The Boy Scouts Came From a Spy Who Hid Maps in Bugs
Submitted by: lalapancakes⚫ 6 months ago
So apparently the guy who founded the Boy Scouts was a super spy, book writing author, manly gentlemanly bad ass with a soft creative side? In his days post-spying, Robert Baden-Powell wrote books showing some of the intricate insect drawings he made to communicate enemy lines to his fellow agent provocateurs.
Before his time as a spy author, the dude sent military secrets through insect drawings and served the U.K. Army against South Africa… which is kind of depressing because he was serving for apartheid.
“Baden-Powell had one last tip for would-be spies: disguise themselves as entomologists. It was a trick, he said, that had worked when he conducted secret missions. He wrote: 'Carrying this book and a colour-box and a butterfly net in my hand, I was above all suspicion to anyone who met me on the lonely mountain side, even in the neighbourhood of the forts.'
Out in enemy territory, who would notice a insect researcher, notebook, pen, and butterfly net in hand?"