What's changed in 100 years?
On 29 March 1910, Baden-Powell visited Leicester for the inauguration of Leicester Scout County; 100 years later we celebrated the anniversary in the same splendid County Hall. So what’s changed over the past 100 years?
As I prepared my speech, I took a look at what we have in our archives from this day in 1910; notably Baden-Powell’s diary and a very helpful text of a newspaper report of the day. It was obvious that whilst the language is very different and reflects its era, the ethos, purpose and benefits that BP talked about and envisaged have certainly remained true throughout.
Ironically, in closing BP had "showed that the movement was worthy of support and asked for the help of those present, particularly mentioning the need of young men to volunteer for officers”. 100 years later, my words were a little different, but the request exactly the same, more leaders please!
100 years later, we also celebrated the achievement of 16 Scouts who had achieved their Chief Scout Gold awards, and 2 Network members who received their Duke of Edinburgh gold Award. Congratulations and well done to them.
It was great to have an opportunity to meet many leaders and other volunteers and to hear first hand of the achievements in Leicestershire. Also the practical challenges they face in achieving the success. It was easy to see why the County is celebrating its third successful year of growth.
Something that hasn't changed is the love of the outdoors
So it was lucky that I took advantage of the train journeys to finally read my copy of Scouting Skills which we have just published with Doubleday of the Random House Group.
The book includes tips and ideas from over 40 leaders and many others and is full of practical hints and suggestions. It is certainly a recommended read for any leader and a good addition to the Group library I suggest and a serious rival for other books offering practical tips and advice on Scouting skills.
Volunteering campaign update
We have already had some good feedback on our volunteering campaign with invitations to meet with the Civil Service and several major employers and have just written to CC’s and DC’s with some suggestions on how they might be able to engage with employees locally.