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Initially, Scouting was a movement intended for the benefit of British boys. In or around the year , a corresponding movement was started for girls and came to be known as the Guide Movement. The Scouts and Guides movement in India has an illustrious history. Some of the public figures actively associated with the movement including Mr. Vivian Bose, Dr.
Scouting came to India very fast. The three cantonment towns of Bangalore, Pune and Jabalpore, all claim the honour of having had the first trop in India by ! However in the begning only European and Anglo Indian Boys were given the scout training and Indian boys were denied the opportunity.
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Scouting and Guiding in India
Scouting was founded in India in as an overseas branch of the Scout Association and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in Guiding in India started in and was amongst the founder members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in , also covering present-day Bangladesh and Pakistan at that time. Prior to this date, Scouting was open only for British and foreign Scouts. In , a Cub section was started, followed by the Rover section in Together the two struggled for the admission of Indian boys into the Boy Scouts Association , which had not been admitted due to a Government of India order against it because "Scouting might train them to become revolutionaries".
In the year , Crystal palace Rally was held where Girls wearing the boy Scout uniform appeared and wanted to join the Scout Movement. Baker established the first Scout Troop in Bangalore and got it registered with imperial Headquarters, London. These units were open to European and Anglo Indian Children only. Annie Besant with the help of Shri G. Efforts were made for unification of different scout groups existing in India during the visit of Lord Baden Powell to India in and but failed. Our Patriotic sentiments of our Nationalist leaders did not approve the allegiance to the British Empire and instead it was insisted that allegiance loyalty to the Country should be part of the Scout Promise.