An ode to Baden Powell: A founders day reflection
By Jo Hurst (8th Warrington East)
On the 22nd of February Scouts will celebrate, Lord Baden Powell’s birthday on that date.
A man we have a lot to thank for,
a man who gave us our scouting law.
From that 7 month siege in Mafeking,
a mighty movement did begin.
From this humble beginning he wouldn’t believe, the strength of the movement he did conceive.
1907 saw the first camp,
at Brownsea Island, a tent and a lamp. So many changes we have seen, Cubs came along in 1916.
The arrival of girls in 1991,
meaning fun and adventure, for everyone.
The Beavers began in 1986,
then in 2020, we Zoomed, as the world got sick.
From earning one badge to the highest awards,
one thing in scouting, you’ll rarely be bored.
We challenge ourselves and we challenge our friends, for the fun and adventure, there is no end.
The things we learn are so far-reaching, skills for life that’s what we’re teaching. Backwoods cooking, climbing a tree, knots, first-aid and empathy.
From Dib Dib Dib to BRAVO and TA,
the scouting movement has come so far. From Bob a job to a helping hand,
his legacy across this land.
We thank you Lord for Baden Powell,
if only he could see us now.
In Beaver blue or Scouting green,
a worldwide movement, one giant team.
We thank you Lord for the friends we’ve made, for memories that will never fade.
For knowledge, fun and maybe an outing,
we thank you Lord for all our Scouting.