Happy Birthday B-P!
Dear Brother and Sister Scouts
During his lifetime, B-P gave a good number of speeches, addressing Scouts and Guides, their parents and members of the public. On this special day, I recall a meaningful excerpt from his 80th birthday speech, in which he said, “I want you to have as long and jolly a life as I’ve had and you can get it, if you keep yourself healthy and helpful to others. I’ll tell you my secret to this – I’ve always tried to carry out the Scout Promise and the Scout Law in all that I do”.
As we celebrate B-P’s 158th birthday, I invite you to spend some time to reflect on what it means to be a Scout. To me, Scouts are a group of young people who are constantly driving positive change in their communities. But what sets them apart is their compassion and capacity to care for others apart from themselves, and their pursuit of personal growth.
Last December, Messengers of Peace celebrated 600 million service hours – in a matter of slightly over 24 months! Over 10 million young men and women from across the world selflessly contributed their time and effort to help their communities recover from disasters, to take care of the poor and vulnerable, and to intervene in divided communities.
The Scout Movement remains among the world’s leading educational youth movements, even after more than a century, for the simple fact that we care. There is no doubt that every local Scout group touches the lives of young people, changing for the better their character, their outlook on society, friends and most importantly, themselves.
I can never stress enough on the importance of giving every young person we possibly can the opportunity to be a Scout. Because it is in Scouting that good values are shared, and leadership skills are learned and practised. Ultimately, it is through Scouting that we can positively impact society and initiate change. So let’s continue to engage the 40 million members and more to make a difference in the world.
Since the launch of the new scout.org in 2013, Scouts have embraced a new way of communicating, sharing stories from around the world online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Baden-Powell Facebook page that was unveiled in the subsequent year currently has a following of more than 30,000. In order to keep up the momentum of our social media initiatives, we are linking it to the brand new Baden-Powell dedicated page on scout.org at http://scout.org/bp, which will be launched today. Apart from providing information and links related to B-P, it will also feature posts from you, the users.
Continue to leverage the online and offline channels to “tell the stories” of the many positive changes you are driving in the local communities; how you are creating a better world where you are. Continue to show the world that Scouts care, that, as B-P advised, you are adamant to “try and leave this world a little better than you found it”. I know you can, and will.
Remember and celebrate B-P!
My name is Scott Teare.
I am a Scout.
I am a Messenger of Peace.
I am proud to serve as your Secretary General!