B-P's Birthday/WB Ticket Completion!
Don Tolin (dont@TRIB.COM)
Thu, 22 Feb 1996 04:02:24 -0700
Hello, Today is February 22, 1996. Among other significant dates in history,
this is the birthday of the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell.
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was born on this date, February 22,
1857. He died January 8, 1941, at the age of 83. Baden-Powell is best known
as the founder of the Scouting Movement, and in 1920, Robert Baden-Powell
was unanimously acclaimed as the "Chief Scout of the World" at the first
International Scout Jamboree at Olympia, London.
Although, a much less significant date in Scouting history, also today, I
have now completed my Wood Badge Ticket for Wood Badge Course W5-638-95,
held in August 1995 at the Central Wyoming Council's Camp Buffalo Bill.
"...and a Good Old Beaver too..." My Wood Badge Beads will be formally
presented to me at our Riverbend District Roundtable in Casper, Wyoming, on
March 7th, 1996. I understand that I am the first of our Wood Badge Course
to complete my ticket, which was comprised of 16 seperate ticket items.
In honor of this occasion, I would like to remind you of Baden-Powell's
farewell message to his Scouts, with special thanks to Lewis P. Orans, Randy
Wood, Simon Pearce, and The Public Relations Department at Baden-Powell
House, London, England, for making Baden-Powell's message available on the
Internet. I hope that through the completion of my Wood Badge ticket items,
in some small way, I have accomplished some of what Baden-Powell said we
should strive for during our lives.
BADEN-POWELL'S LAST MESSAGE-
"Towards the end of his life, although still in comparatively good health,
he prepared a farewell message to his Scouts for publication after his
death. It read:
'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 possible, 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 goodbye.
Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it
I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy
I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy
life. Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely 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
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' i(n) this
way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout Promise always -
even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it.
Don Tolin, Casper, Wyoming, USA
CR/MC-Pack 30~ASM-Troop 60~EA-Post 2000~Roundtable Commissioner
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