This week the Baden-Powell
Scout Association has been marking the 100th anniversary with an international jamboree involving 160 Scouts and 55 leaders - with one detachment coming all the way from Portugal.
The handbook, published in 1908, gave birth to the worldwide Scouting movement when boys organised themselves into groups and used Baden-Powell
's ideas as the basis for camps, treks and other activities.
Like the eponymous character in the 1904 play by James Barrie, Baden-Powell
in many ways never did grow up.
declared: "Scouts never grouse at hardships, nor whine at each other, nor grumble when put out, but go on whistling and smiling."
The papers show that Baden-Powell
even held a cordial meeting with a leader of the Hitler Youth, as British intelligence chiefs were investigating fears that the groups were using their UK cycling holidays as a cover for espionage.
And a century on, the South Wales-based granddaughter of Guides and Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell
has spoken of the family's continued pride in a movement that has gone from strength to strength.
Tory MP Ann Widdecombe was aghast the movement founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell
was getting involved.
The 1st Whittingham Baden-Powell
Scouts took first place in the Elder's Shield event at Heighington, near Darlington.
Morrissey has boosted a pounds 1million campaign to upgrade the club which was opened in 1904 by Scout Movement founder Robert Baden-Powell
Call my upbringing sheltered but I was surprised to discover that, after the Bible, The Koran and Mao's Little Red Book, the best-selling book of the 20th century is Baden-Powell
's Scouting for Boys.
ran his first camp for 20 boys at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, in August 1907.
ON THIS DAY 1916: General Sir Robert Baden-Powell
visited the trenches and described them as a place of "shellfire, slush and smiles".