The world Scouting movement returned to its African origins this week (15-21 July) for the 24th biennial conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya.
The world Scouting movement returned to its African origins this week (15-21 July) for the 24th biennial conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya. The movement's founder, Lord Baden Powell, conceived his idea for an international youth organisation while he was in Africa. During the conference, delegates made a pilgrimage to Nyeri, 100 miles (160 km) form Nairobi, where their founder spent the last years of his life and was buried. Wreaths were laid at Lord Baden Powell's simple grave by Boy Scout and Girl Guide representatives, and conference delegates held a special memorial service at the graveside.
More than 500 delegates and observers from around the world attended the conference, which was officially opened on Tuesday (17 July) by President Kenyatta. Scouting is taken very seriously in Kenya; many Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament were members in their youth, and the President is currently patron of the organisation.
The theme of the conference i s"Learning by Serving."