Saturday, September 5, 2009

100 Years Young

. Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Girl Guides
The BBC reports: "Thousands of people across the United Kingdom are now gathering to celebrate the centenary of The Girl Guiding Movement. More than half a million girls and their guests are taking part in parties, Girlguiding UK said. About 8,000 Guides, Brownies and Rainbows were today gathering at this event in Manchester's Heaton Park. Some 7,000 were due at London's Crystal Palace, where a group of young girls asked Lord Robert Baden-Powell for their own movement at a Scout Rally in 1909. A century after the youngsters urged him to offer "something for the girls", Girlguiding UK said it is still going strong. One in four eight-year-old girls in the United Kingdom is a Brownie and almost half of all British women have been involved at some stage in their lives. It has about 45,000 girls waiting to join." Details about the celebrations: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

(Image 1) The Girl Guides 1910
Girl Guides: The girls soon demanded the right to serve a King and Country too.

The 1909 Rally
"The very first Scout Rally, held in 1909 at The Crystal Palace in London, attracted 11,000 boys and a number of girls. Scouting developed largely spontaneously in response to 'Scouting For Boys' but the 1909 Rally led to a more formal organization under the leadership of its founder. Robert Baden-Powell called for a Rally in London at the suggestion of King Edward VII." More.

(Image 1) King George 1920
Boy Scouts: The Scout Rally tradition is continued in London by King George V.

The Sea Scouts
"In 1909, two years after The Scout Movement was founded, the idea of sea scouting was talked about at a campfire where Robert Baden-Powell voiced the hope that older Scouts would be interested in learning about boat management and seamanship. He stressed the need for young men to prepare themselves for service on their countries ships. 'Sea Scouting' was introduced by Robert Baden-Powell and brother Warington Baden-Powell - sailor and canoe sailing investor."

"Robert Baden-Powell personally held a Scout Camp at Buckler's Hard on The Beaulieu River in Hampshire in August 1909 which marked the start of The Sea Scouts, although Sea Scouts were not officially named as such until 1912. In celebration of the 100 years of Sea Scouts, a special Jamboree was held at The National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. The Jamboree was run over one week in August which coincided with the original camp, 100 years ago." More.


Asiaticus said...

I'm sorry but however much i'm an "imperialist" i have never be able to associate this subversive association with any good. The founder himself is a doubtful person who should never have been in charge of children of any kind. And look now at the sultry camps of degenerations which they have become: swindling, buggery and so forth. I'm really sorry if i offend the feelings of old Scouts, but my general experience has been: scratch a scout, and you find the blandest, dullest, most compliant and unimaginative human being on earth second only to the average US citizen.

Anonymous said...

Scouting, by far, is the greatest youth movement in the world. I've been a Scout leader for over 20 years here in the States, and I consider it to be among the proudest accomplishments of my entire life. Thousands of giving, unselfish adult give millions of hours to help develop the future leaders of tomorrow, not just here, but throughout the world. Have there been problems, sure there have, but that is true of any and all organizations. I don't believe there is anything "subversive" about Scouting and I totally disagree, meaning no disrespect to you, with your opinion of Lord Baden-Powell.

Lord Best said...

I have mixed feelings about the Scout movement myself. Great history, certainly, but here in Australia sadly lacking in spirit. I joined up as a young lad full of Jungle Book and similar adventure stories, well the most adventuresome thing we did was visit McDonalds. Oh, we did have some camps at a farm which were incescriabably dull.

Neil Welton said...

I can't really comment - I was in the Combined Cadet Force. By definition I should be even more bland, dull and compliant. A brainwashed numpty.

God Save The Queen!

God Bless The Prince Of Wales!

Hang on a moment, I think Asiaticus has a point.

"...scratch a scout, and you find the blandest, dullest, most compliant and unimaginative human being on earth second only to the average US citizen..."

That is being really harsh - on Scouts.

Americans are a bit like speak your weight machines. Encounter one, have a listen and you know millions of others will respond just the same - unless, of course, your weight changes or you take some of your clothes off. I used to love speak your weight machines too. Admired them, thought they were great and thought their contribution to our world was unique. Gone off them lately, can't find a sensible one anywhere.

I have just googled 'lord robert baden powell sexuality' (as you do on a Sunday). Found this. This is pretty shocking stuff. If it is true. If it is true, remember this - times have changed.

