Today is the birthday of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857-1941), founder of world Scouting. As Scouting becomes ever more diverse, I found this quote from B-P to be especially timely:
“Scouting is a brotherhood – a scheme which in practice disregards differences of class, creed, country, and color, through the undefinable spirit that pervades it – the spirit of God’s gentlemen.”
The quote comes from the 1944 World Brotherhood edition of Aids to Scouting. I’m not sure B-P would have said that when he first created Scouting since his initial focus was more on building good citizens for Britain than on fostering world brotherhood.
Isn’t it great how Scouting expands the horizons of Scout and Scouter alike?
See Bryan’s Blog for seven great ways to celebrate B-P’s birthday.