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"scouting for boys"

Posted by Lewis on December 15, 2006

In Reply to: Softly, Softly Catchee Monkey posted by Smokey Stover on December 13, 2006

: : Not sure what I'm doing here - happened upon this 2005 thread: RE Softly, Softly Catchee Monkey - what is origin? Some silly stuff posted...

: : OSoftly, Softly Catchee Monkey..., is an Ashanti (Ghana) proverb quoted by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts

: Yes, there is some silly stuff posted, some of it posted by me. However, the first post on this subject correctly identified Lord Baden-Powell as having learned the proverb in Ghana (or the Gold Coast, as it was then known). That post is dated 2002.
: SS

anybody else wonder about the unfortunate title of Baden-Powell's seminal work?

whilst there are many adults who just like encouraging and nurturing youngsters, in this age of hyper-sensitivity to suggestions of child abuse, I doubt that the title "Scouting for boys" would have got past the publisher.