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A good read for scouts and leaders of today, as a grounding reminder of scouting's purpose.
...for a real period piece, exceptionally well read. At times, it's difficult to believe in our enlightened times that some of it isn't tongue-in-cheek. But of course it's not. It would be so easy for Hugh Dennis to make it sound faintly ridiculous and antiquarian; however, he strikes just the right tone, not too ponderous, in no way condescending, but aware, I suspect, of its historical context and giving it due respect. Simplistic it may be to our modern sensitivities and sophistication, but not borne of naivete. And, dare I say it, a reminder of pioneering spirit!