What Is Scouting ?
In our opinion Scouting is not only a physical exercise but it is a way to uplift the soul of a human being to reach God. It is a play way method of building a person to a perfect human being from the childhood to the time of going home of god. Once a Scout he is always a Scout.
Origin of Scouting & Guiding
Originally Scout word is taken from Military. Military of every Country has Scout wing. A retired top British Military officer named Sir Robert Stephenson Smyth Lord Baden Powell won famous boer war of South Africa with the assistance of boys of Military person in 1900. He wrote a book named “ Aid’s to Scouting”. It was very much liked by Youth Associations in England. After the war in 1907 he wrote a very famous book “Scouting for Boys”. It caused the origin of Scouting in the World. After retirement he held an experimental, but successful training camp in Brownsea Island in England, from 29-07-1907 to 09-10-1907 with 22 boys. It was the beginning of Scouting for Boys.
For girls scouting began in 1910 under the Leadership of Lord Baden Powell’s unmarried sister Agnes Baden Powell with name of “Girl Scouting”. Lord Baden Powell got married with Miss Olave in 1912, She took charge of Girl Scouting and change its name to “Girl Guiding”. Even to say both names are running. The World Organisation is called as “World Boy Scouts & Girl Guides Associations”
Scouting in India
Scouting came in India under the banner “Boys Scouts of India” in 1909 and “Girl Guiding” in 1913 .But they were meant only for European and Anglo Indian boys and girls.
The doors of these organizations were never opened for Indian boys and girls. There was resentment in India for it and in 1921, when World Chief Scout -Lord Baden Powell came to India, under the Leadership of Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, a well known Leader of India, he was approved and requested to open the doors for Indian boys and girls but he refused it brutally. It was published in newspapers all around the World it was disclosed and due to great resentment in India, new Scout troops were being opened through out of India. Till 1928 about 9 new troops were working in the field. Even Dr. Anniebasent, an English Lady working with Mahatma Gandhi opened a Girl troop in Madras.
In 1928, Pt Madan Mohan Malviya requested all Indian groups to come under one Banner. They agreed and new National Association named “ HINDUSTAN SCOUTS ASSOCIATION” , came in existence and Pt Shri Ram Bajpai, who run “Sewa Smiti Scouts Group and prepared Indian literature for the same, were appointed as the 1st National Organizing Commissioner of Hindustan Scout Association, under the Leadership of Sewa Shri Pt Madan Mohan Malviya and Pt. Hridya Nath Kunjroo, Vivian Bose, G.S. Arundale, Mohan Singh Mehta and several other prominent figures of India.
An Extra Ordinary Incident
1938 Lord Baden Powell, World Chief Scout again came to India and there was a grand Rally at Allahabad organized by Boy Scouts of India. Pt. Shri Ram Bajpai also attended it with a group of Hindustan Scouts Association in uniform. When Lord Baden Powell, the Chief Guest, tried to hoist the flag, it was not opened. When English Scouts & Scouters failed to make it unfurled, Pt Shri Ram Bajpai asked his Scout to climb the pole to make it ready to be unfurled. The Hindustani Scout climbed the pole but suddenly as he reached the upper part of the pole, the pole was broken and the Scout fell down with the broken piece. He again climbed the pole with broken piece of the pole and his Scout rope. He lashed it and fixed the piece of the pole with his Scout rope. He made the flag fit to be unfurled. He got down and saluted Pt. Shri Ram Bajpai. Pt. Shri Ram Bajpai requested Lord Baden Powell to unfurl the flag . Lord Baden Powell hoisted the flag and praised the Indian Scout for his great attempt. In his speech he withdrew his words spoken in 1921 for Indians and requested Viceroy of India to recognize Hindustan Scout Association at National level with Government Grant- In-Aid. He also asked the Viceroy to depute Pt. Shri Ram Bajpai to attend the Wood Badge Training Camp at Gillwill Park (England) with Govt. financial help.