Citizens of the Empire
Baden-Powell, Scouts and Guides, and an imperial ideal
in Imperialism and Popular Culture
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This chapter explores some of the themes and variations of popular imperialism as revealed by the history and development of the Scout and Guide movements within the British Empire. It first examines the imperial elements within Baden-Powell's thinking and how they were developed after the initial reception of his book, Scouting for Boys. Then, the chapter follows an analysis of the views and policies of the headquarters of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides as they expanded and extended their activities and responsibilities after 1910. It explains how the Scout movement was actually taken up within the Empire and the implications for those in London trying to respond to those initiatives. The chapter concludes with some suggestions as to the impact of those imperial concerns upon the individual adult and child involved in the movements.


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