Last Updated: February 21, 2023, 19:30 IST
Lord Baden-Powell was more than a soldier– he was an educator and a writer, too. (Representative image: Shutterstock)
World Scout Day, also known as Founder’s Day, is celebrated on February 22 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Robert Baden-Powell
WORLD SCOUT DAY 2023: Every year, on February 22, millions of people who have been a part of the Boy Scouts mark World Scout Day. It commemorates the birth anniversary of the founder of the Boy Scouts Movement, Lord Robert Baden-Powell. The day, celebrated by National Scout Organisations worldwide, is observed through activities such as fundraising, food drives, and other forms of community service. Read about the history and significance of the day, as well as about the life of Lord Baden-Powell here.
World Scout Day: History
Scouting’s inception dates back to over a century ago, in 1907 in United Kingdom. The first Boy Scout camp was organised by Lord Baden-Powell back then with a ragtag group of 20 youngsters. The camp, followed by the founder’s book ‘Scouting for Boys,’ became an instant hit. Over the course of the next few years, the movement grew swiftly, taking on a global character.
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World Scout Day, also known as Founder’s Day, is celebrated on February 22 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Lord Robert Baden-Powell. The day is also significant since it marks the birth anniversary of his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide.
World Scout Day: Significance
As of 2022, the Scout Movement is spread across 172 National Scout Organisations with 57 million members, as per their official website. This is an important day for the entire scout community. To mark the occasion, several Boy Scout members recommit themselves to the ideals of the organisation. The operations of these institutions on the day are centred around community welfare. Several individuals perform good deeds and engage in community service.
Who was Lord Robert Baden-Powell?
- Lord Baden-Powell was born on this day in 1857 in Paddington, London.
- He joined the Army as a Sub-lieutenant in 1876 and took part in the Boer War of 1899.
- None other than Queen Victoria herself promoted him to the rank of Major-General.
- Lord Baden-Powell was more than a soldier– he was an educator and a writer, too.
- He penned down his views on scouting in his book, laying down the foundation of the Boy Scout movement.
- Scouting For Boys became a guide for youth organisations globally. It provided the framework to develop activities that could make children more active, kind, and loyal.
- After he took the movement on the international platform, Lord Baden-Powell established the International Scout Chalet in Kandersteg, Switzerland, in 1925. This is presently known as the Kandersteg International Scout Centre.
- He spent a couple of years in Africa, till his unfortunate demise there in 1941.
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