Re: Presidential Scouting
Terry Howerton, Scouter's Journal (terry@SCOUTER.COM)
Fri, 8 Nov 1996 13:05:33 -0000
>King Karl Gustav of Sweden was a Boy Scout. One of my Scouts who
>attended the World Jamboree in Korea told me that the king camped
>overnight with the Swedish contingent.
King Gustav is the Honorary World President of the Boy Scout
Movement, as was his father and grandfather before him. He was a
Scout as a boy and has dedicated his life to the organization.
Your Scout was correct. In fact, the details of the story are as follows:
The King had been invited to attend the World Jamboree (as always),
and had also received a letter from the boys and girls of the Swedish
contingent inviting him to stay in their campsite. They knew there
was little chance he would be able to accept their invitation.
When he arrived at the Jambo, the Korean Secret Service agents
attempted to direct his motorcade to an area that had appropriate
condominium-type buildings specifically for the dignitaries. The
King objected, and informed his staff that he would be staying in a
campsite with his contingent. Against the objections of the security
staff (who are they to argue with a King?) he got his wish.
They found a Hillary tent and put it in the Swedish contingents site.
The King spent the better part of the week camping there.
After the Jamboree and back in Seoul, I attended a dinner for the
Baden-Powell Fellowship with Green Bar Bill Hillcourt (I lived and
traveled with him during that time). For those that don't know, the
B-P Fellowship is an Honorary organization that serves to fund the
World Scout Movement. (You contribute at least $25,000 to get in,
and continue to give much more in the years that follow.)
The King, of course, attended this dinner of approximately 75
extremely wealthy supporters of Scouting. After a very swank dinner
and entertainment, they decided to have a little fun and auction
off the "Royal Tent" - the simple Hillary tent that the King
stayed in. The money would go to the World Movement. Everyone
laughed and joked and got a big kick out of this. The King
autographed the tent, and the auctioneer opened the bids.
As people from around the room began to offer what seemed to me to
be outrageous bids (opening bid was something like US$500, and it
quickly escalated from there) I and my wallet cowered lower and
lower into the chair. The bids continued to jump higher and higher
as each new person jumped up and gleefully made an offer. Finally,
the "Royal Tent" was purchased by a Korean for nearly US$50,000.
They all laughed and smiled and Scouting once again benefited.
King Gustav is an interesting man and very personable and
approachable. He became King at a very young age after his father
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