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  1. plural of Scout

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  1. A worldwide youth movement with the aim of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play a constructive role in the society [1].
    • 1976, Ernest Thompson Seton, The Worlds of Ernest Thompson Seton:
      Lord Baden-Powell of England is generally given credit for founding the Scouts. There is no doubt he founded the Scout movement in England along military []
    • 2001, Tim Jeal, Baden-Powell:
      In that year Percy Everett suggested that to prevent the Scouts being squeezed out (as they might be if cadet training were to become compulsory for all boys) []
    • 2004, Philippa Levine, Gender and Empire:
      Boer War hero Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouts in 1907 so that young men might put military and colonial frontier discipline to work in suburban peacetime.
    • 2006, Tess Cosslett, Talking Animals in British Children's Fiction 1786-1914:
      Baden-Powell did not himself write animal stories, but when he decided to form an organisation for younger boys, modelled on the Scouts, []
  2. Any of the national Scouts organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America.
    • 1961, The Australian Journal of Social Issues, Australian Council of Social Service, page 46:
      The most common criterion of effectiveness quoted from within the Scout Movement is that of the large number of former Scouts who become successful in later [life …]
    • 2000, Rannveig Traustadóttir and Kelley Johnson (editors), Women with Intellectual Disabilities: Finding a Place in the World:
      The Scouts promise to make a real effort to help Mrs Tuttleby find a Scout group which will appoint her as a leader with a restricted warrant.
    • 2002, Brian Galligan, Winsome Roberts, and Gabriella Trifiletti, Australians and Globalisation: The Experience of Two Centuries:
      Civic projects were sponsored through service clubs such as Rotary, Apex and Lions. Children might attend Brownies or Cubs, the Guides or the Scouts. [] By the 1960s Australian cultural activities were also being put on an international footing.
    • 2004, Anne E. Blair, Ruxton: A Biography:
      The Scouts also took him further afield than his native Melbourne. At the end of 1938, he sailed to Sydney for the Scout Jamboree on the Canberra.
    • 2004, Dr Winsome Roberts and Brian Galligan, Australian Citizenship, page 95:
      [] and in 2002, the Guides, Scouts, Returned and Serves League and Surf Life Saving clubs all sponsored Harmony Day.
    • 1969, John Buchan, Canadian Occasions: addresses, page 148:
      [] wherever I have gone [] I have found companies of Scouts inspired by the true Scout tradition []
    • 2002, Shimon Redlich, Together and Apart in Brzezany: Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians, 1919-1945, page 48:
      [] in the spring of 1919, a number of local Scouts somehow got hold of a few guns and assisted the Polish soldiers []
      Besides such common scouting activities as hikes and summer camps, the Scouts participated in various Polish national festivals []
  3. The Selous Scouts, a special forces regiment of the former Rhodesian Army.
    • 1982, Ron Reid-Daly and Peter Stiff, Selous Scouts: Top Secret War:
      [] Turning the tables, the Scouts bit the biter by blowing up []
    • 1986, Peter Abbott and Philip Botham, Modern African Wars:
      Column strength never exceeded 72 men, and the results achieved were out of all proportion. In alone the Scouts notched up 1,257 kills, only 180 of them internal.
    • 1994, Leroy Thompson, SAS: Great Britain's Elite Special Air Service:
      As the terrorists in Rhodesia relied heavily on letters for communication, the Scouts often captured a bonanza of intelligence []
    • 2005, Peter J. H. Petter-Bowyer, Winds of Destruction: The Autobiography of a Rhodesian Combat Pilot:
      The Scouts recognised that dead CTs were either abandoned or buried and forgotten, whereas the living wounded presented an unwanted burden []

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