We have a series of resources to support research and engagement exploring the role Scouts played during the First World War.

Online exhibitions

Scouting on the Home Front 1914 – 1918 draws on The Scouts Heritage Collection which contains a fascinating collection of photographs and records relating to the contribution Scouts made to the war effort from 1914 – 1918. Topics covered include:

  • Doing your bit
  • Guarding the shores
  • Working the land
  • Every penny counts
  • Pedal power
  • Other duties
  • Bravery recognised
  • Wolf Cubs in the First World War
  • Recovery and remembrance

Roland Philipps: A Lasting Legacy explores the impact this innovative young man had on early Scouting and how his legacy is still supporting East London Scouts today.

Jack Cornwell: A True Scout tells the story of how one boys bravery in the most extreme circumstances still inspires young people today.

Scouting during the First World War – Resource Pack

For easy to print photographs and ideas of how to use the topic and collection for learning and engagement activities a supporting downloadable resource pack has been created. Photographs may be reproduced for not-for-profit learning activities, please credit (C) The Scouts Heritage Collection.

We have a small range of downloadable activity resources to support activities around Scouting in the First World War.

First World War – Scouts Roll of Honour

The Heritage Collection holds a Roll of Honour listing all the Scouts and leaders who we know died during the First World War. The list is an on-going project so if you are aware of any additions that should be made please contact us.