Saying that, nothing wrong with just being a homosexual. In a secular setting I actually accept homosexuality and view it as equally valid. The Church is more difficult - for current practical reasons. For I haven't been invited to a gay marriage yet, not even to a secular one. If anybody wants to do so, feel free. I'm looking forward to going to one - be a hoot. Some of my friends are homosexuals, one even asked me if I felt the same way. He was confused, we were young. The best gays, just as in "normal" friendship, have great personalities and are always "in your face". Mind you, the less said about the latter the better. :-)

Premodern Bloke said...

There is no such thing as "secular".

Neil Welton said...

I think secularists would disagree. :-)

For the purposes of a serious debate (as opposed to just abuse in order to wind people up - which I admit I have been doing on purpose over the past few days) here is my definition of secular.

Secular is defined as "not concerned with or related to religion. Not within the control of the Church. Not bound by religious affinities".

That's a pretty standard academic definition.

I just fail to see how there's no such thing as "secular". Please explain the basis of your theory. We can then perhaps proceed further.

Premodern Bloke said...

I was not trying to wind anyone up. I simply don't accept sacred/secular distinctions. As Abraham Kuyper said, "There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence
over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all,
does not cry: 'Mine!'"

Thus, there is nothing to which religion is not concerned. And to the point raised, it is particularly concerned with things like not accepting homosexuality as "equally valid".

Religious values are not limited to the activities of the Church proper. Individuals are the temple in which the Spirit dwells and wherever they go, and in whatever they occupy themselves, Jesus is to be Lord. Every single thing they do is "bound by religious affinities".

All of life is Sacred.

Premodern Bloke said...

In an attempt to stay with the topic at hand, Scouting was particularly effective after WWI when so many young boys were left without fathers. Many an urchin was saved from life on the street and given disciplined training of mind, body, and soul.

Alas, as with all many public organizations, the state has stepped in and attempted to impose its egalitarian and humanistic social engineering programs onto the organization with the all too typical results.

Sir Edward Heath said...

"I simply don't accept sacred/secular distinctions."

I think that gets to the heart of matter. It gets to the heart of something very important about this blog. Concerning private belief.

You do not accept a belief system, but others do.

Not necessarily me.

Anyway, I've been e-mailed by Beaverbrook and informed that my contributions on this blog are no longer welcome. It appears I have "offended" people with my recent "anti-American remarks". Ironic. I want you all to know this shall be my "last post" here. Finished. Finito. The end. For my work here is now complete. It's been good talking to you all. I've learnt a lot and I hope you've all learnt something from me in return.

It's been fun contributing here and correcting some of the "common" misconceptions about what campaigning for Monarchy is all about. It isn't about private political agendas or seeking a political or religious utopia. We all seek those things - but perhaps secular monarchists might disagree with some of your key policy areas. :-)

By being banned I guess I have made my general point. The importance of not offending people (secularist, gay, Muslim, liberal or Socialist) when campaigning for Monarchy. At the end of the day they all have votes too. Yet only the future will tell if I am right on this one. I just hope this does not mean that we lose the referendums.

Premodern Bloke said...


I was never personally offended by your anti-American pokes, and never complained to the "authorities" about them. I do admit that I could never get a handle on when you were serious or just stirring the pot but that is probably a deficit of the medium.

I too am not interested in perfectionistic utopias. That said, I would also reject the pragmatism of our age which says, "If it works, it must be good." A Monarchy that merely accommodates itself to the winds of change in order to remain "relevant" is no Monarchy worth preserving. I sometimes got the impression that this was your remedy. A grammatically challenged but wise person once said..."What you draw them with, is what you draw them to".

While mere repristination is never the goal, when things get off track, one must go back to where they got off track and resume the journey. The culture at large must return to some solid foundational truths so that the building can resume. In this day and age, people are going to be offended by even suggesting such things.

I wish that your parting sentiments would have been in the form of a formal post where you lay your cards on the table in a direct fashion, as I suggested in the comments previously. This may have led to a fruitful discussion.

You will be missed by this American royalist.

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear.

Jeff, when you say "Individuals are the temple in which the Spirit dwells and wherever they go, and in whatever they occupy themselves, Jesus is to be Lord. Every single thing they do is "bound by religious affinities". All of life is Sacred", I have an outlook that is somewhat similar, without the theistic tone. You think you've the only answer.

Further, you say "the state has stepped in and attempted to impose its egalitarian and humanistic social engineering programs"- obviously you are an American Republican. I won't say conservative, as so few of you are in reality. When the State is a Sovereign, do you have as much hate?

