Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Training Alert

This course which is known as New Leader Essentials is soon to be replaced by a course called "This is Scouting". This course will be accessible through your My Scouting Account under the Online Learning Center Section. It seems like the amount of training that is available to Scouters online is ever expanding which is great and high valuable since so many of our leaders barely have enough time to commit to just the regular activities and meetings.

The course due to development issues is not expected to come out until the Middle of March.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

Here is a Short Introduction to Lord Baden Powell put together by the WOSM or the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. Hopefully you will enjoy the video clip.

Yours in Scouting
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

B=P's Farewell Message

B-P's Last Message

B-P prepared a farewell message to his Scouts, for publication after his death.

The message follows...

"Dear Scouts - If you have ever seen the play "Peter Pan" you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of good-bye.

Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. "Be Prepared" in this way, to live happy and to die happy- stick to your Scout Promise always when you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it.

Your friend,

Robert Baden-Powell"

The message is undated but probably was written before 1929 because it was signed "Robert Baden-Powell" instead of "Baden-Powell of Gilwell". Lady Baden-Powell said that this letter, in an envelope addressed "to the Boy Scouts," along with other papers was always carried with them on their travels in an envelope marked "In the event of my death".

Since Founders Day is coming up, I could not resist posting this message. Read it carefully and you will see that it still applies even to today's society even though the times may not be the same.

Yours In Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

BP Trivia Questions

Lord Robert Baden Powell Scouting and Life Trivia Questions

1. When was baden powell born?

2. He was the _______ son and _____ out of ten children.

3. What military unit was Baden Powell comissioned into bypassing the normal officer training establishments?

4. What was the name of the first Scouting book Baden Powell wrote in 1907?

5. Where did the 1907 first scout camp with 22 boys occur?

6. Scouting for Boys which was published in what year?

7. The book Scouting For Boys was originally sold as what?

8. How many languages as the book Scouting For Boys been translated into

9. In 1910 Baden Powell retired from the army when he was advised to by King Edward VII to do so. What age was he?

10. After Olave Soames became married to BP in 1912 they had three children, what are the childrens names?

11. During the first world scout jabmoree held in Olympia, London in 1920 B-P was given the title of what at the closing cremony?

12. At the third jamboree the prince of wales gave Baden Powell the title of _____ and this location later became the international training center for scout leaders known as ______.

13. How many books did BP write?

14. He received honorary degrees from at least ____ universities. Also he received ____ foreign orders and decorations and ____ foreign Scout awards were bestowed upon him.

15. During 1938 he returned to Africa to live in semi-retirment due because?

16. On what specific date at the age of 83 years did B-P die.

17. He was buried in a simple grave at what location? Be very specific

18. Lady Olave Baden Powell promoting scouting and Girl Guiding until her death in what year?

19. Where is Lady Okave Baden Powell Buried

Have to wait a couple of days before I will post the answers.

Hope you have fun trying to figure out the answers

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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