40 Robert Baden-Powell Inspiring Quotes

Lord Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was a British general and a founder of the modern Scouting movement.

Robert Baden-Powell Quotes

“We must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a ‘what can I give’ attitude.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The secret of sound education is to get each pupil to learn for himself, instead of instructing him by driving knowledge into him on a stereotyped system.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Camp is what the boy looks forward to in Scouting.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The object of the patrol method is not so much having the Scoutmaster trouble as to give the responsibility to the boy.” — Robert Baden-Powell

Manipulation Quotes and Sayings

“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Boys can see the adventure in a dirty old duck puddle, and if the Scoutmaster is a boys’ man he can see it too.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“A fisherman does not bait his hook with food he likes. He uses food the fish likes. So with boys.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Scoutmasters deal with the individual boy rather than with the mass.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“When you want a thing done, ‘Don’t do it yourself’ is a good motto for Scoutmasters.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Scouting is a man’s job cut down to a boy’s size.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“One of the first duties of a Scout is obedience to authority. He must obey his orders in the first place and put his own amusement or desires in the second.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“One of the finest statesmen of the present time is also a first-class scout, and that is Mr. Roosevelt, the late President of the United States of America.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Where is there a boy to whom the call of the wild and the open road does not appeal?” — Robert Baden-Powell

“A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“There is no teaching to compare with example.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The open-air is the real objective of Scouting and the key to its success.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster’s own personal example.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“A boy is naturally full of humor.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“A boy is not a sitting-down animal.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“Happiness is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor. Yet comparatively few people are happy. I believe the reason for this is that the majority don’t recognize happiness even when it is within their grasp.” — Robert Baden-Powell

Beautiful Inspiring Meaningful Quotes

“The most successful detectives owe their success to noticing small signs. Scouts are natural detectives and never let the smallest detail escape them. These small things are called by Scouts ‘Sign.'” — Robert Baden-Powell

“In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. Our Scout law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take away all occasion for wars and strife among nations.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“I have over and over again explained that the purpose of the Boy Scout and Girl Guide Movement is to build men and women as citizens endowed with the three H’s namely, Health, Happiness and Helpfulness. The man or woman who succeeds in developing these three attributes has secured the main steps to success this Life.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“The man who is blind to the beauties of nature has missed half the pleasure of life.” — Robert Baden-Powell

“We are not a club or a Sunday school class, but a school of the woods.” — Robert Baden-Powell