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The Scouting Portal

Introduction

Welcome to the portal about Scouting and Guiding!
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Scouting and Guiding is a worldwide youth movement composed of many organizations. Its aim is to develop young people physically, spiritually and mentally so that youth may take a constructive place in society. This is achieved through non-formal education with emphasis on practical activities in the outdoors, the so called Scout method. The Scout Movement was founded in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, a retired Lieutenant General in the British Army. He was also at that time a good friend of William Alexander Smith, Founder of the Boys' Brigade. Currently Scouting and Guiding have over 38 million members in 217 countries and territories represented through several different Scouting associations at the international level.

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Alpha Phi Omega (ΑΦΩ) (commonly known as APO) is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses, an active membership of approximately 17,000 students, and over 350,000 alumni members. There are also 250 chapters in the Philippines and one in Australia. Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service fraternity organized to provide community service, leadership development, and social opportunities for college students. The purpose of the fraternity is "to assemble college students in a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship, and to provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage." Unlike many other fraternities, APO's primary focus is to provide volunteer service within four areas: service to the community, service to the campus, service to the fraternity, and service to the nation as participating citizens. Being primarily a service organization, the fraternity restricts its chapters from maintaining fraternity houses to serve as residences for their members.

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Baden Powell statue
Baden Powell statue, South Kensington, Westminster, London.

Current collaboration

Current Scouting Collaboration
Current article Walter Scott, Jr.
Prior article Girl Scout Senior Roundup
Next article chosen TBA
Date of next change December 01, 2010

Did you know...

...that Alpha Phi Omega is a Scouting fraternity and started as male-only and later became co-ed?

Selected anniversaries - July

4th

  • 1911 – The Boy Scouts of America receives the design patent for the First Class badge that symbolizes Scouting in the USA.

6th

  • 1950 – Second National Jamboree ends. (began June 30th)

9th

  • 1937 – First National Jamboree ends. (began June 30th)

25th

29th

30th

  • 1920 – First World Scout Jamboree begins in Olympia, London, England (ended Aug 7th).

31st

WikiProjects

Scouting lists

Scouting news

  • July 6, 2014: The 35th World Conference of WAGGGS welcomes the Myanmar Girl Guides as an associate member of WAGGGS. Armenia, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Guinea and Mongolia become full members; Uruguay lost its membership. Full story
  • September 7, 2013: Trail Life USA is organized as a Christian organization in response to the Boy Scouts of America's new membership standards that admit homosexual youth.Full Story

Selected biography

James P. Fitch worked for the Boy Scouts of America during its first decade to travel with Chautauqua circuits and set up Scout troops. He then served as a regional BSA director until 1945. He then served as general manager of Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. He was the Southern Methodist University advisor for the Alpha Omicron chapter of Alpha Phi Omega a Greek Letter Scouting fraternity.

Categories

Scouting by region