Meaning of Scouting
Bruce Ward (wardb@AGRIC.NSW.GOV.AU)
Tue, 15 Nov 1994 12:20:31 EST
Last night I watched a video recording of a television program screened
last week on a National Network (SBS) in Australia. The program was on
our founder, Robert Baden-Powell and gave me some food for thought on
what Scouting is all about.
The program painted a picture of the Scouting movement as an evolving
idea in BP's life. He started with the aim of rebuilding British youth,
with very Nationalistic ideals. As Scouting spread however, BP began to
dream of World peace, and saw Scouting as a possible seed to achieve
that noble goal.
According to his son, BP was absolutely shatterd by the outbreak of
World War II, and this was behind his retirement to Kenya, and withdrawal
from public life.
There was much more of value in the program, and I feel it would be great
for leader training, but it dis make me wonder how BP himself would have
seen some of recent discussion on SCOUTS-L?
So there is a fair bit of traffic, some of it not too relevent to all of
us! (There may be some technical ways around that) BUT surely we share
some pretty good suff. Most days I get something I value from the
discussion, and occasionally I can contribute as well.
I feel that BP would have been delighted with the concept of Scouts and
Scouters in far flung corners of the world COMMUNICATING on a daily
(sometimes hourly) basis. Lets not spoil a good thing. If it works,
dont fix it, because it may not work the same ever again if you do.
PS, I think the TV program was made in the UK, but my family taped it while
I was away last week and I missed the first minute and got no credits.
Does anyone know the program title and where it can be obtained?
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