History of Scounting and the Museum
Scouting is the largest youth movement of our time. It celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2007. It was founded by the Englishman Baden Powell (nicknamed Bipi) with the aim to provide meaningful recreation to children and youth. In the foreground are practical knowledge of nature, living outdoors, games and sports, adventure and an annual camp. Additionally, young people assume responsibility more and more. They take decisions in their group and commit to their comrades and fellow human beings. Mutual respect and tolerance often lead to lifelong friendships.
Today the scout organisation counts some 38 million members worldwide. They are united not only by joint activities, but also by external features: wearing the scout shirt with the
acquired insignia and the scarf of their group or their country.
Why a Scout Museum?
During the 100 years of scouting history, a lot of material has been gathered, mainly from the jamborees, world-moots, federal camps and other big occasions. Through a donation from Walter Grob, we received valuable documents dating from the beginnings of the Scout Movement. They are now in a museum to be seen by the current scouts and the coming generations.
Why a Scout Museum in Kandersteg?
In 1923, the idea of the founder Baden Powell became reality in Kandersteg: a permanent meeting place for scouts from all over the world, a "mini-jamboree". Annually, over 10,000 Scouts from around the world visit Kandersteg. Since 1990 together with the local museum of Kandersteg we have created the scout museum.