Category Archives: Scouting for boys

Look, I’ve said I’m sorry. But it’s not my fault. Blame the authors!
PS: this category includes Scouting and Guiding books, plus all those thrilling adventures with frontier type scouts—just to spread the love.

The notable sequel

Kiddie of the Camp. By Robert Leighton.  Pearson, London, 1922. This, of course, is the absolutely fabulous sequel to Kiddie the Scout. Which is a vast relief for me, because I’ve already made all of my camp kiddie jokes. You

The notable sequel

Kiddie of the Camp. By Robert Leighton.  Pearson, London, 1922. This, of course, is the absolutely fabulous sequel to Kiddie the Scout. Which is a vast relief for me, because I’ve already made all of my camp kiddie jokes. You

But, of course, ask nicely first

Roger the Ranger. by EF Pollard. SW Partridge & co. nd (‘first published in 1893 and frequently reprinted’, this copy is 20s or 30s.) No-one seems to call their children Roger any more. I can’t imagine why. It used to

But, of course, ask nicely first

Roger the Ranger. by EF Pollard. SW Partridge & co. nd (‘first published in 1893 and frequently reprinted’, this copy is 20s or 30s.) No-one seems to call their children Roger any more. I can’t imagine why. It used to

Feel the wind in your riah

The Camp at Sea View Meadow. K.N. Abbott, Blackie, London nd. circa 1929. Well, it’s not very funny, or even very camp, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The prose is dire, but I’d expect nothing less. This is one

Feel the wind in your riah

The Camp at Sea View Meadow. K.N. Abbott, Blackie, London nd. circa 1929. Well, it’s not very funny, or even very camp, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The prose is dire, but I’d expect nothing less. This is one

It’s in the details

Be Prepared! or the Making of a Scout. By Argyll Saxby, London: SW Partridge, (nd, circa 1935). Not captured for the title, or the wonderfully improbable picture on the front board*, but simply for its thrilling list of Other Titles

It’s in the details

Be Prepared! or the Making of a Scout. By Argyll Saxby, London: SW Partridge, (nd, circa 1935). Not captured for the title, or the wonderfully improbable picture on the front board*, but simply for its thrilling list of Other Titles

A load of bullocks

The Steering of Stephen. By A Lang Ordon London: Lutterworth, 1954. I’m reliably informed by the foul-minded person who bought me this book* that animal behaviour enthusiasts, readers of Temple Grandin’s books, and cattle fans will be rolling about over

A load of bullocks

The Steering of Stephen. By A Lang Ordon London: Lutterworth, 1954. I’m reliably informed by the foul-minded person who bought me this book* that animal behaviour enthusiasts, readers of Temple Grandin’s books, and cattle fans will be rolling about over

Nothing in shorts gets past them

The Boy Patrol on Guard. By E.S. Ellis, London: Cassell & company, n.d. (as usual). Nice to see that the two chaps in the foreground have been rubbing their sticks together by the campfire. Now I come to look, this

Nothing in shorts gets past them

The Boy Patrol on Guard. By E.S. Ellis, London: Cassell & company, n.d. (as usual). Nice to see that the two chaps in the foreground have been rubbing their sticks together by the campfire. Now I come to look, this

Check out those Wolf Cubs

Tawny Talent. by Falcon Travis. London: Brockhampton Press, 1966. Illustrated by Gareth Floyd. Also contains diagrams of snakes and how to fold up the Union Jack. Not just a pretty face, these young blighters.

Check out those Wolf Cubs

Tawny Talent. by Falcon Travis. London: Brockhampton Press, 1966. Illustrated by Gareth Floyd. Also contains diagrams of snakes and how to fold up the Union Jack. Not just a pretty face, these young blighters.