Residents at a local care home have been paying their tributes to Lord Baden Powell, founder of world-wide Scout Movement.
Upton Bay Care Home, of Hamworthy, Poole, opened their residents eyes to the establishment of both the Scouts and the Guides, founded in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden Powell.
The Scouts was formed on the basis of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, sports, and basic survival. Their motto, ‘Be Prepared’, still resonates throughout various programmes over the world today, from Tiger Cubs, Brownies, Rainbows and Girl Guides.
Upton Bay team member, Diane Stacey, has been part of the Girl Guide organisation most of her life. Starting out within the Guides as a young girl, establishing her role as Brown Owl today.
Over the past decades, Diane has stitched pieces of history into a ‘Campfire Blanket’, a traditional cape covered in badges and pins from various Scout and Guide groups over the last century.
A constant work in progress, the cape features skills and achievement badges in sports, survival, domestic skills, and interpersonal skills.
Residents studied each badge, taking great care of the one of a kind piece.
“I was a Brownie, and then a Girl Guide back in the 50’s. I met friends for life and was fortunate to share with them some amazing experiences,” said Margaret, resident at Upton Bay.
Diane commented, “The Scout motto, ‘I promise to do my best to be kind and helpful and to love our world’ is something that translates pretty well into the world of care.”