The book Scouting for Boys was among the first books about scouting that I acquired. Written by Robert Baden-Powell in the year 1908, it is said to be second only to the Bible, as the most influential book for youth ever published! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in scouting. It is, in my opinion, one of the best manuals for woodsmanship, pioneering, camp craft, health, and scouting in general.
Here is a quote from the forward of Scouting for Boys:
“By means of this book I hope that anyone, even without previous knowledge of scouting, may be able to teach it to boys, in town just as well as in the country.”
This quote adds to my point that you can be a scout wherever you are, whether in the city, the suburbs, or the countryside.
Scouting for Boys is full of stories, games and activities, tips on woodcraft and health, and so much more.
For example, one section of the book focuses on chivalry. It has a few games to play, and titles of books to read on that subject. There are even plays that a group of people can act out! Here is one of the games mentioned:
“Knight Errantry: Scouts go out singly or in pairs or groups. If in town, to find women and children in want of help, and to report, on their honor what they have done to help. If in the country, call at farms or cottages and ask to do odd jobs for nothing in return. The same game can be made into a race called a ‘Good Turn’ race.”
I highly recommend this book to you, and would rate it 5 out of 5 stars!