General Robert Baden-Powell

Founder of the International Scouting Movement

R. Baden-Powell with scouts
In the center General Robert Baden-Powell during Imperial Jamboree in Olympia, London 1924. Credit: Getty Images.


Born in Paddington, London, England
Joined the British army and appointed as Sub-lieutenant for the 13th Hussars in Lucknow, India, and specialised in scouting, map-making and reconnaissance
Declared a hero for successfully defending the Mafeking Town during the Boer War and was promoted to Major-General by Queen Victoria
Held a seven-day experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island, Dorset, England
Retired from the British army as Lieutenant General and focused on the Scout Movement
Married Olave St Clair Soames and subsequently had three children – Arthur, Heather and Betty
Started Gilwell Park Training Centre for Scout Leaders in London, England
Acclaimed Chief Scout of the World at the 1st World Scout Jamboree in London, England
Opened the International Scout Chalet in Kandersteg, Switzerland (now known as the Kandersteg International Scout Centre)
Made Lord Baden-Powell, 1st Baron of Gilwell, by King George V
Built and lived at his home, Paxtu cottage, in Nyeri, Kenya
Baden-Powell died on 8 January 1941 and is buried at St. Peter's Cemetery in Nyeri, Kenya.


If you have time, you should read more about this incredible human being on
Scout Movement official site.