The Maharashtra State Bharat Scouts & Guides
Scout movement in Maharashtra started at Khadki, Pune in year 1908. In 1909, English medium schools in Mumbai started Scout Guide Unite in their schools. Parasi Scout Society was established in Mumbai on 9th August 1914.
May 1919- Indian boy Scout Association was established in Mumbai. This was the time Scout movement expanded in Pan Maharashtra. After getting independen
Hindustan Scout association and Boy Scout association merged together to form Bharat Scout Guide on 7th Nov 1950.
Maharashtra State was formed in 1960. Maharashtra State Scout and Guides association was formed in 1950 and was registered in Charitable Commissioner in 1953. Office address of the State association was hammed Street, Mumbai till 1965. Then Maharashtra state awarded office for State association at 79 F road, Marin lines Mumbai. Now the State office is shifted to Dadar. Total 8 divisional offices, 41 district offices, 8 Local offices and 8 State training centers are under Maharashtra State Scouts and Guides Association.
In 1972 Maharashtra State government officially included Scout Guide subject in the academic year of students.
The Scout and Guide Movement
Scouting and Guiding is a Non-Religious, Non-Political, Non-Sectarian, secular and uniformed youth movement.
Birth of the Movement
The Founder of our Movement, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden Powell, was born in London, England on 22nd February, 1857. As a Captain of the Royal British Army, he was assigned the task of fighting the tribals in the jungles of South Africa in 1887.
To assess the movements of the opponents in the jungles, he had recruited local boys in the age groups of 14-25 to scout around and gather information about enemy movements as well as pass on messages to his own groups of soldiers.
After Baden Powell returned to England from this’ African assignment, his experience conceptualized into the “Boy Scout” movement in the year 1907. He thought if illiterate boys could work and move fast in gathering information and delivering messages during war times, why not train them to be better citizens and useful human beings of society in peacetimes.
He based his ideas upon the four pillers of Scouting / Guiding namely:
1. Character & intelligence
2. Handicraft & Skill
3. Health & Hygiene
Purpose of the Movement:
The purpose of the Movement is to contribute. to, the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of the local, national and international communities.