India, SG 557 27th December, 1967 Diamond Jubilee (60th year) of the Scout Movement Bugle, Badge and Scout Salute
Started by Lt. Gen. Baden Powell in 1907 in England, the Boy Scout Movement in India was first established in erstwhile Bangalore (now Bengaluru), in 1909. The Guides followed in 1911 in Jabalpur.
As these units were open only to European and Anglo-Indian children, several different Scout organisations were formed across India by leaders of the Freedom Movement for Indian children. Gen. (now Lord) Powell tried to unify these organisations on his visits to India in 1921 and 1937, but was unsuccessful. One of the major sticking points was the promise clause which included the words “Duty to King”; these were not acceptable to the Indian leaders.
The final unification occurred 3 years post independence on 7th November, 1950 under the name Bharat Scouts and Guides (BSG). According to the latest figures, it has close to 5.7 million members.
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