Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Scouting on the Tweed; Looking Back with Di Millar

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Scouting on the Tweed; Looking Back with Di Millar

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BORN in London in February 1857 Robert (later Lord) Baden Powell served as a Lieutenant- General in the British Army and fought in the Boer War.

He wrote a scouting book for boys and started the scouting movement in 1907. In 1910 he retired from the army to devote his time to the Boy Scout Association which was granted a charter by the British Parliament in the same year and was incorporated in 1912.

Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell, who visited Australia in 1912, 1927, 1931 and 1934, died in January 1941.

Scouting was seen as a wonderful way for boys to socialise, work together, develop the right attitude and acquire skills that would be useful throughout life. The movement started in Australia in 1908 and each state was answerable to the movement's London headquarters. In 1922 the separate state branches formed a national body which later appointed an Australian Commissioner.

In 1924 a decision was made by Twin Towns citizens to form a Boy Scout group and by early July a committee was appointed to manage the Tweed Heads Boy Scout Troop.

Mr E Kemp was appointed president with vice presidents being Messrs D R Brown and T C Watters. Mr D J Fox filled the role of honorary secretary on a temporary basis and Mr R G Mason acted as honorary treasurer. The men commenced a public campaign to further the interests of the movement in the border towns and soon considerable interest was being taken in the troop. Mr J W Grieve took over as secretary, Mr R A Walker became vice-president and additional officers were appointed. Mr W R Greenwood became trustee and Messrs J Cahill, P Fairchild, W H Tomkins and A Morley were appointed examiners. A football was presented to the troop by Mr Walker and Mr Frank Caldwell promised that the Tweed Heads Band would give assistance when it was needed.

In August 1924 the Tweed Heads Boy Scout Troop received a green banner from England which was mounted and presented to the troop at a public function.

On Monday, 23 March, 1931 a party of Boy Scouts left Tweed Heads for Brisbane under the care of assistant scoutmaster Harvey Hartmann to join in the welcome to Chief Scout Lord Baden Powell. …

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