100th Anniversary 100th Anniversary A S S E M B LY C E R E M O N Y More Games Played at Brownsea Island Deer Stalking OF WORLD SCOUTING Procedure: One player is selected as the “deer” and goes “grazing” in the woods. The rest try to get within 6 yards (or any suitable distance) without being seen. If the deer notices a tracker, he calls his name and points in his direction. That player must move back 50 feet. If the deer hears a tracker near him, he may Precisely 100 years after the establishment Tug-of-War “stampede,” but not more Equipment: One rope at least 25 feet long of the world Scouting movement, than 30 feet (the tracker must remain in place). Procedure: Two teams line up single-file, facing each other. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, The first player to get within The players take hold of the rope and, on signal, start pulling. the agreed distance trades The rope may not be tied around the waist of any player, nor Scouts across America can gather places with the deer. can any player hold onto posts, trees, or any stationary objects. to mark the historic occasion Variation: The deer is in a circle about 50 feet in diameter. The Scoring: The first team to pull or drag its opponents across a with an assembly ceremony like this one. players try to enter the circle unnoticed. If the deer sees a player designated line wins. and calls his name, that player is out of the game. The patrol with the most players in the circle within a certain time wins. Variation: The teams are given pieces of rope 3 to 4 feet long. They tie ropes together with sheet bends. The leader ties the Stick Fight opposing teams’ ropes together and calls “Go!” This method is 7:45 a.m. Assemble troops at the ceremony site. Equipment: One Scout stave per pair of players not only a test of strength, but also serves as a fine test of the 8:00 a.m. Sound the kudu horn. patrol’s knot-tying ability. If the team captain gets his players to 8:05 a.m. T ell the story of the Brownsea Procedure: The players are paired off, facing each other with “heave” together, the team will have success even against Island adventure. their feet planted in a wide, firm stance. They grip the stick superior strength. 8:20 a.m. ead Scouts in a recommitment to L firmly with both hands, each with his left hand covered by his On August 1, 2007, Scouts around the world will celebrate Scouting (recited by a Scout leader opponent’s right hand. On signal, each tries to get the stick to and repeated by Scouts): touch the ground on his right side by pushing down with his On my honor I will do my best right hand and pulling up with his left. the 100th anniversary of Scouting. On this date in 1907, Robert S. S. Baden-Powell assembled 21 boys into the first patrols at To carry on the traditions of Scouting To the Scouts who follow in my footsteps Scoring: The player who succeeds in two out of three tries is the world’s first Boy Scout camp at Brownsea Island in England. A nd to commit myself to live by the the winner. Scout Oath and Law. Variation: Stick Twist. The players face each other and stand 8:25 a.m. Close with the Scout Oath. about a yard apart, gripping the stick in a manner similar to BSA local councils are encouraged to observe the anniversary by holding commemorative ceremonies at Scout camps and that in Stick Fight, except that they hold the stick at eye level The Kudu Horn or higher. The object is to bring the staff straight down without other locations at precisely 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. These special events could include sounding the African During his military service in Africa, Baden-Powell observed members bending the wrist or elbows or having the stick twist while kudu horn and introducing the four original patrols: Curlews, Ravens, Wolves, and Bulls. Activities of the day could include of the Matabele tribe blowing on the horn of a kudu antelope to signal holding it. games played at Brownsea Island and an evening campfire program with a re-enactment of the story of Baden-Powell and to one another. He brought a kudu horn back to England with him, and used its call to assemble the first Scouts at Brownsea Island. the Brownsea Island adventure. The same horn was entrusted to Gilwell Park in 1920 for use in Scout training courses. 