The inspiration for the creation of the Boy Scouts, Robert…

The inspiration for the creation of the Boy Scouts, Robert Baden-Powell, was a complex character.  The upper class Englishman served in the
Second Boer War and India, where he learned a variety of practical outdoor skills.  Believing that scouting was a good way to instill patriotic values, practical knowledge, and self-control (sexually, in particular), we wrote several books on the subject.

He was an ardent anti-communist and responded favorably to fascism in it’s early days.  He only married once, at age 55, to a woman 32 years his junior.

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