Scouting For Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship Paperback – 27 Dec 2001
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'very good fun' (Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph)
'Elleke Boehmer's erudite introduction makes you wish she would get around to writing a full-length biogaphy of the first Chief Scout' (William Cook, New Statesman)
'a gem of a contemporary source' (Living History)
'the value of Elleke Boehmer's well-annotated text of the original edition is to show us the anxieties, contradictions and excitements of the Boy Scout movement at its inception' (Alan Hollinghurst, Guardian)
'a gripping read' (The Oldie)
About the Author
Elleke Boehmer is Hildred Carlile Professor in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of many books and articles on postcolonial writing and theory. She has also written short stories and three novels, most recently Bloodlines.
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Now, as might be expected from its roots, this book reflects a lot of the biases and ways of thinking from Edwardian England. But, leaving that aside, this is a fun and interesting book that shows clearly the forms that have stayed with the Boy Scouts movement to this very day. The introduction was written by Elleke Boehmer, a professor of Colonial and Postcolonial literature, and is a fairly predictable deconstruction/analysis of B-P and his movement.
Now, as a newcomer to Scouting (my son is a Tenderfoot) did I find anything useful in this book? I sure did. Robert Baden-Powell was very knowledgeable about the subject, and this book sure shows it. (I never thought of tying my shoes like that!) Of course some of the information is out of date, especially the first-aid information, so it isn't really usable by the boys "as is." But, this is a nice resource, one that shows you where Scouting started.
Oh, and I must say that I actually enjoyed the somewhat jumbled organization of this book. It isn't as scholarly and antiseptic as modern Boy Scout books, and the stories and tales laced throughout make the reading much more fun. Plus, I did find the focus on some subjects, such as logic and deductive reasoning, to be quite interesting. I loved this book, and highly recommend it to you!
Its parochial, jingoistic, self centred and too focussed on 'self abuse' ..
It has some pretty good stuff! Its ridiculously egalitarian considering when it was written, and respectful of all independent of wealth, race, creed, etc. All in all, kids should read this.
I finished this book with an odd feeling of pride in being British. The values promoted in this book are my values, despite never having been a scout myself.
God save the Queen!
I spent most of the Fifties, as a Cub to a Senior Scout, enjoying freedoms and adventures that youngsters today cannot even dream of. I have always regretted that I was unable to put back a little of what I was given.
If the world is going to hell in a handbasket, perhaps these values will have meaning again.
As a scout in the late 50's it brings it all back and reminds me of what a bunch of softies todays youth (and ourselves) have become.
There are some great politically incorrect comments in it but also really correct observations regarding smoking (although they did not know why) , the need for fitness and he avoidance of obesity and lazyness.
Ideal book to pick up and put down after short periods. I keep mine in the toilet!!
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Fantastic book, important historical document. - Fast delivery.Published 2 months ago by Ib Askholm
Having been a scout in my younger days I loved reading this book, brought back some good memoriesPublished 4 months ago by TomP
Had to get this book as part of a research project, and the information for my purposes was very good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John