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One hundred and still going strong
Rebecca Smith
Rebecca Smith
for The Politics Show East

Rebecca Smith
Scouting teaches young children all the way through to adulthood how to play a constructive part in society
Rebecca Smith

In today's "electronics" world, it may seem that there is no room for adventure of the derring-do type. But a 100-year-old movement can still inspire millions around the world - it is Scouting. We see this unique world through the eyes of one young Scout...

I am Rebecca Smith. I am 14-years-old and have been in Scouting for four and a half years, but it seems a lot longer!!

At the moment I go to the 12th Kings Lynn troop, but am also moving onto the Penguin Explorers.

Being a Girl Scout is certainly not that much different from being a boy Scout.

We still are expected to cut the wood for fires, erect tents or have mud fights.

Both boys and girls pitch in to help one another.

Lord Robert Baden Powell
The father of it all...

The most exciting thing I have probably done is visit 11 and 10 Downing Street, where I spent the whole day meeting politicians and the World Scout, Peter Duncan, which was brilliant.

The troop, representing Norfolk at the World Jamboree this year, spent five days in Luxemburg at Easter.

We visited Luxembourg City, climbed hills, went on chair lifts and brought lots of Belgium chocolate.

It was also a great opportunity to get to know everyone else in our troop a lot better!

I have my younger brother and sister both in the same Scout troop as myself, which is great fun.

Lasting values

And we're always partial to a fun time wherever we are...

Our founder, Baden-Powell, would still recognise the Scout uniform with our neckers and woggles, but we now have trousers to replace the socks and shorts and no, we don't have to wear a beret anymore!

The uniform is practical, no matter where you go, it gives young people a sense of well-being and identity, it is a movement can be recognised wherever we go.

There are big issues with children these days, with behaviour "on the streets" from having nothing to do.

Scouting teaches young children all the way through to adulthood how to play a constructive part in society.

Group of Scouts at a Jamboree
Jamborees are a time of bonding for Scouts from around the world

It teaches you how to be a leader of young children, how to perform and show off your best qualities.

Simply, it is how to "be your best."

Every camp and activity I have come back from has introduced me to different experiences.

Whether this means that I have become more confident, learnt a new knot or simply made a new friend, every camp is different and every camp holds a new surprise.


Scouting - what a movement.

Two Scouts
It's always great to meet up with old Scouting friends

It covers 216 countries and until you are a Scout, it is hard to understand just what it means to be part of that.

Without realising it, 8,000 10-14-year-olds are all connected in Norfolk by this one movement.

Adventure, fun and friendship are sure to be enjoyed and made the most of in Scouting, no matter which country you are in.

Sir Robert Baden-Powell could have had no idea that from one camp on Brownsea Island, the past 100 years would have such a massive impact on young people throughout the world, that it is still recognised and growing today.

Backwoodsman skills

Signs of the world at Brownsea Island
Commemorative signs to the world of Scouting on Brownsea

Scouting still includes all the basic skills, thought necessary by Baden-Powell, although it's been brought into the 21st Century.

Scouts now abseil down churches, scuba dive in oceans and work in the community.

The activities on offer are wide and diverse and give a positive alternative to the younger generation.

It is a great way for our younger generation to be given new challenges, experiences and responsibility in the community, and to be involved with a fantastic movement that will really get you moving.

Whatever your colour, creed or religion, scouting is for everyone.

And as our founder Baden Powell said: "Be prepared to live happy and die happy. Stick to your scout promise, even after you have ceased to be a boy, and God help you to do it."


Brownsea Island camp
The birthplace of a worldwide movement

The UK's Scout Association says:"2007 is scouting's centenary - a year of adventure, international friendship and an opportunity to change the world for good.

Scouting started in 1907, with an experimental camp on Brownsea Island in the UK for 20 boys from a wide variety of social backgrounds.

Today, Scouting is a million times bigger than when it first started.

It involves girls and boys, men and women from every race, religion and culture, and nearly every country in the world.

In 2007, Scouting celebrates its worldwide Centenary.

This is an opportunity to promote the values, benefits and achievements of Scouting to the world, and also for the millions of Scouts around the world to make a real difference to the lives of others through their Centenary activities.

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