Statue of Scouts founder to be removed. Who is Robert Baden-Powell and why is he controversial?

The statue of Baden-Powell will be removed Thursday.

(CNN)A statue of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell will be removed from a quayside in Dorset, southern England, as the UK continues to reckon with monuments of its imperialist past.

The statue, which was installed in 2008, will be removed on Thursday, said local authority Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council in a statement.
"We acknowledge the differing views of the life activities of Baden-Powell and want to create time for all views to be aired, and to minimise the risk of any public disorder or antisocial behaviour that could arise were the statue to remain in situ," it said.
    The Dorset County Scouts group supports the removal, the council added.
    Baden-Powell became a military hero and then founded the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides.
    Vikki Slade, BCP council leader, called for discussions on the future of the statue.
    "Whilst famed for the creation of the Scouts, we also recognise that there are some aspects of Robert Baden-Powell's life that are considered less worthy of commemoration," she said in a statement.
    Slade also addressed the move in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
    "I do not wish to see the statue removed," she wrote. "However we have had police advice that this statue is on a target list for attack and due to its proximity to the water and its delicate and historic nature I was asked to approve its temporary removal."
    The move is part of a wave of actions against monuments glorifying the UK's colonial history.
    On Sunday, protesters in Bristol tore down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into a river, and local authorities in east London removed a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan on Tuesday.

    Who was Baden-Powell?

    Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell, was born February 22, 1857 in London and died January 8, 1941 in Nyeri, Kenya, according to encyclopedia Britannica.
    He was revered as a national hero for his actions as a British Army officer in the South African War (1899-1902), and went on to found the Boy Scouts in 1908. Two years later, he co-founded the Girl Guides, a similar organization for girls.

    Scouts movement

    The Scouts is aimed at boys aged between 10 and 14 years old. The organization says scouting "exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society."