Think about Scouts

Pictured are the troop from Gordons Bay 1st who all attend Beaumont Primary School. With them is principal Gordon Redell and Pack Scouter, Wesley Shuttes. The Cubs are, back row from left, Roxanne Shuttes, James Pringle, Daniel Koegelenberg, Samuel Rodenbach and Luke Hogg. In the front row are Riley Koegelenberg, Jason Marley, Amy Hartung and Aiden Whittaker.

Each year on February 22, Guides and Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day, which was first implemented in 1926 at the fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference.

Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day when Girl and Boy Scouts and Girl Guides think of each other and appreciate other Girl Guides and Scouts all around the world.

The delegates chose February 22 as the date for World Thinking Day because it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave, who served as World Chief Guide.

After having been educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey, Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1907, he held a demonstration camp, the Brownsea Island Scout camp, which is now seen as the beginning of Scouting.

The first Scout Rally was held at The Crystal Palace in 1909, at which appeared a number of girls dressed in Scout uniform, who told Baden-Powell that they were the “Girl Scouts”, following which, in 1910, Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell formed the Girl Guides from which the Girl Guides Movement grew.

He gave guidance to the Scouting and Girl Guiding Movements until retiring in 1937. Baden-Powell lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941.

The Cubs meet every Friday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm where they are taught survival skills presented in a fun and interesting way.

If you are between the ages of seven and 10 and would like to join Gordon’s Bay 1st Cubs (in Somerset West) contact Wesley Shuttes on or 082 040 4 744.