• 17 April 2024

Scouting in the Thirties

1930    Third National Rover Scout Moot held at Auchengillan, Glasgow Scouts’ Camping Ground.

B-P visited Blackpool for the Scout County Rally.   He stayed with the Birley Family at their home in Wrea Green, Lancashire. (Now The Villa Restaurant.)

B-P and Lady B-P unveiled the ‘Royal Scot’ Class Locomotives (Type 4-6-0)  The Boy Scout and The Girl Guide in Euston Station, London.

1931    First World Rover Moot held at Kandersteg, Switzerland.

B-P made a Doctor of Laws at Cambridge University.

1932    The Gang’s All Here, the first London Gang Show, produced by Ralph Reader.

1933    Fourth World Scout Jamboree held in the Royal Forest of Gödöllö in Hungary.  34 Nations were represented by 25,792 Scouts.  The weather was excellent.

Scouters and Guiders Cruise organised by Lady B-P on the S.S. Calgaric to Holland, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

1934    First National Scout Service held in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for holders of the King’s Scout Badge and Scout Gallantry Awards.

Scouters and Guiders Cruise on the S.S. Adriatic in the Mediterranean visiting Gibraltar, France, Malta, Algeria and Portugal.

1935    The Scouts arranged the Chain of Beacons to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V.   The first of 1,775 Beacons in the chain was lit in Hyde Park on 6th May at 10pm by H.M. King George V.   One Beacon after another quickly followed throughout the United Kingdom.   In Lancashire one of the Beacons was near Garstang and another was lit on Beacon Fell.

First of six Train Cruises organised by The Scout.

Second World Rover Moot held at Ingarö in Sweden.

B-P visited Nyeri in Kenya on his way to the South Africa Jamboree.

Thanks Badge redesigned to replace the Swastika.

1936    First production of Boy Scout in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Lord Somers appointed Deputy Chief Scout.

Great Tower Camping Ground, the gift of William Wakefield, opened by B-P.

1937    B-P attended the first All-India Jamboree in Delhi.

Scouts on duty at the Coronation of H.M. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

B-P received the Order of Merit.

Fifth World Scout Jamboree held at Vogelenzang in Holland.  28,750 Scouts from 54 nations took part.

R.R.S. Discovery  transferred from the Colonial Office to the Scout Association.

The Royal Command Performance included The Gang Show.

B-P travelled to Nyeri in Kenya for the winter before returning to his home, Pax Hill in Bentley.

1938    Boy Scout Fund launched at the Mansion House.

Scouters and Guiders Cruise on the S.S. Orduna to Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Belgium.

B-P left England for the last time to retire to his bungalow in the grounds of the Outspan Hotel at Nyeri in Kenya.  He christened his new home Paxtu (Pax the Second) Tu in Swahili means complete, therefore Paxtu means Complete Peace.

Death of Hubert Martin; he was second only to B-P in his contribution to the international development of Scouting.

1939    First Scouts’ Soap Box Derby  took place at Brooklands Race Track.

Third World Rover Moot held at Monzie in Scotland.

Scouts volunteer for War duties.  National Service Badge introduced.

Admiralty ask Scouts to volunteer for Convoy Signaller duties.