The Bharat Scouts and Guides (Hindi: भारत स्काउट्स एवं गाइड्स) is the national Scouting and Guiding association of India.
Founded Scouting was founded in India in 1909 as an overseas branch of the Scout Association and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1938.
Location : - D.H.Q. Scouts and Guides, Katihar, India 854105
Company Overview : - Social Service/ Community Development Programme.
Description : - The Bharat Scouts and Guides (Hindi: भारत स्काउट्स एवं गाइड्स) is the national Scouting and Guiding association of India.
In the first years after India's independence leading politicians, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Mangal Das Pakvasa, as well as Scout leaders tried to unify India's Scouts and Guides. A first success was the merger of the The Boy Scouts Association in India and the Hindustan Scout Association forming the Bharat Scouts and Guides on November 7, 1950. About a year later, on August 15, 1951, the All India Girl Guides Association joined this new organisation In 1959, the 17th World Scout Conference in New Delhi was hosted by the BSG. The Sangam World Girl Guide/Girl Scout Center in Pune, Maharashtra, India, opened in 1966. The idea for this fourth world centre dates back to 1956 when it was developed during a WAGGGS International commissioners' meeting in New Delhi.
The United Nations selected the Bharat Scouts and Guides as honorary "Peace Messengers" for their significant and concrete contributions to the International Year of Peace in 1986.
The Genesis of Scouting and Guiding in the World
Scouting was founded in India in 1909 as an overseas branch of the Scout Association and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1938. Guiding in India started in 1911 and was amongst the founder members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1928, also covering present-day Bangladesh and Pakistan at that time. The BSG serves 2,423,686 Scouts (as of 2010) and 1,286,161 Guides (as of 2005).
The Boy Scouts Movement had a simple start in the year 1907 when a retired Army General Lord Baden Powell conducted an experimental camp in Brown sea Island in England with 20 boys. The successful conduct of the camp and publication of the Book “Scouting for Boys” in a fortnightly marked the start of the Boy Scout Movement. In the year 1910, Crystal palace Rally was held where Girls wearing the boy Scout uniform appeared and wanted to join the Scout Movement. Lord Baden Powell decided to start a movement for Girls with the help of his sister Agnes Baden Powell
Scouting In India
Scouting started in India in the year 1909, when Captain T.H.Baker established the first Scout Troop in Bangalore and got it registered with imperial Headquarters, London.subsequently, Scout Troops were formed in Kirkee (Pune), Simla, Madras, Jabalpur, Lonavla (Mumbai) and registered with the Imperial Headquarters during 1910 and 1911. These units were open to European and Anglo Indian Children only.
The first Guide Company in India was started in Jabalpur, Central India in 1911.
As the Scout Movement was not initially open to the Indian boys, Nationalist leaders of India decided to offer Scouting activities to Indian Boys and Sewa Samiti Scout Association was formed with Headquarters in Allahabad by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru and Pandit Sriram Bajpai. Dr.Annie Besant with the help of Shri G.S.Arundale started a seperate Scout Association for Indian Boys in Madras.
Efforts were made for unification of different scout groups existing in India during the visit of Lord Baden Powell to India in 1921 and 1937 but failed. Major reason for the failure in unification was the promise clause which included the word “Duty to King”. Our Patriotic sentiments of our Nationalist leaders did not approve the allegiance to the British Empire and instead it was insisted that allegiance loyalty to the Country should be part of the Scout Promise..
Scouting Guiding In independent India
After the independence of our country efforts were made for unification of the Scout and Guide Associations functioning in India. Serious efforts were made by our National leaders like Pt.Jawahar Lal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India, Mauland Abul Kalam Azad, the First education Minister of India,Shri Mangal Das Pakvasa, Governor of Central Province, and Scout leaders Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru, Pandit Sri Ram Bajpai, Justice Vivian Bose and others for the merger of the Scout / Guide Associations.
Dr.Tara chand, Education Secretary ,Government of India made significant contribution in finalizing the merger deed.
The Final merger took place on 7th November 1950 and the unified Organisation came into existence under the Name “The Bharat Scouts and Guides”. The Girl Guides Association formally joined the Bharat Scouts and Guides a little later on 15th August 1951.
Constitution and Headquarters
The Bharat Scouts and Guides is a Registered Society under Societies Registrations Act. It is totally voluntary, non-political and secular Organisation.
The National Headquarters of the Bharat Scouts functioned from Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi, till 1963.Thereafter, it shifted to its own building and is functioning from Lakshmi Mazumdar Bhawan , 16, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Indra Prasth Estate, New Delhi – 110002. The National Headquarters building was inaugurated in the year 1963 by the then Vice President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain.
Mission : - Purpose
Our Cub/Bulbul (Boys/Girls) of 5-10 year of age; Scout/Guide/Guides (Boys/Girls) 10-16 years of age and Rovers/rangers (Boys/Girls) 16-25 year of age train themselves within their Pack/Flock, Troop/companies and Crew/Teams under the leadership of their Junior leaders and supervision of trained Unit Leaders by completing required activities through our continuous, progressive/effective and creative activities. They get recognition at District, State and National Levels. We provide programmes based on recreation and fun/adventure experience in the out doors and an introduction to life skills to fulfill their desires and ambitions as per age to contribute their development individually and collectively. We organize the following programmes to develop them as A whole person responsible and useful for society & to ensure safe environment for youth: -
1. Cleanliness & Sanitation to improve the environment.
2. Plantation to maintain the greenery.
3. Campaign against harmful customs & traditions prevailing in the Society i.e. Dowry, untouchability, customs etc.
4. Awareness against Drugs and narcotics.
5. Campaign for National Integration.
6. Campaign for saving drinking water.
Awards : -
Governor's Award, PRIME MINISTER SHIELD, & President's Award.
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*The word "Dharma" may be substituted for the word "God" if so desired.*