Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 04:45:00 UTC
To Gino Lucrezi
Gino, here is a little more information that I was able to dig up for your
59645 S10/Other Bodies [MASONRY]
Sb Lord Baden-Powell (fwd)
Fm James D. Wilson 75540,357
To All Interested in Scouti
Forwarded from The Net on the subject of Baden-Powell & Masonry.
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Date Thu, 13 Oct 1994 16:08:00 -0400
From Rick Hanson <email@example.com>
Subject Lord Baden-Powell
The following is an article that appeared in The Ontario Mason Vol. 1 #2
Freemasonry and the Scout Movement
It may be surprising to many members of the Craft that there is any
relationship between Masonry and Scouting. The one being for men and
the other for our youth. However, the large number of male Scout
Leaders, many of whom hold a similar attitude to life as do the Masons
and possessing the same basic aims, the similarity can easily be
If the Purpose/Aims and Principles of Scouting were to to be translated
into adult terms, it can clearly be seen that they are nearly identical
with those of the Craft. Because of this, many people have suggested
that the Founder of Scouting, Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, was a Mason.
It has been confirmed by his late wife and also his daughter that he was
not a member of the Craft. His younger brother, Major Baden-Powell, was
a member of a Lodge. Perhaps, this influenced his understanding of the
aims of Masonry, as illustrated by his presentation of a V.S.L.,
personally inscribed and signed, to the Baden-Powell Lodge, No. 488,
U.G.L., Victoria, Australia. This was presented to note their
Consecration in September 1930 by the then G.M., M.W. Bro. Lord Somers,
who later succeeded Baden-Powell on his death in 1941,as the Chief Scout.
It is fascinating to analyze and compare the aims and ideals of the
two "brotherhoods". The term "brother" is universal. Every boy who
becomes a Scout is received into the "Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouting"
upon accepting the Scout Promise. Thus the connection to man taking his
O.B. being welcomed as a "Brother Mason". This also applies to the male
adult Leaders who must also accept the Promise. A study of the wording
reveals the conjoined significations thusly: -
Scouting must Masonry must
- Promise a Duty to God - Believe in a Supreme Being
- Accept Loyalty to the Queen - Obey the laws of God and Man
- Help other people at all times - Extend Charity and Brotherly Love
Countless Scout Leaders have proven to strengthen the quality of life
in our jurisdiction and indeed around the World as Scouters and as
The Kindered Lodges Association is the inclusive title used by a group
of Lodges around the World whose membership is largely composed of
present and former Scout Leaders and similar Youth organizations. The
origin dates back to 1952 at a gathering of Scouter/Masons held at
Scout House in London, England. They proposed that a meeting of Lodges
with a similar dual membership would be of great interest to all. Since
the regular biannual meetings have been held some at Freemason's Hall,
Great Queen St., London and throughout the U.K. The "host" Lodge
prepares a programme, which has included 17th Century Degree Teams;
Prestonian Lectures; Masonic Choirs & Orchestral Concerts, etc. In all
usually over two hundred attend, with most in uniform and Masonic clothing.
Quite a colorful gathering.
Excerpt of an article submitted to: The Ontario Mason
By George W. Kerr, PGSW (Hon.)
Ulster Lodge No. 537, Toronto 7
Hopefully this article will help the brethren looking for information
on Lord Baden-Powell.
Rick Hanson, S.W.
St. David's Lodge #302
Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City