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Happy Founders Day!
‘Life without adventure would be deadly dull‘ – Lord Baden-Powell.
If Scouting is about fulfilling your potential then Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (or BP) certainly fulfilled his.
BP, or ‘Stephe’ as he was known as a child, was born in Paddington, London, on 22 February 1857. He was the eighth of 10 children of the Reverend Baden-Powell, a professor at Oxford University.
BP preferred the outdoors to the classroom and spent much of his time sketching wildlife in the woods around his school. His irrepressible personality infuriated and impressed his teachers in equal measure.
After school, he went into the army, where he led a distinguished career through posts in countries including India, Afghanistan, Malta and various parts of Africa.
The most famous event in BP’s military career was the defence of Mafeking against the Boers in 1899, after which he became a Major-General at the age of only 43.
BP retired from the army in 1910 at the age of 53, on the advice of King Edward VII, who suggested he could provide more valuable service to his country by developing Scouting and its sister movement, Guiding.
In 1912, BP married Olave Soames and had three children (Peter, Heather and Betty).
Chief Scout of the World
BP wrote no less than 32 books, the earnings from which helped to pay for his Scouting travels. As with all his successors, he received no salary as Chief Scout. He received various honorary degrees and the freedom of a number of cities, along with 28 foreign orders and decorations and 19 foreign Scout awards.
In 1938, suffering ill-health, BP returned to Africa to live in semi-retirement in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died on 8 January 1941 at the age of 83. He is buried in a simple grave at Nyeri within sight of Mount Kenya. On his headstone are the words, ‘Robert Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World’ alongside Scout and Guide emblems. He was later commemorated in Westminster Abbey, London.
BP is remembered on Founder’s Day, which is celebrated on his birthday (22 February) each year. To this day Scouts continue to enjoy activities in the outdoors and live out BP’s ideas.
As the great man once said, ‘life without adventure would be deadly dull.’
Over the third weekend in October each year the worldwide Jamboree on the Air and Internet takes place. The event sees half a million Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio or the internet. It provides a fun and educational Scouting experience, promoting a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement.
For our Cubs and Scouts Frith Grange Campsite was our local JOTA-JOTI hub over the weekend of the 17th & 18th October 2015. Various activities all based around communication were set-up with Scouts sending messages using Semaphore, the phonetic alphabet & morse code using two way radio’s. At the same time Scouts were using the computers to communicate online and the radio station set-up by Southgate Amateur Radio Club to communicate over the air.
One of our Cubs, Lola took part and these are her thoughts on the day;
I really enjoyed myself. What my group did first, was send questions and talk to other cubs or scouts on the computer, I talked to somebody who was from New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, London and Italy. We had to find out what their favourite breakfast was. Some of the favourite breakfasts were: bacon and eggs, pancakes, pasta and porridge. The strangest was pasta. We also had to find out their JID, I only got two and they are: 5gb42u and 3pk23p.
In another activity we had to crack the code: two people would go outside and two other people were inside, people who were inside had to tell them to go forward, backward, left and right, and would have to give the people who were inside the numbers and they would have to crack it. Then they would swap over. The message was: Cubs have fun. Which is so true!
Whether you can spare an hour a month or a day a year the everyday adventure of Scouting is only possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. We help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.
Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.
1. Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
2. What if I don’t have that much spare time?
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
3. What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
4. My child is in Scouting – is there anything I could do to help?
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
5. Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.
To find out more about how you could make a difference please complete the form below or contact Howard our Group Scout Leader for an informal chat on 0208 123 1263.
Well done to all 17 of our Cubs and Scouts who received their Chief Scout Awards on Sunday.
Their Chief Scout Bronze and Silver Awards were presented by Jack Caine our new County Commissioner during the award ceremony held at Ashmole Academy. Recipients all received a special woggle, badge and certificate.
From left to right – Rohan, William, Jake, Nathan, Harmony, Matthew, Charlotte, Casper, Leo, Millen, Carys, Barney, Ben, Elliot and Leena.
Congratulations to you all and to Isaac and Rafi who received Chief Scout Awards too but were unable to attend the ceremony.