Cirencester has had Scouts groups from the very first days of their introduction: Formed around 1908 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell based on the principles he’d written about his book “Scouting for Boys” , the Boy Scouts were hugely popular. But there was another Scouting Association which was formed slightly around 1909 by a group out of a concern that Baden-Powell's organisation was too bureaucratic and militaristic and too closely associated with commercial interests. These became The British Boy Scouts, or “BBS”, a group which once flourished in Cirencester and of late has enjoyed a resurgence of interest.