An intrepid, early American Ideal ted with original shoebutton eyes.  Baden Jnr is in a very well loved condition, and stands 30 cms (12″) tall.

He’s wearing his wonderful scout shirt made specially for him, and sewn entirely by hand from an old, genuine boy scout shirt. It includes various activity badges, and an original brown leather belt, plus a neckerchief and leather toggle with the scouting motto: BE PREPARED.


It’s getting dark and I’m setting up camp in the OBN garden. The challenge I’ve given myself is to light a campfire. I should be able to do this by rubbing some twigs together, but I couldn’t find any so chopped up a few sticks of wood.

Unfortunately, they won’t ignite without some help. But, as I’m always prepared, I have a box of matches handy! And if they fail to light my kindling, and it grows even darker, I have a torch to enable me to see. Also a tub of honey to tuck into so I don’t starve.

Scouting is all about being prepared in mind and body to do one’s duty. So, I’m constantly on stand-by to offer my services to anyone who needs help. Though I’m not sure I’m prepared to share my honey!




Character info

Ideal scout Baden Jnr is stuffed with woodwool, though his torso is mostly filled with kapok so he’s all soft and squidgy. There’s some settlement around his neck, but it doesn’t seem to affect his posture.

He has a lovely long pointed muzzle with old patched repairs. In the past, his nose and mouth have been resewn, and his felt pads neatly replaced,

All Baden Jnr’s joints are in working order, though his limbs are a touch swingy. He has a few small repairs here and there, and his left ear is threadbare. Overall, though, he’s a good sturdy bear.

Originally, Baden Jnr’s mohair looks to have been white or blonde, though only tufts now remain. He’s definitely a character, and eager to move to a new a home where he can tackle more challenges, and be awarded yet more badges!

The Scout Movement

Best known for his spirited defence of the small South African township of Mafeking during the Boer War, Robert Baden-Powell was propelled to further fame as the founder of Scouting.

Inspired during the siege by the initiative shown by boys under pressure, Baden-Powell realised that young people had huge potential that was often left untapped. Already thinking of developing a training programme for young people in Britain, he was encouraged by friends to rewrite his handbook for soldiers (Aids to Scouting) for this younger audience.

In 1907 he held a camp on Brownsea Island in Poole, Dorset, to try out his ideas and brought together 20 boys from a variety of backgounds. The success of the camp spurred him on to finish what would become a classic book of the 20th century.

Scouting for Boys was published in six fortnightly parts and became the handbook of the new Scout Movement, securing the royal seal of approval when King Edward VII agreed to the introduction of the King’s Scout Award. The Scout Movement spread across the world and became a global phenomenon.