On 1 August 1907 20 boys pitched their tents on Brownsea Island, little realizing how important and far-reaching their week would be. Lord Baden-Powell’s experimental camp, based on scouting skills learnt in the army during the Boer War, set the foundation of the Scouting and Guiding movements today. Scouts and Guides still visit from all over the world to camp on the site where it all began.
“1 – 9 August 1907 Baden-Powell’s experimental camp daily routine. Dawn – Baden-Powell awakens the campers with his kudu horn. 6.00 – Cocoa and a biscuit. Practical instruction on the subject of the day. Physical drill, prayers and tent tidying. 8.00 – Breakfast. 9.00 – 12.00 – Scouting exercises in the subject of the day in four patrols: Wolves, Bulls, Curlews and Ravens. 12.30 – 1.00 – Lunch. 1.00 – 2.15 – Rest, no talking allowed. 2.30 – 4.30 – Scouting exercises in the subject of the day. 5.00 – Tea and camp games. 8.00 – Supper, camp fire yarns (stories from B-P’s experiences) and prayers. 9.00 – Bed“
110 years later, 115 Cubs and Leaders across Eastleigh District visited the island and renewed their promise. They traveled on the ferry to the island end enjoyed various activities, visited the campsite and ate ice cream before returning on the ferry.