In our last meeting our Scouts learned about the rich history of makeup and face painting.
Makeup has been used by both men and women for thousands of years in almost every civilization across the globe.
We learned, for example, that ancient warriors used to paint their faces in stripes of black and red to symbolize vitality and courage, and that in medieval Europe white powder would be applied to the face in order to render one’s complexion paler as a sign of status.
We looked at Aboriginal, East Asian and the ancient Egyptian Pharos’ face painting, and we discussed modern-day uses of makeup, including soldiers’ camouflage and sports supporters painting their team’s colours and logos on their faces before a match.
We then tried our hands at face painting.
Our Scouts were excited to experiment with the newly acquired skill, and soon transformed into pandas, cats, rainbows, demons, and unicorns.
At our closing ceremony that night, we had a rainbow reciting the Scout law, a panda directing the troop towards the flag, and a unicorn leading the ceremony.
What a fun experience it was!
Yours in Scouting,
Didi Gorman, 1st Lennoxville Scouts