Robert Baden-Powell

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Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell

(22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941)

Nicknzmes: Bathing towel or Impeesa (The wolf that never sleeps)

B-P or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, and was the founder of the Scout Movement.

BP attended Charterhouse School, and then served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1899, during the Second Boer War in South Africa, Baden-Powell successfully defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking.

He is the author of ‘Scouting for Boys’, published in 1908. In 1907, he held the first scout camp on Brownsea Island, this was the beginning of Scouting.



Brownsea Island 

The 1st World Scout Jamboree was held from 30 July 1920 to 8 August 1920 and was hosted by the United Kingdom at Kensington Olympia in London. 8,000 Scouts from 34 nations attended the event. It was at this event that BP, was given the title of Chief Scout of the World.


Official Badge of the 1st World Scout Jamboree

B-P and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell formed the Girl Guides Movement. Baden-Powell married Olave Soames on 30th October 1912, Baden-Powell and his wife then actively gave guidance to the Scouting and Girl Guiding Movements for the rest of their lives.


World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Emblem


Baden-Powell spent his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was 1941.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s Last Message

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 possibly when the time came for him to die he might now 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 you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from 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 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 gloomy one.

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 come 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” in 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 do it.

Your friend,
This last message was found in his papers after he had died.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell: February 22, 1857 to January 8, 1941

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