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59 Inspiring Quotes by Robert Baden-Powell

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Robert Baden-Powell

Lieutenant General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, ( BAY-dən POH-əl; 22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), was a British Army officer, writer, founder and first Chief Scout of the world-wide Scout Movement, and founder, with his sister Agnes, of the world-wide Girl Guide / Girl Scout Movement. Baden-Powell authored the first editions of the seminal work Scouting for Boys, which was an inspiration for the Scout Movement.

Educated at Charterhouse School, Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking. Several of his books, written for military reconnaissance and scout training in his African years, were also read by boys. In August 1907, he held a demonstration camp, the Brownsea Island Scout camp, which is now seen as the beginning of Scouting. Based on his earlier books, particularly Aids to Scouting, he wrote Scouting for Boys, published in 1908 by Sir Arthur Pearson, for boy readership. In 1910 Baden-Powell retired from the army and formed The Scout Association.

The first Scout Rally was held at The Crystal Palace in 1909. Girls in Scout uniform attended, telling Baden-Powell that they were the "Girl Scouts". In 1910, Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell started the Girl Guide and Girl Scout. In 1912 he married Olave St Clair Soames. He gave guidance to the Scout and Girl Guide movements until retiring in 1937. Baden-Powell lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941. His grave is a national monument.

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All Scouts should know about St. George. St. George is the Patron Saint of England; he is also the Patron Saint of cavalry in all countries, and therefore Patron Saint of Scouts.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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If you make yourself indispensable to your employer, he is not going to part with you in a hurry no matter what it costs him.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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A thing that many young fellows don't seem to realism at first is that success depends on oneself and not on a kindly fate, nor on the interest of powerful friends.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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It is risky to order a boy not to do something; it immediately opens to him the adventure of doing it.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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After forming a cadet corps of boys for assisting as noncombatants during a military campaign in 1900: We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.

--Robert Baden-Powell



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See things from the boy's point of view.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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It is the Patrol System that makes the Troop, and all Scouting for that matter, a real co-operative matter.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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A man carries out suggestions the more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Of course, animals have to be killed for food or to prevent their doing injury to others or to property. But such killing is too often carried out without regard to the pain inflicted.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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The secret of getting successful work out of your trained men lies in one nutshell--in the clearness of the instructions they receive.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I'll show you a poorly uniformed leader.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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Happiness is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor. Yet comparatively few people are happy. I believe the reason for this is that the majority don't recognize happiness even when it is within their grasp.

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The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Swimming has its educational value -- mental, moral, and physical -- in giving you a sense of mastery over an element, and of power of saving life, and in the development of wind and limb.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Almost any biography will have its useful suggestions for making life a success, but none better or more unfailing than the biography of Christ.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Yet one more item is needed to complete success, and that is the rendering of service to others in the community. Without this the mere satisfaction of selfish desire does not reach the top notch.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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To the man who reads 'Scouting for Boys' superficially, there is a disappointing lack of religion in the book. But to him who tries it in practice, the basic religion underlying it soon becomes apparent.

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In assisting his 'neighbour' every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty, and kindness perpetually before him, the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Development of outlook naturally begins with a respect for God... Reverence to God and reverence for one's neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God.

--Robert Baden-Powell



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A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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The study of Nature brings into a harmonious whole the questions of the Infinite, the Historic, and the Microscopic as part of the Great Creator's work.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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Personally, I like reading adventures which really have happened to people, because they show what kind of things might happen to oneself, and they teach one how to 'Be Prepared' to meet them.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Happiness is not mere pleasure, not the outcome of wealth. It is the result of active work rather than passive enjoyment of pleasure.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Apart from the fact that any hardy exercise conduces much to the training and formation of a soldier, pig-sticking tends to give a man what is called a 'stalker's eye,' but which, par excellence, is the soldier's eye.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Be Prepared.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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The best workers, like the happiest livers, look upon their work as a kind of game: the harder they play the more enjoyable it becomes.

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To get hold of your boys you must be their friend.

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An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.

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Softly, softly, catchee monkey," is the West African rendering of a very valuable precept. An awful lot of men fail through lack of patient persistence.

--Robert Baden-Powell



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Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.

--Robert Baden-Powell


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One of the finest statesmen of the present time is also a first-class scout, and that is Mr. Roosevelt, the late President of the United States of America.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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