WORLD SCOUT SCARF DAY
Each year on August 1, scouts across the world celebrate World Scout Scarf Day. This day is for all active and former scout members to showcase their scout pride by wearing their yellow scarfs in public.
In 1904, Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell was at ill-ease about the state of youth in Britain. As an honored veteran, Baden-Powell witnessed how young, youthful boys were “drifting into hooliganism for want of guiding hands to set them on the right road.” Eventually, these troubling behaviors led him to start the thought process of making Britain’s youth more responsible and productive.
By 1907, Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell implemented his ideas. After finding 22 young boys from different backgrounds, the group set out on a nine-day adventure. Through example and instruction, Baden-Powell taught chivalry and patriotism to the boys. Off the coast of Poole Harbor, England, on Brownsea Island, Baden-Powell began to teach boys basics life skill through activities. By the time the excursion was over, each boy was proficient in first aid, camping, survival skills, and loyalty.
Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell was aware his program would be successful. His assumption that everyone would be “interested in the development of manliness and good citizenship among the rising generation” was obviously successful. As a result, the program became what we now know as the Boy Scouts.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD SCOUT SCARF DAY
Attending a scouting jamboree is a great way to celebrate and show support for scouts in all organizations. All active and former scout members should wear their scout scarfs in public to show support that “Once a Scout! Always a Scout!” Post on social media using #ScoutScarfDay to celebrate the scout in your life! Don’t forget to wear your scarf!
HISTORY OF WORLD SCOUT SCARF DAY
Our research indicates Scarf Day began in 2007. August 1 commemorates the completion of the first scout camp on Brownsea Island held in 1907. Visit Scout.org for more information about scouting activities in your area.