Monarchists come from every 'religious' belief and non-belief. Happily, when Monarchists move forward to improve our nations, your sort of pseudonationalist neoconservatism will be left behind to wonder what happened. With little surprise, this shall be the fate of the US as well.

Premodern Bloke said...

Actually, American Burkean Conservative. One who believes in:

An enduring moral order.
Custom, Convention, Continuity.
Prudent restraints upon power and upon human passions.

At least you are aware that there is no such thing as presuppositional neutrality.

Unknown said...

As a peaceful Irish Catholic republican, I am very uneasy with any sort of monarchism, as it seems to be partly based on a desire to grovel to those who hold power, and worship of those beautifully presented people who live in an exalted world.
Of course the better kings and queens in history have served the people well, while serving themselves better, pragmatism not nobility, nothing to revere there.
While admiring their beautiful carriages,flags, castles and jewels, it's helpful to remember at what cost to the decent "Subjects" these things came. Once we get into the habit of looking up to an elite, we can easily begin looking down on those furthest from them.
Finally, The American Boy Scouts are a marvellous organization, but they should distance themselves as far as possible from military veterans of the recent wars of greed.
In light of all the above, what is it others see in the Monarchy that I can't see? I'm sure there is something great there. Best wishes to all.

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Loyal Subject: MPs Ruse Defeated; God Save the Queen!
St. Paddy's Day: Edmund Burke, the greatest Irishman who ever lived
Not Amused: The Bunkum of Timothy Garton Ash
Hero Harry: Rave Reviews across the Commonwealth
Patriot Prince: Prince Harry fought for us all, Charles Moore
William F. Buckley, RIP: He had a Tory gratitude for the pleasures of life
Their Lordships' Duty: The House of Lords can influence the Lisbon Treaty debate
Knights of Oz: Revive Sirs or I'll have your guts for garters
Peter Hitchens: People love the Queen...and the BBC hates us for it
Our Greatest Monarch: Paul Johnson says Henry V was our greatest monarch
Princess Diana Inquest: A Dirty Raincoat Show for the World
Malcom Turnbull: 'Queen's death will spark republican vote'
Duke of York: The Royals are not "stuffed dummies". They should have their say
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Peter Hitchens: Get rid of the monarchy and you will get rid of a guardian of liberty
Honouring Sir Edmund Hillary
The Queen versus an E.U. President
Going Solo: Prince William earns his Wings
James C. Bennett: The Third Anglosphere Century
Knights of Oz: Revive Sirs or I'll have your guts for garters
Princess Diana Inquest: A Dirty Raincoat Show for the World
Malcom Turnbull: 'Queen's death will spark republican vote'
Future Peer: The life and times of Lady Victoria Beckham
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Peter Hitchens: Get rid of the monarchy and you will get rid of a guardian of liberty


New York Times: Ever Backwards into the Royal Future
Peter Hitchens: People love the Queen...and the BBC hates us for it
Christopher Hitchens: An Anglosphere Future
Andrew Cusack: Republicanism is a traitor's game
Courageous Patrician: Rt Hon Ian Douglas Smith (1919-2007)
The Last Rhodesian: What began with Rhodes and ended with Ian?
Gentleman Journalist: The Lord Baron W.F. Deedes, 1913-2007
Not Amused: Blair's sinister campaign to undermine the Queen
Loyal Subject: Queen Elizabeth: A stranger in her own country
Reverence Deference: Bowing and Scraping Back in Tradition
Rex Murphy: Kennedy, Churchill, Lincoln - The rousing bon mot is no more
Gerald Warner: Don't shed a tear for Diana cult in its death throes
The End of Grandeur: Rich, chincy Canada puts Strathmore on the blocks
Confessions of a Republican Leftie: "The Queen charmed the pants off me"
The King's Own Calgary Regiment: Cpl. Nathan Hornburg is laid to rest
The Royal Gurkha Rifles: Prince William grieves the death of Major Roberts
Queensland Mounted Rifles: Trooper David Pearce, 41, killed in Afghanistan
The Order of Canada: 100 investitures later, Canada's highest honour turns 40
Prince Edward on Prince Edward Island: Troop's link to monarchy important
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN: Unveils the UK Armed Forces Memorial
Great Britain: "A rotten borough with a banana monarchy" - by Europhile
Peers of the Realm: The decline and fall of the House of Lords - Charles A. Coulombe
Remembering 'Smithy': An obituary tour de force by Andrew Cusack here, here and here.
NOT AMUSED: Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Quebec not invited to Quebec's tercentenary