The organisation shares the heritage of the Scouting youth movement, but was formed in the UK in 1970 when it was felt that the "modernisation" of the Scout movement was abandoning the traditions and intentions established by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907. The Baden-Powell Scouts retain the belief that essence of the movement should be based on outdoor activities related to the skills of explorers, backwoodsmen and frontiersmen.
The national associations are generally members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS).
United Kingdom and Ireland
The organisation retains the traditional sections of Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts, to which Beavers have been added in recent years for the 5 to 8 age range. In the UK and Ireland the association is open to both males and females, and in mixed and separate sections.