Message from the World Scout Committee Chairperson on the ocassion of the 2019 Founder’s Day
Happy Founder’s Day!
Today we celebrate the birthday of our Movement’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell, whose visionary ideas have enabled generations of young people to discover the power of serving others. On this occasion, we remember the special moments of making our first Promise, building new friendships, and experiencing all the fun and adventure which is at the heart of Scouting.
With our common heritage, we share this special day with our friends in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, who are celebrating World Thinking Day. Each year, we take the opportunity on this day to recommit to working together and learning from each other, because that enables us to change the lives of millions of girls and young women, and boys and young men worldwide for the better.
As global citizens, Scouts are guided by the Promise and Law, and empowered through the Youth Programme, to make a lasting contribution to their communities. Everyday young people are rising to the challenges they see around them by tackling the effects of climate change, promoting gender equality, acting as Messengers of Peace, and working towards sustainable development.
Under the banner of Scouts for SDGs our Movement of 50 million Scouts is mobilising to make the world’s largest youth contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Together, this ambitious effort will deliver two million local actions and contribute four billion hours of community service to improve the planet by 2030. If you are looking for inspiration about how to take action for sustainable development, check out the new Scouts for SDGs hub which has everything you need to know about the 17 Goals and how Scouts are working to create a better world.
Enabling young people to take action in their local communities would not be possible without the support of excellent leaders, many of whom have benefited from taking part in a Wood Badge training. This year, we mark the 100th anniversary of the Wood Badge training course, with the first edition conducted in 1919 by our founder in Gilwell Park. Since then, the Wood Badge has become a symbol that recognizes the extraordinary dedication and leadership of adult volunteers who are making Scouting such a unique educational experience. I encourage you to take part in the centenary celebrations being held at the World, Regional, and national levels, or organise events and activities in your community to mark this special milestone. Head online to learn about the history of the Wood Badge and to get ideas about how to celebrate the centenary.
Today, as we reflect on the foundation of our Movement, we are also looking to the future with a focus on strengthening our network and deepening our impact. The newly-launched WOSM Service Platform is reimagining how we support National Scout Organizations (NSOs) to deliver better Scouting activities and programmes to more young people worldwide. We look forward to receiving requests for support, collaborating across our Movement, and equipping all 170 NSOs with the tools they need to take Scouting to the next level.
Our founder believed in the power of young people to change the world. Today, as we renew our Scout Promise and commitment to serve, let’s keep our founder’s legacy alive by continuing to work towards a common goal – to leave this world a little better than we found it.
Have an awesome Founder’s Day!
World Scout Committee