Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) 1899 - "Aids to Scouting" Typical Page
1908 - "Scouting for Boys" Original Cover Page, First Installment Typical Page, Fortnightly
"Scouting for Boys" Hardbound Typical Page, Hardbound BP, Chief Scout of the World

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Bt, OM, GCMG, GCVO, KCB (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), also known as B.-P., B-P or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement. Before founding the Scouting movement, Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was best known for his military exploits. In 1899, Colonel Baden-Powell and about 1,500 British soldiers and 40 young cadets came up against 7,500 Boers at the town of Mafeking, South Africa. They held fast under seige for 217 days until reinforcements arrived. All of England proclaimed him "The Hero of Mafeking" and he soon became world renowned. This fame would later help propel the fledgling Scouting movement. The proofs of Baden-Powell's military handbook, Aids To Scouting For NCOs And Men, was smuggled out of Mafeking and published in England in 1899. When Major-General Baden-Powell returned to England at the end of the war, he was surprised to find that his handbook was being used in clubs and schools to train boys. Influenced by the ideas of Ernest Thompson Seton and Daniel Carter Beard, Baden-Powell dropped the military aspects and rewrote his book. The result was "Scouting for Boys", originally published in 1908 fortnightly installments.

Quote (Aids to Scouting): Reconnaisance is not carried out by large masses, but by means of small parties, and even individual men specially adapted for the work. These are the scouts. Scouts can go unseen where parties would attract attention. One pair of trained eyes is as good as a dozen pairs untrained. Scouts have the most important duties that can fall to individual men in war time, and they have the best chances of distinguishing themselves in the field.

Quote (Scouting for Boys): Scouting is useful in any kind of life you like to take up. A famous scientist has said that it is valuable for a man who goes in for science. And a noted physician pointed out how necessary it is for a doctor or surgeon to notice small signs as a Scout does, and know their meaning. So I'm going to show you how to learn scoutcraft for yourself, and how you can put it into practice at home. It is very easy to learn and very interesting when you get into it. You can best learn by joining the Boy Scouts.

Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) 1906 - "The Birch Bark Roll" Typical Page

Ernest Thompson Seton (August 14, 1860 – October 23, 1946) was a Scots-Canadian (and naturalized U.S. citizen) who became a noted author, wildlife artist, founder of the Woodcraft Indians, and one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America. Seton also influenced Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. His notable books related to Scouting include The Birch Bark Roll and Original Edition of The Boy Scout Handbook. He is responsible for the appropriation and incorporation of what he believed to be American Indian elements into the traditions of the BSA. Seton served as the first "Chief Scout", a position later called "Chief Scout Executive".

Quote: To organize a band, first get the young people together, any number from ten up — fifteen to fifty are best for a beginning — and with them at least one experienced grown-up person, who will act as Medicine-man in the Council, and as teacher when needed.

Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) 1909 - "The Boy Pioneers" Typical Page

Daniel Carter "Uncle Dan" Beard (June 21, 1850 – June 11, 1941) was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America. Dan Beard served as the first National Commissioner and designed the Scout Seal we know today with the eagle with a flag shield on his chest, spread across a trefoil.

Quote: There, boys! We're through with that Foreword or Preface and are ready to have a good time. I would ask you to excuse me for placing a Foreword in the book at all if I thought you had to read it, but I know boys mostly skip such things, and I remember that, as a lad, I myself never read the preface to a book.

Fathers of the BSA Together: Seton (L), Baden-Powell (M), Beard (R) 1910 - Pre-Handbook Pamphlet