"Be Prepared!" (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering and Boys’ Roles in World War I

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/621132
Title:
"Be Prepared!" (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering and Boys’ Roles in World War I
Authors:
Andrew, Lucy
Abstract:
This article examines the shifting representation of the ideal of masculinity and boys’ role in securing the future of the British Empire in Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scout movement from its inauguration in 1908 to the early years of the First World War. In particular, it focuses on early Scout literature’s response to anxieties about physical deterioration, exacerbated by the 1904 Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Physical Deterioration. In Baden-Powell’s Scouting handbook, Scouting for Boys (1908), and in early editions of The Scout – the official magazine of the Scout movement – there was a strong emphasis on an idealised image of the male body which, implicitly, prepared Boy Scouts for their future role as soldiers. The reality of war, however, forced Scouting literature to acknowledge the restrictions placed upon boys in wartime and to redefine the parameters of boys’ heroic role in defense of the Empire accordingly.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Andrew, Lucy, '"Be Prepared!" (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering and Boys’ Roles in World War I', Boyhood Studies, 11.1 (Spring 2018), 47-62.
Publisher:
Berghahn Books
Journal:
Boyhood Studies
Publication Date:
2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/621132
DOI:
10.3167/bhs.2018.110104
Additional Links:
http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/boyhood-studies
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article was originally published as Lucy Andrew, "“Be Prepared!” (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering, and Boys’ Roles in World War I", Boyhood Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2018): pp-pp TBC - Berghahn Journals.
ISSN:
2375-9240
Appears in Collections:
English

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dc.contributor.authorAndrew, Lucyen
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-15T09:31:35Z-
dc.date.available2018-05-15T09:31:35Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationAndrew, Lucy, '"Be Prepared!" (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering and Boys’ Roles in World War I', Boyhood Studies, 11.1 (Spring 2018), 47-62.en
dc.identifier.issn2375-9240-
dc.identifier.doi10.3167/bhs.2018.110104-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/621132-
dc.descriptionThis article was originally published as Lucy Andrew, "“Be Prepared!” (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering, and Boys’ Roles in World War I", Boyhood Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2018): pp-pp TBC - Berghahn Journals.en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the shifting representation of the ideal of masculinity and boys’ role in securing the future of the British Empire in Robert Baden-Powell’s Boy Scout movement from its inauguration in 1908 to the early years of the First World War. In particular, it focuses on early Scout literature’s response to anxieties about physical deterioration, exacerbated by the 1904 Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee on Physical Deterioration. In Baden-Powell’s Scouting handbook, Scouting for Boys (1908), and in early editions of The Scout – the official magazine of the Scout movement – there was a strong emphasis on an idealised image of the male body which, implicitly, prepared Boy Scouts for their future role as soldiers. The reality of war, however, forced Scouting literature to acknowledge the restrictions placed upon boys in wartime and to redefine the parameters of boys’ heroic role in defense of the Empire accordingly.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBerghahn Booksen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.berghahnbooks.com/boyhood-studiesen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectBaden-Powellen
dc.subjectBoy Scout movementen
dc.subjectScouting for Boysen
dc.subjectThe Scouten
dc.subjectbody imageen
dc.subjectWorld War Ien
dc.subjectphysical deteriorationen
dc.subjectBritish manlinessen
dc.title"Be Prepared!" (But Not Too Prepared): Scouting, Soldiering and Boys’ Roles in World War Ien
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalBoyhood Studiesen
dc.date.accepted2018-03-29-
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