From the category archives:


Remembering BP

by Richard on February 22, 2018

For Scouts worldwide, today is “Founder’s Day”. (Guides call it “Thinking Day”). So, in celebration here’s a clip from a BBC documentary about scouting.


Scout website

by Richard on August 18, 2014

My scout troop needed a website, so I’ve had a bit of a play with wix: here’s the result: 23rd Shrewsbury Scouts.


US Scouts Boot Openly Gay Troop Leader

by Richard on April 1, 2014

From NBC News
The Boy Scouts of America on Monday banned an openly gay Scoutmaster from the organization, saying its national policy barred gay adults from membership.
Geoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, is believed to be the first gay adult to be booted from the Boy Scouts of America since [...]

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A video for Baden Powell’s birthday

by Richard on February 22, 2014


Girl Guides amend their promise

by Richard on June 19, 2013

I see that Girlguiding UK has announced that from September this year the promise its members make will be amended to remove reference to God. The new promise reads
I promise that I will do my best
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs
To serve the Queen and my community
To help other people
To keep the [...]


Founder’s Day

by Richard on February 22, 2013

Feb 22nd is Founder’s Day for scouts worldwide, being the birthday of Robert Baden Powell. There might well be a few scouting-related posts today. No promises!


Scouting: Methodist President is inspired

by Richard on November 29, 2012

Mark Wakelin has been visiting the Scout Association.
I was a Cub Scout – not a good one - but a Cub Scout. My mother tells me that I came home one evening and proudly announced that I would be ‘Unroled next week’. I had my very own woggle and [...]


I was very pleased to read this statement from the Scout Association. I’m reproducing it in full.
There has been coverage in the media and on social media of the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to uphold their ban excluding gay people from membership of that organisation, either as Scouts or leaders.
We would [...]


An abdication of leadership #bsa

by Richard on July 18, 2012

Richard Cohen hits several nails on the head in his analysis of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to continue its ban on homosexual participation.
The Boy Scouts of America just the other day reaffirmed its policy of banning openly gay boys from being members. The organization also continued its ban on gays or lesbians serving [...]


BSA continues homosexual ban

by Richard on July 17, 2012

I’m very sorry to learn that a commission set up by the Boy Scouts of America has decided to continue the organisation’s ban on homosexuals.
Scouting was founded to be an inclusive movement which would break down barriers of class and race, and it is surely right to extend this to matters of sexuality. In Britain, [...]


Scouting: BSA should think again

by Richard on April 26, 2012

Scouting is an international movement. Although it began in Britain, it very quickly spread to other countries so that now there are more than 30 million members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. (And lets not forget the 10 million members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)
From its [...]


Scouts on the BBC

by Richard on March 14, 2012

Scouting got a bit of a mention on the BBC programme Empire last night. Here’s the clip:

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Fear and loathing in the ’sphere

by Richard on March 2, 2012

Three articles have caught my eye in the last day or two that, though they’re about different subjects, have something of a common thread. First, there’s Benny’s Blog: Same Sex Marriage - who will it really hurt?
The striking thing about including same-sex couples in marriage is that it does exactly that – it includes people [...]


Girl Guiding in the news

by Richard on February 29, 2012

Interesting article in The Guardian’s The women’s blog: Girl Guiding goes from strength to strength
Girl Guiding may conjure up images of cake sales, songs around the campfire and a myriad other things you’d struggle to believe modern smartphone-carrying girls would be interested in. Yet they rushed to join up at the rate of one every [...]


Hymn of the day (”The Scout Hymn”)

by Richard on February 19, 2012

Now as I start upon my chosen way,
In all I do, my thoughts, my work, my play;
Grant as I Promise, Courage, Lord for me
To be the best, the Best that I can be.
Help me to keep my Honour shining bright
May I be loyal in the hardest fight;
Let me be able for my task and [...]


Outdoor play keeps the doctor away?

by Richard on February 13, 2012

From the BBC
Is modern living resulting in more people becoming disconnected from green spaces and the natural world, at the expense of our health and well-being?
Most concern is centred around children, who - say campaigners - are missing out on opportunities afforded to previous generations, ones as simple as climbing trees or getting their knees [...]


Feeling a bit pleased with myself

by Richard on November 8, 2011

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet or anything, but last night at our scout meeting the District Commissioner presented me with my wood badge. The 1st Hope blog has pictures.

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Begging a favour

by Richard on September 27, 2011

My scout group (1st Hope, Wrexham) have applied for a grant from NatWest Community Force. If successful, it will gain us £6000 for much-needed improvements to our headquarters. It seems that the decision is made by public vote, so I’m asking all my friends to vote for us on our project page. (Voting requires [...]


1st Hope

by Richard on September 21, 2011

Can I give a shout-out to all my friends at the 1st Hope Scout Group?


by Richard on January 13, 2011

The Guardian has an interview with Bear Grylls, Chief Scout
Crossposted from the 1st Hope blog