By: Xavier Dalcourt, Scouts Canada Youth Spokesperson
Scout Guide week is a sort of Scouting holiday. A week when Scouts and Guides, from Beavers to Rover and Sparks to Rangers, get together and celebrate the birthday of our founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857 – 1941) and his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (1889 – 1977). It’s a week when church services are held, banquets are consumed, and the Scouting and Guiding communities celebrate the births of their founders!
Now why was Baden-Powell such a cool guy? Before he started scouting, Mr. Powell was quite an accomplished soldier. He was known as the “Hero of the Siege of Mafeking” during the Boer war. After that, he started what would later become Scouts Canada. Lord Baden encouraged children and young people working together and taking responsibility in his early scouting movement. And what about his wife? Well, on top of being a Chief guide for Britain in 1918, she contributed in a big way to the development of the Guide / Girl Scout movements!
So, what are some things that your group could do on Scout Guide week? Group linking activities are very common and a great idea. For example, Beavers can reach out to a Sparks Unit or to a Cub Pack and plan activities. Together, they can learn from each other and celebrate their common foundation.
Why is it so important that we celebrate Baden-Powell’s birthday? It is very important that we remember Lord Baden-Powell because he made this world an infinitely better place and has changed the lives of countless boys and girls. He has brought fun, adventure, and friendship to the lives of those who may have not had not had that otherwise. Lord Baden-Powell, truly a man to remember!
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 when you have ceased to be a boy — and God help you to do it.
Lord Baden-Powell (1857 – 1941)