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The Scout Association
Based at Gilwell Park, near Chingford, north London, the Scout Association archive contains over 100,000 images, though much still has to be catalogued and digitised. The collection contains a real mix of material with photographs of international scouting associations throughout the 20th century and oil paintings by Edwardian artist Ernest Stafford Carlos, who died in World War One, rubbing shoulders with watercolours by Baden-Powell himself, and members of his family. The Scouting movement was founded by Robert Baden-Powell, a Lieutenant General in the British Army, in August 1907 when he organised an experimental scouting camp at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, southern England. Baden-Powell was keen to try out ideas from his book, 'Scouting for Boys' published in 1908, which was based on his earlier military books on reconnaissance and survival formulated in South Africa during postings there. Scouting for Boys went on to become the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century, and the Scouting movement rapidly went from strength to strength establishing itself throughout the British Empire and beyond. A parallel organisation for girls, the Girl Guides, was introduced in 1910. A century on and Scouting and Guiding together have a worldwide membership of 41 million.