This the Scouting Northland website. Scouting is a worldwide movement with over 32 million members in 160 countries. The main focus is the development of young people so that they may reach their full potential and take a constructive part in Society. There is a philosophy of learning by doing with an emphasis on outdoor activities such as tramping, skiing, and kayaking. Scouts are encouraged to work in teams, take considered risks and think for themselves.
Scouting was founded in England by Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell, a British Army officer with service in India and the Boer Wars. Known by Scouts simply as as "BP", his first experimental camp was held on Brownsea Island in 1907 with 22 boys from all walks of life. The "Scouting for Boys" handbook was published soon after. This provided a blueprint for groups to set themselves up all over England and eventually the world. The first New Zealand group started in 1908.
Over one hundred years later Bear Grylls is the Chief Scout in the United Kingdom and the movement continues to thrive. Many things have evolved and changed but the core values and aims of Scouting remain as relevant today as they have always been. We warmly invite you to join us.