There are some very old-fashioned genres of childrens' book that perhaps only enthusiasts would likely read now. One of these is Guiding/Scouting stories. I really liked The Chalet Girls in Camp though. It's a Chalet School book set in prewar Austria, but one of the non-school ones, about their summer guide camp. Guiding sometimes features to a varying extent, until the later books abandon it altogether.
Anyway, I was in the cubs/scouts though mostly did'nt like it that much, being very shy then. Think we went pony trekking on Dartmoor once. They also organised an awful expedition down some caves in Devon, which were full of mud and dangerous holes. Was anyone else in guides or scouts, did you do anything horsy?
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I wasn't in any of the guides/brownies etc. I wasn't really one for joining organised groups. I would have liked to join the Pony Club tho - but there wasn't one nearby. There doesn't seem a huge market for Girl Guide stories. They usually go very cheaply. Verily Anderson seems to have been one of the more popular of the authors writing books about the Brownies, one of these was actually a horse story. There is a funny bit in her obituary about her Brownie books being disapproved of by the Brownie 'powers that be' for being 'too exciting' !! I'll add a link to my web page for her below - I have since found another possible pony book written by her to add to the page.
Around the time of the Great War there was a massively popular boy's adventure writer Percy Westerman a lot of whose books were about scouts. Our local secondhand bookshop had someones huge collection of them.
Unfortunately I read one of his books and it was so awful it put me off the rest
They were all bought by a collector
"The importance of being a good horsemaster should be impressed on every mounted soldier. He should be taught to look upon his horse as his best friend, to study it, to take a pride in its appearance and to look after its wants before his own"
There were several scouting series in the US at one time....I read somewhere that the organizations sued (or perhaps just threatened suit) against publishers for the unauthorized use of scouting name/logos and that was the end of scouting books in the US!
I'd assume they were popular enough in their day, or there wouldn't have been so many of them. The current market seems soft at best for resale though....even the WILDLY collectable Mildred Wirt's scouting stories can be had quite cheaply.
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