Scouts all over the world celebrated the birth of their founder Lord Baden Powell on Sunday (24 February).
Scouts all over the world celebrated the birth of their founder Lord Baden Powell on Sunday (24 February). In Kenya, at the town of Nyeri, a hundred miles from Nairobi, a special ceremony took plaus to commemorate Founders Day.
Contingents of scouts, cubs, girl guidas and brownies from all over the country gathered at "Paxtu", the house where Lord Baden Powell spent the last years of his life painting acenery. His grave is in the cemetery of the loael churchyard, and a wreath-laying ceremony is held there each year on his birthday.
On Sunday about 15,000 members of the movement attended the ceremony. A message from Kenya's Chief Scout, Kenyan Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi, on conservation. He recalled that scout law says that "a scout is kind to animals" and "a scout is a friend to animals" as evidence of the movement's interest in conservation and the preservation of nature.
Lord Baden Powell, an English hero of the South African war, founded the Boy Scout movement in 1908. By 1918 it had spread to more than ten countries and there are new branches of the movement in almost every country in the world. Lord Badan Powell died in 1941 at the age of 84.
The home in the Kenyan town of Nyeri where Lord Baden Powell -- founder of the Boy Scout movement -- spent his last days. On Sunday, scouts all over the world paid tribute to their first leader on his birthday.
About fifteen hundred scouts, guides, cubs and brownies gathered at Nyeri for Founder's Day. Lord Baden Powell died here in 1941 at the age of eighty-four.
Lord Baden-Powell, and English hero of the South African War, founded the movement in 1908 for the purpose of training boys in the essentials of good citizenship. By 1910, it had spread to more than ten countries and there are no branches of the movement in more than a hundred countries throughout the world.
Lord Baden Powell's grave is in a quiet churchyard near his former Kenyan home.
Each year, members of the movement make pilgrimage to the graveside.
The scouting movement in Kenya in strong and last year the country played host to the World Scout Conference. In a message from Kenya's chief Scout, Vice President Daniel Arap Moi, which was read on Sunday, the current membership in Kenya was put at more than eighteen-and-a-half thousand.
The address emphasised conservation, and Mr. Moi reminded the scouts of the law which says that they are friends to animals, and are kind to animals.
Lord Baden Powell, who came to Kenya to live in 1938, like to paint the scenery. There are now plans to re-develop the site where his house stands. A collection has been started to finance this.