boy scouts

boy scout

noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letters) a member of an organization of boys (Boy Scouts) founded in England in 1908 by Lieut. Gen. Sir Robert S. S. Baden-Powell, that seeks to develop certain skills in its members, as well as character, self-reliance, and usefulness to others.
2.
a member of any similar society elsewhere.
3.
Sometimes Disparaging. a person whose good deeds, obligingness, idealism, etc., exceed normal expectations.

Origin:
1905–10

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boy scout
 
n
1.  See Scout
2.  informal (US), (Canadian) an apparently virtuous and innocent person

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boy scouts

organization of boys from 11 to 14 or 15 years of age that aims to develop in them good citizenship, chivalrous behaviour, and skill in various outdoor activities. The Boy Scout movement was founded in Great Britain in 1908 by a then cavalry officer, Lieutenant General Robert S.S. (later Lord) Baden-Powell, who had written a book called Scouting for Boys (1908) but who was better-known as the defender of Mafeking in the South African (or Boer) War. Baden-Powell's book described many games and contests that he had used to train cavalry troops in scouting, and this book became popular reading among the boys of Great Britain. Prior to the book's publication, Baden-Powell held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island off the coast of southern England in which he put into practice his ideas on the training of boys

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