A — 2: and girls in blue uniforms
B — 1: who are more interested in the past
C — 5: went on camping expeditions
D — 4: was not particularly unusual as
E — 6: interact with other people
F — 7: had become a popular activity
Scouting moves ahead
The Scout Movement, which is also known as the Boy Scouts has changed massively in more than 100 years, though many people do not realise this.
For many people in Britain the word “scouting” evokes images of boys in short trousers __and girls in blue uniforms__. Many people imagine that the Scout Association and its female counterpart the Guides Association are old-fashioned. They think these associations are for people __who are more interested in the past__ than the future, people who just like camping in the rain and washing in cold water.
It’s quite easy to understand why Scouts and Guides have this sort of image. The “Boy Scouts” were founded over 100 years ago by Robert Baden-Powell, a retired English army general; the “Girl Guides” followed three years later. They were organised in an almost military manner. Young people had to learn discipline and how to do things as a group. They __went on camping expeditions__ in difficult conditions, learnt to make campfires and, yes, they certainly had to get used to washing in cold water. In those days though, that __was not particularly unusual as__ many people washed in cold water.
Nevertheless, even at the start, there was much more to scouting than that. Scouts and Guides also learned the value of solidarity. Right from the start, they had to cope with difficult situations, __interact with other people__, and play a useful part in society. Baden-Powell’s organisations were inclusive, and never exclusive; any young person could become a Scout or a Guide, regardless of race, background or religion.
Though the Scout and Guide movements began in England, they soon spread to other countries, and within 50 years, scouting __had become a popular activity__ with young people all over the world.