Although 1957 marks the centenary of the birth of Lord Baden Powell, founder of the world-wide Boy Scout movement, the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are determined to play their part in the celebrations.
Although 1957 marks the centenary of the birth of Lord Baden Powell, founder of the world-wide Boy Scout movement, the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are determined to play their part in the celebrations. All over the world, girls are meeting together in huge camps to mark the centenary year. South America, Canada and Switzerland have already seen large gatherings of Girl Guides - now the spotlight switches to Denmark. Within the last few days, over 16,000 Girl Scouts have converged on the little Danish town of Odense - birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Already christened the "Fairy Tail Camp" by the girls, the huge tented community received their first important guests on Sunday July 21, when they hosted the Danish Chief Guide, Queen Ingrid. Arriving in a British Jaguar car, the Queen was met by various Girl Scout leaders who escorted her to the saluting base for a mass march-past. Afterwards, she toured the main camp and saw groups from Germany, England, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Greece, Swede, Norway and Greenland - many of them in their national costumes. Some of the most colourful costumes were worn by Eskimo girls from Greenland, while two Greek girls attracted considerable attention with their national costumes. But there is nothing dainty about the way these girls eat while they are in camp. To cater for 16,000 girls, the cooks will read about 225 pigs, 50 head of cattle, about 78,000 bottles of milk, 50,000 kilos for bread and 4,000 kilos of cheese.