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leslie's guiding traditions

From the earliest days of Scouting, the organisation faced the issue that while many of the boys who started on Scouting embraced all the elements of it - both the fun of the outdoor activities and the duty imposed by taking on the Promise and Law - other were only interested in the fun parts. Baden-Powell opted to refer to them as 'monkey Patrols' - gangs of boys who wore the same type of clothes as Scouts, aped them, and could easily be mistaken for Scouts by the public. Regularly did he rail against them, and the damage they could do to the reputation of Scouting.

So too, were Monkey Patrols a threat to early Guiding. In the 1912 handbook it stated "Any person wearing Girl Guides' badges without permission is liable to be prosecuted according to law, and may incur a penalty. Offences, such as people who are not enrolled saluting, outsiders wearing Girl Guides' badges, or "Monkey" patrols wearing Girl Guides' uniforms, must be dealt with by trial at a Court of Honour to determine the forfeit or penalties to be imposed on the culprits." It isn't clear what powers there would in reality be, for a unit's Court of Honour to deal with 'Monkey Patrol' imitators . . .

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