 so this photo must post-date that. It was the idea of Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941), a Lieutenant General in the British Army, who during 1906-7 wrote a best-selling book 'Scouting for Boys' based on his experience of military scouting. As part of his research for the book, in the summer of 1907 he staged a camp for boys on Brownsea Island in Dorset in order to test his theories. It was these two events that gave birth to the movement. In fact, the reaction was both unexpected and phenomenal and within two years there were over 100,000 scout members. The scouts in this view can be seen to be wearing the characteristic original uniform of a thick-seamed khaki button-up shirt, shorts, neckerchiefs and a broad-brimmed campaign hat. The circular belt buckles sport the fleur-de-lis motif and are inscribed "Boy Scout" and "Be Prepared". Although the original of this image is badly faded it is included here in view of its historic interest.