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Robert Baden-Powell

Founder of Scouts Robert Baden-Powell

Profession: Founder of Scouts

United Kingdom

Biography: Baden-Powell was a British general who became a national hero during the Boer War (1899-1900), during which time he wrote "Aids to Scouting". This military textbook served as inspiration for the modern Scouting movement, which Baden-Powell founded in 1908.

This movement quickly proliferated, and its popularity led to the establishment of Girl Guides, a parallel organization for girls in 1910.

Born: February 22, 1857
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: January 8, 1941 (aged 83)
Cause of Death: Natural causes

Married Life

  • 1912-10-30 Scouting Founder Robert Baden Powell (55) marries Olave St Clair Soames (23) at St Peter's Church in Parkstone, England

Historical Events

  • 1907-07-29 Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England
  • 1908-01-24 Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell publishes "Scouting for Boys" as a manual for self-instruction in outdoor skills and self-improvement. The book becomes the inspiration for the Scout Movement.

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