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WHEN Lord Robert Baden-Powell suggested his young Scouts "be prepared", it was assumed he merely wanted the lads joining his youth movement to keep alert and ready for any of life's eventualities.
SCOUT troops are booming in Scotland with those in the north growing faster than any other part of the UK.
The future of the Scout movement is being threatened because of "enormous" rent increases by councils trying to raise revenue in the face of government spending cuts, it has warned.
A SCOUT leader is set to take part in a "bushtucker trial" when he travels to help the inhabitants of a remote village in Ghana.
JESSIE RITCHIE was a wee mite of six, living in a tenement in Glasgow's east end. When her mum abandoned the family, her father bundled Jessie, Joan (one year older), and their baby sister into a handcart, flitting from one relation to the next trying to find them homes.
CLAD in khaki, they first kindled fire and camped under canvas more than 100 years ago. The Scouts, inspired by the young messengers of the Siege of Mafeking, during the Boer War, have triumphed in a more recent battle of attrition against once- falling numbers and a public perception of irrelevancy.
IT'S a century-old organisation that has taught generations of Scots survival skills such as camping outdoors, building fires and tying knots.
ANNE Mackintosh can still vividly recall the moment she unzipped her tent in the middle of a field one morning to discover that the campsite had been turned upside down. The culprits stood just metres away, munching on a patch of grass.
FOR 25 years, it has been used by tens of thousands of people to deliver Christmas cards around Edinburgh and raise much- needed charity funds at the same time.
IT HAS been the quintessential boys' club throughout much of its history, founded with the book Scouting for Boys and teaching vital practical skills so youngsters can grow up to be "always prepared" young men.
A SCOUT troop will celebrate its centenary with a special event at the Grosvenor Hilton tomorrow.
WHEN Lord Robert Baden– Powell launched the Scout Association in the early 20th century, boys proved their worth by earning badges in knot-tying and campfire building.
SCOUTS have sorted and delivered more than 350,000 Christmas cards in Edinburgh, after they were loaned a South Gyle warehouse.
SCOUTS and Guides from the Capital joined the first "Scottish Gang Show" to celebrate the movement's 100th anniversary.
HUNDREDS of scouts were taking part in a giant exercise class today as the 100-day countdown to Glasgow's Commonwealth Games bid announcement begins.
SCOUTS in Edinburgh will join those from groups across the globe to renew their Scout Promise next month.
A GIRL Guides leader is to represent Scotland at an international camp.
POLICE are investigating the disappearance of a woman believed to be a distant relative of Scout founder Lord Baden-Powell.