Monday, 30 July 2007

Scouts Gather at Meridian Line to Mark 100 Years!

Scouts in Greenwich will be leading a worldwide 'Sunrise' event to mark the centenary of Scouting on Wednesday, August 1. The event will be held on Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory at 7:45am and everyone who has ever made the Scout Promise can attend. Local scouts will be allowed to hold their own overnight camp in Greenwich Park to mark the event. For more information contact event organiser Gwen Zammit on 020 8856 7373 or email

A Bit of History

  • On August 1, 1907 Scouting's founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, sounded his kudu horn on Brownsea Island at 8:00am to open the very first experimental Scout camp for 20 boys.
  • The founding army general was inspired by the enthusiasm of young cadets during the Boer War in South Africa.
  • Baden-Powell also started Girl Guides, the parallel female movement, in the early 1900s.
  • Today there are 28 million members (male and female) in 216 countries around the world.
  • A very useful website to look at would be

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