World Scout Day – lo­cals show their pride

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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

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