Founder’s Day celebrates Baden-Powell’s legendary life

Lord Robert Baden-Powell had a habit for sounding smart.

But really, what would you expect from the founder of the worldwide Scout movement, which now boasts 30 million Scouts in 161 countries?

Three of my favorite quotes from the Scouting legend speak for themselves:

  • “It is risky to order a boy not to do something; it immediately opens to him the adventure of doing it.”
  • “The open-air is the real objective of Scouting and the key to its success.”
  • “There’s nothing like ‘Being Prepared,’ is there? For what might seem possible, even if it may not seem probable.”

B-P’s words of wisdom have molded the Boy Scouts of America for more than 100 years, and that’s why we celebrate his life on Founder’s Day every Feb. 22.

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was born Feb. 22, 1857, and until his death in 1941, he worked tirelessly to support the world Scout movement. Today, more than a century and a half since his birth, that indelible imprint has grown exponentially.

Take a moment today to celebrate this man’s amazing life. Here’s how:

Now tell me: How has Baden-Powell affected your life? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

BSA file photo above shows Baden-Powell (right) with William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt

9 thoughts on “Founder’s Day celebrates Baden-Powell’s legendary life

  1. I didn’t know that it was his Birthday! Now that I know it is the same as Washington’s, it should be easier to remember.

  2. Actually, our CNJ council has its annual Wood Badge Dining In each year on B-P’s birthday to honor him. A “Dining In” is a British (and USAF) tradition where a military unit celebrates it’s heritage at a special dinner. We’ve modified this adult only gathering to celebrate Scouting Heritage and traditions. The event raises funds for scholarships to enable Scout Leaders to attend Wood Badge training.

    Unfortunately, a business meeting prevents me from being there this evening, so I can’t join this year, but other councils might want to follow it.

  3. You asked how Baden-Powell affected my life. As a former girl scout, without his influence, I am sure it would have been many years before girl scouting was founded. Remembering my time as a scout brings back fond memories. As the mother of a scout, I know that our son would not be the man he is today without the positive impact of scouting in his life. Many years down the road when our son becomes a parent, I hope I will be able to say that I am the proud grandmother of a scout.

  4. Simply stated, Scouting maximizes a boy’s potential through experiences he would not otherwise have. I have tons of great memories as both Scout in Georgia and Germany and as a long time Scouter. One of my fondest memories is staying in the Baden-Powell House in London back in the mid-60s during a week-long trip with my fellow Explorer Scouts.

  5. Baden Powell inspired me to try through out my life to help the world be a better place by my having been here than it would have been had I not been here. I really believe that he was an instrument of God to break down barriers and to teach Scouts of all nations, cultures, and religions, correct principles including Citizenship, Character, and Fitness, as well as those principles set forth in the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan. I honestly believe the world would be a better place if every young person, male and female, were to participate in Scouting.

  6. Several years ago, I was in London and after most searching we found the statue of the Lost Scout memorializing the scout’s good deed that led to the founding of BSA. On that same trip I sa BP grave in Westminster Abbey and was brought to tears for the man I never met, but have spent a life time trying to live up to his ideals.
    Robert Wise, Eagle Class of 1979

  7. During my Scouting experience as a youth, I learned the meaning of not quitting. Becoming prepared, and developing a sense of self reliance, teamwork, and leadership skills which I have used for most of my life. I used the Scout Oath and Law as my foundation. Duty to our Country and community as I have served in the Military and my government as a public servant to the people of my City. I believe in God and reflect daily with faith and I volunteer as a Scout adult leader today to continue the teaching of Scouting and Lord Baden Powell. Still a SCOUT at 46.

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