18-240 18-240 2006 Printing 7 30176 30233 1 The Story of Baden-Powell of Gilwell C h i e f S c o u t o f t h e Wo r l d Games Played at Brownsea Island Robert Stephenson Smyth In 1899, B-P was sent to South Africa, where the Baden-Powell was born British army was in conflict with the Boers, settlers of February 22, 1857, in London, Dutch descent in the South African Republic and the England. His father died when he Orange Free State. He soon found himself in charge of 100th Anniversary Campfire Program was 3 years old, leaving his mother defending the small town of Mafeking with about to raise seven children. He spent 1,200 men under his command. However, many much of his boyhood in the thousands of Boer soldiers surrounded and laid outdoors with his four brothers, siege to the town, demanding that the British army Kim’s Game Observation camping and hiking in many surrender. Under B-P’s leadership and clever direction, Camp staff and Scouts will enjoy re-enacting the story of Equipment: Twenty to 30 assorted items, a large cloth or Equipment: Pencil and paper for each Scout parts of England. He received the British solders led the Boers to believe that they the Brownsea Island adventure as part of a celebration of neckerchief, paper and pencils for each patrol a scholarship to Charterhouse were up against a more formidable foe and were able Procedure: A Scoutmaster or youth leader who is a good Scouting’s centennial. School, a British school founded in 1611, and was the to hold off the Boers for 218 days. Procedure: Spread the items out and cover them with storyteller tells a dramatic story to the group. It should The Brownsea Island Adventure goalkeeper of the soccer team. He was dramatically the cloth or neckerchief. Gather the patrols around. take about three to five minutes. While telling the story, and musically inclined, and had a gift for sketching. Lift the cloth and allow the patrols to study the items he will do several things, such as mop his brow, button At dawn on August 1, 1907, Baden-Powell sounded the kudu horn and formed 21 boys into four patrols to test his scheme on for one minute. Cover the items when the minute his shirt, walk back and forth, etc. At the end of the story, Brownsea Island off the coast of England. He named the four is up, and have the patrol members list all they each Scout is asked to write down not what the story- patrols after animals: the Curlews, can remember. teller said, but what he did during the story, in the order the Ravens, the Wolves, and the that he did it. Scoring: Award 1 point for each correct item listed. Bulls. Each patrol was signified The patrol with the most correct items listed is Variation: At the end of the story, send the group out of by a color of cloth, and each boy the winner. the room for a few minutes. Move things, such as chairs, wore a fleur-de-lis on his cap. Each pictures, patrol flags, etc., around the room into different patrol had a leader, who carried a Variation: Up-and-Down Kim’s Game. Tie the items positions. Call the group in and have them write down short staff with a white flag painted along a length of rope. Throw one end of the rope any changes in the room’s appearance. with a picture of the patrol animal. over a tree limb. The items are hanging down out of Thus, the world’s first Boy Scout B-P returned to England a hero, and Aids to Scouting sight in a pack or an ice cooler. The game leader pulls Scoring: The Scout with the most accurate account of the troop was assembled. became an inspiration for young boys. Carefully and the rope, revealing the items for one minute, then storyteller’s doings or changes in the room is the winner. Baden-Powell’s patrol method slowly, B-P developed the Scouting idea and tested it lowers them again. The patrols must list the items was the system of work Each day, B-P would introduce a new skill, demonstrate it, and in the correct order. and play—the standard that in 1907 on Brownsea Island. The 21 boys he led that lead the boys in games and competitions that practiced the skill. would be experienced by summer became the first Boy Scouts. The boys’ favorite activities included observation, tracking, fire every new Scout to this day. building, swimming, and first aid. The Scouting movement grew and, in 1910, reached such proportions that B-P knew that Scouting was to Every evening, B-P would lead the boys around the campfire, When he graduated from Charterhouse, B-P joined be his life’s work. In 1912, B-P set out on a trip around where he was the campfire leader, song leader, and storyteller. the famous 13th Hussars regiment in the Crimean the world to meet Scouts in many countries, which On the last day of camp, B-P invited the boys’ parents to visit the War in India. As he rose through the ranks of the marked the beginning of Scouting as a World Brother- camp, where the boys put on a display of the skills they had learned British army, B-P gave much thought to the best ways hood. In 1920, Scouts from all over the world met in during the week. to train soldiers. He believed that it was important London for the first international Scout gathering— for them to be able to think for themselves and to be the first world Scout jamboree. On the last night of The Brownsea Island experiment was a success, and B-P able to act as scouts for their units. He chronicled his this jamboree, B-P was proclaimed Chief Scout of published his Scouting for Boys—the first Boy Scout Handbook— training ideas in a small book called Aids to Scouting. the World. the following year.
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