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    How to honor Baden-Powellon Founders Day (Feb. 22)

    February 21, 2014 Bryan Wendell History of Scouting 44

    Chief Scout of the World: Theres no cooler title around.

    Thats what they called Robert Baden-Powell, founder of theworldwide Scout Movement and therefore one of the mastermindsbehind the Boy Scouts of America.


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    B-P was also the rst recipient of the Silver Bualo Award in 1926, thehighest award the BSA gives adults.

    Baden-Powell was bornFeb. 22, 1857,which is more than 150 yearsago. Scouts worldwide roughly30 million in 161 countriescelebrate his birthday each year as Founders Day.

    You can join the celebration in a number of ways. Here are sevenideas:

    1. Learn a little about Baden-Powell

    Just who wasRobert Stephenson SmythBaden-Powell? Read and nd out:

    Mark Rays Faces of the Foundersarticle fromScouting magazineintroduces you to B-P and the BSAs other founding fathers.

    This World Organization of the Scout Movement prole of B-Pis comprehensive and interesting.

    2. Read his words of wisdom

    Three of my favorite quotes from the Scoutinglegend speak for themselves:

    It is risky to order a boynotto dosomething; it immediately opens to himthe adventure of doing it.

    The open-air is the real objective of Scouting and the key to itssuccess.

    Theres nothing like Being Prepared, is there? For what mightseem possible, even if it may not seem probable.

    Be inspiredby reading some classic Baden-Powell quotes.Clickherefor a few hand-picked favorites.

    3. See his final message to Scouts

    Baden-Powell prepared a farewell message to Scouts that was meantto be shared after his death.He died at age 83 in 1941.

    This is my favorite line:

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    But the real way to get happiness is bygiving out happiness to other people.Try and leave this world a little betterthan youfound it and when your turncomes to die, you can die happy infeeling that at any rate you have notwasted your time buthave done your best. Be Prepared in thisway, to live happy and to die happy- stick to your ScoutPromisealways when you have ceased to be a boy and Godhelp you to do it.

    Read the complete letter here.

    4. Become a Messenger ofPeace

    In the October 1932 issueof Jamboree,Baden-Powell wrote: Our aim is to bringup the next generationas useful citizenswith a wider outlook than before andthereby todevelop goodwill and peace in the worldthroughcomradeship and co-operation.

    In fact, as this UNESCO report indicates, peace and World Scoutinghave been close allies since the beginning.

    You can join this eort by becoming a Messenger of Peace and beinga powerful force for good. Get details on this BSA and WorldScouting program here.

    5. Teach the Scouting Heritagemerit badge

    Scouting Heritage merit badge, released in 2010,satises the desire by Scouts and Scouters to learnmore about Scoutings history.

    And its no surprise that Requirement 1 of Scouting Heritage MBreads:

    Discuss with your counselor the life and times of Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell. Explain why he felt a program like Scouting


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    would be good for the young men of his day. Include in yourdiscussion how Scouting was introduced in the United States, andthe origins of Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting under Baden-Powell.

    6. Consider how youpronounce B-Ps name

    This one comes with a little controversy.Ive heard Baden-Powells namepronounced two ways the Powell part, atleast.

    Some say it like POW-ull, while others pronounce it more like pole.

    B-P himself once address the pronunciation in a short poem:

    Man, Nation, Maiden Please call it Baden. Further, for Powell Rhyme it with Noel

    Remember that B-P was British, so noel is pronounced like this. Inother words, Ive been pronouncing it wrong pretty much all my life,and it is more like pole.

    7. Watch this video about B-P

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    Who is this man?

    8. Your idea?

    How will you celebrate? Perhaps with a B-P-themed ScoutmastersMinute or a campre story? Share your ideas below.

    BSA le photo above shows Baden-Powell (right) with William Green BarBill Hillcourt

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