World Scout Day – locals show their pride
AUGUST 1 was World Scout Day and residents may have seen some of Mansfield’s Scouts and Guides wearing their scarf or uniform to school, work or even out on the golf course.
The idea behind ‘Scout Scarf Day’ is to encourage all active and former Scouts to wear their Scout scarves in public to make the ‘Spirit of Scouting’ visible.
The scarf is a strong symbol of the Scout promise and for Scouting’s mission to leave the world a better place.
The date of the event commemorates the very first Scout camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, southern England, 111 years ago.
Recognised as the world’s first Scout camp, the event is regarded as the real origin of the worldwide Scout movement.
The 1907 Brownsea Island Scout Camp was organised by Lieutenant-General BadenPowell to test his ideas for the book ‘Scouting for Boys’.
Even back in 1907, Scouting was taking the lead in diversity and inclusion by bringing boys together from different socio-economic backgrounds.
These first Scouts participated in activities such as camping, observation, woodcraft, chivalry, lifesaving and patriotism.
Founder Baden-Powell’s experiment with a group of 20 or 21 boys was visionary and successful.
It led to a movement which has seen more than two billion members since August 1, 1907, and today has more than 50 million members.
EVEN ON THE SLOPES Toby and Hayley Cotterill wore their Scouting scarves while on Mount Buller.PHOTO: Courtesy Nikki Coffey