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Ever wondered where Scouting came from? The Scout Association's archive has all the answers.

Rich heritage

The Scout Association's archive covers Scouting's fascinating history, from its beginnings as a small camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 to the worldwide movement of 31 million it is today.

The archive preserves and catalogues all kinds of unique artefacts, from books and documents to video, museum objects and fine art. The archive's catalogue includes Robert Baden-Powell's sketches and watercolours, footage of some of the first Scouts and Scouting documents from throughout the past century.

The veritable treasure trove aims to help members of the movement and the public access Scouting's rich heritage.

Be part of Scouting history

The Scout Association's archive offers a wide range of exciting volunteer opportunities. Projects include indexing records, cataloguing the archive and front of house roles relating to tours.

Some projects can be conducted remotely and travel expenses of up to £10 per day are available for those volunteering on site. Training will be provided and we particularly welcome those wishing to gain pre-course experience.

Contact the Heritage Team by email or visit the online archive


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