• 30 May 2024

Scouting in the Seventies

1970    Bob-a-Job Week fund-raising scheme renamed Scout Job Week.

Queen’s Guides joined the annual parade of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Girl Guide Movement’s Diamond Jubilee Year.

World Scout Membership reached 12,035,452.

1971    New World Membership Badge worn by British Scouts.

The Scouter, formerly the Boy Scouts’ Headquarters’ Gazette, renamed Scouting.

The 13th World Scout Jamboree held on the Asagiri Heights in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan.  23,758 Scouts attended from 87 countries.  The Jamboree Theme was For Understanding.

1972    Sir William Gladstone Bt, DL, MA, appointed Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Branches.

The Queen attended the 40th Anniversary year production of Ralph Reader’s Gang Show.

World Scout Membership reached 13,110,259.

1973    Chief Scout, Sir William Gladstone, visited the County Rally at Waddecar.

Ralph Reader visited the Blackpool Gang Show.

1974    The re-organisation of Local Government changed many Scout County boundaries.

Ralph Reader presented the final London Gang Show and then retires.

The Scout Association’s National Headquarters moved from 25 Buckingham Palace Road to temporary offices at Baden-Powell House while a purpose-built office extension was added to the Hostel.

1975    Scouts presented a cheque to the R.N.L.I. to pay for a new lifeboat to be named The Scout.

The 14th World Scout Jamboree was held in Lillehammer, Norway.  There were 17,259 Scouts representing over 90 countries.  The Jamboree Theme was Five Fingers, One Hand which symbolised the five hosts, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden (who combined to organise the Jamboree) and the five World Scout regions.

1976    Cub Scouts’ Diamond Jubilee Year.

Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide visited the new National Scout Headquarters at Baden-Powell House.  It was built adjoining the Hostel.

Girls formally allowed to join Venture Scouts.

Olave, Lady Baden-Powell attended the 50th Gilwell Reunion.

The Queen officially opened the new National Headquarters.

1977    Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal supported by the sale of a joint Guide and Scout Badge.

Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide and wife of the Founder, died on 25th June, aged 88.

The Queen named the R.N.L.I. lifeboat The Scout at Hartlepool.

1978    Scouts appeared in the Royal Tournament at Earls Court, London for the first time.

Scouts from over 2,000 Groups responded to the B.B.C.’s appeal to support Tune-a-Radio Week by helping elderly people to re-tune their radios.

1979    The planned World Scout Jamboree in Iran was cancelled due to the political situation.

The World Committee declared 1979 as World Jamboree Year.  100,000 Scouts participated in 38 Mini-Jamborees and 3 International Scout Camps. For the first time girls participated.

Cub Scouts launch Cub Country to fund community projects in Nepal.

Scouts cook the world’s largest sausage (2 miles long) at the Great Children’s Party in Hyde Park, London to celebrate the International Year of the Child.

Earl Mountbatten, Commodore of the Sea Scouts, murdered by the IRA.