THE book describes a "recent tour of inspection, not only in our overseas dominions, but also in the United States, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, and Belgium." When one takes into account that the 'overseas dominions' included The West Indies, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the journey is really best described as a World Tour.
Though chronological, the book regrettably lacks specific dates. (I am compiling an exhaustive day-by-day B-P Chronology, which will enable the places mentioned in the book to be cross-referenced against the date.) B-P expands on his experiences to illustrate worthwhile 'teaching points', drawing on his vast repertoire of historical and geographical knowledge, whilst maintaining an interesting narrative. As I have observed before, Baden-Powell was a natural teacher.
The visit to Panama was particularly interesting, as the building of the Panama Canal was in progress and its original proposer, Ferdinand de Lesseps, is likened to a "stout-hearted Scout". (Vicomte Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805-1894) conceived the Suez Canal, which was completed in 1869. He projected the original Panama Canal, which failed. The Panama Canal finally opened in 1914.)
Baden-Powell was often received by the Heads of State of countries he visited. On this occasion he met President Taft, one the many US presidents B-P was to meet, to review United States Boy Scouts at the White House on February 3rd, 1912.
There are 9 black and white plates, some photographs, and some of B-P's watercolours. In addition, there are numerous B-P line drawings and illustrations, some of which I believe to be unique to this book.
Unfortunately, but understandably, nobody seems to have had the time to add up just how many miles B-P covered, Scouts he met, or even the countries he visited. Most of these statistics are now beyond recall, but my tally of counties visited is 21.