Founder’s day is celebrated all throughout the world in remembrance to Lord Baden-Powell. Today is his birthday (born in 1857). Did anyone make him a cake?
Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world are celebrating today as Thinking Day. Interestingly Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Olave, share the same birthday. This is why Founder’s Day and Thinking Day fall on the same day. It seems we need a few cakes.
B-P’s final farewell was written before his death to be published after he left. Take a moment to share it with your friends, Scouts or not. Think about the meaning and ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. Lastly, think about Scouts all over the world. 35 Million young men and women in 162 countries living by these ideals and doing their small part to leave the world a little better than they found it. You’re a Scout, be proud.
“Dear Scouts – If you have ever seen the play “Peter Pan” you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of good-bye.
Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over.
I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.
I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.
Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.
But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. “Be Prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy- stick to your Scout Promise always when you have ceased to be a boy – and God help you to do it.