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The first Troops

It is impossible to say with certainty which was the first Scout Troop to be formed.

Lord Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scout and Guide Movements, gave the first training in his methods of Scouting to the 5th Dragoon Guards in 1897. They were the first to wear the Scout Badge, based on the North point of the compass.

Two years later, at the Siege of Mafeking in 1899, a corps of boys was formed to help in the besieged town. It was through their examples that B-P was able to see that boys could accept and carry out efficiently any task providing they were given responsibility.

The first official Troops, though, did not start to emerge for another nine years.

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