A Tribute To Our Founder Lord Baden Powell

BP.093113On his return from Africa in 1903, Baden-Powell found that his military training manual, Aids to Scouting, had become a best-seller, and was being used by teachers and youth organisations. Following his involvement in the Boys’ Brigade as Brigade Secretary and Officer in charge of its scouting section, with encouragement from his friend, William Alexander Smith, Baden-Powell decided to re-write Aids to Scouting to suit a youth readership. In August 1907 he held a camp on Brownsea Island to test out his ideas. About twenty boys attended: eight from local Boys’ Brigade companies, and about twelve public school boys, mostly sons of his friends.

Baden-Powell was also influenced by Ernest Thompson Seton, who founded the Woodcraft Indians. Seton gave Baden-Powell a copy of his book The Birch Bark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians and they met in 1906.The first book on the Scout Movement, Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was published in six instalments in 1908, and has sold approximately 150 million copies as the fourth best-selling book of the 20th century.

At the 5th World Scout Jamboree in 1937, Baden-Powell gave his farewell to Scouting, and retired from public Scouting life. 22 February, the joint birthday of Robert and Olave Baden-Powell, continues to be marked as Founder’s Day by Scouts and Thinking Day by Guides to remember and celebrate the work of the Chief Scout and Chief Guide of the World.

‘In his final letter to the Scouts, Baden-Powell wrote’

… I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy life too. I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man. Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one. But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. ‘Be Prepared’ in this way, to live happy and to die happy — stick to your Scout Promise always — even after you have ceased to be a boy — and God help you to do it.


Kea “Loch Ness Clan”

Kea’s named themselves the “Loch Ness Clan” for the Group camp highland games this weekend. Here they all are, proud, with their Nessy breast-plates and tartan sashes.DSC03829


Don’t mess with the Loch Ness Clan.DSC03830


The Kea’s were introduce to Lord Baden Powel, and the Zulu “Ingonyama” chant.


The Ingonyama chant is one of many ancient battle-cries of the Zulu warriors. Baden-Powell first heard this chant in Zululand (now the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa).DSC03828

Een gon-yama
Een gon-yama

In English the chant is believed to mean `He is a lion! Yes! He is better than that! He is a hippopotamus!

Days Bay splash

DSC03762St. Augustines Scouts and their Wainu Scout friends, followed the sun to Days Bay for an evenings fun.

DSC03761Where mermaids are found, buried in the sand.

DSC03768 and boys go…

plop, plop, plop…





All aboard for the first time in a hand built canoe.DSC03784

Steady as she goes.


Getting adventurous now….


now we popped out from under the pier.


Out into open water, “lets head for the pontoon”.


One, two, threeDSC03807gone.


Here come more friends.


Where are you off to now?DSC03773

Come back! Look what we found under the pier.DSC03822

Yes a star fish, hiding from…

The very last splash.

Kea’s start T1

A big welcome back to the Keas, after the summer holidays. You each told of some of the exciting things you did, and the places you went.DSC03728 All here?

DSC03729 DSC03730 Run like mad.

DSC03731Circle game, before going in side to learn about the highlands of Scotland, and Nessy the Loch Ness Monster!