The Scouts is an organisation which is over one hundred years old and now includes boys and girls from all over the world. We thought it would be interesting for our pupils to gain a better understanding of what the Scouts do and their history and so we organised for a member of the Scouts to give a presentation on Founders Day.
Founders Day is a day on which all Scouts, all over the world, remember the birthday of their founder, Robert Baden-Powell. He was born on 22nd February 1857. By a complete coincidence, it is also the day that his wife Olave was born, although she was born in 1889. Together they created the Scout movement which was based on Robert's idea that young people should spend much of their time outside, helping the community, and gaining life skills. Olave wanted to make sure that girls could also join; these groups now include the Brownies and the Guides.
Every year, Scouts take part in different activities and games in order to honour the memory of the couple that contributed so much to the way that children are now treated by adults: it is almost certain that camping would never have been so popular if it wasn't for the Scouts, and children would not have got so involved in aiding the community.
The talk was a brilliant chance for our pupils who had never heard of the Scouts before to learn a little bit about them and perhaps will encourage them to join.