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2018-19

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BHARAT SCOUTS AND GUIDES

 

The Scout Guide Movement is basically the Youth Movement. The programmes have, therefore, been designed with amendments for the all round development of the personality of the youth up to the age of twenty five. This was also the dream and foresight of Lord Baden Powell, the founding father of the Movement.

          The Bharat Scouts and Guides is the national Scouting and Guiding association of India. The national headquarters of BSG is recognized by the Government of India.

Scouting was founded in India in 1909 as an overseas branch of the Scout Association and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1938. Guiding in India started in 1911.

In the first years after India's independence leading politicians, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Mangal DasPakvasa, as well as Scout leaders tried to unify India's Scouts and Guides. A first success was the merger of the Boy Scouts Association in India and the Hindustan Scout Association forming the Bharat Scouts and Guides on 7 November 1950. About a year later, on 15 August 1951, the All India Girl Guides Association joined this new organization.

The association is divided in four (respective three) sections according to age:

Bharat Scouts

·         Bunnies - ages 3 to 5

·         Cubs - boys, ages 5 to 10

·         Scouts - boys, ages 10 to 17

·         Rovers - boys, ages 15 to 25

Bharat Guides

·         Bulbuls - girls, ages 5 to 10

·         Guides - girls, ages 10 to 17

·         Rangers - girls, ages 15 to 25

Additionally, there are four special branches:

·         Extension Scouting

·         Sea Scouting

·         Air Scouting

·         Venture Club Scheme

Awards

The highest awards are

·         for the Cubs/Bulbuls section the "Golden Arrow Award"

·         for the Scout/Guide section the Rashtrapati Scout/Guide Award

·         for the Rover/Ranger section the Rashtrapati Rover/Ranger Award

 

 

Scout/Guide Motto

·         Cubs/Bulbuls - Koshish Karo (Do your Best)

·         Scouts/Guides - Taiyar (Be Prepared)

·         Rovers/Rangers - Seva (Service)

Scout/Guide Promise

"On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty, to God
[a], and my country,
To help other people and
To obey the Scout/Guide Law."

Scout and Guide Law

1.    A Scout/Guide is trustworthy

2.   A Scout/Guide is loyal

3.   A Scout/Guide is a friend to all and a brother/sister to every other Scout/Guide.

4.   A Scout/Guide is courteous

5.   A Scout/Guide is a friend to animals and loves nature.

6.   A Scout/Guide is disciplined and helps to protect public property.

7.   A Scout/Guide is courageous.

8.   A Scout/Guide is thrifty.

9.   A Scout/Guide is pure in thought, word and deed.