Sadly a lot of that legacy is lost to us. He died more than 20 years ago, long before my sons were old enough for Scouting, so I never was able to find out much about his Scouting experiences.
But I did discover a treasure tucked away in my basement – an old leather-bound travel journal he kept of his trip to the 1933 World Jamboree. He would have been about 18 at that time (very close to my son’s age) and fortunately, they were much better about documenting things back in those days, so he kept lots of notes and pictures of his entire trip.
Some of his notes are humdrum everyday stuff (lots of stuff about dinner for some reason!), but some are real glimpses into history. He mentioned, for example that Germany had recently disbanded their Scout program in favor of the Hitler Youth, so they were in para-military style uniforms rather than typical Scout uniforms. He frequently mentioned seeing Baden-Powell around the encampment and he managed to snap a photo of him. This was his next-to-last Jamboree before Baden-Powell’s death in 1941.
I scanned this photo and sent it to the man who runs the blog of Baden-Powell’s history. He confirmed that this is on horseback, left to right: J.W. Wilson, Gilwell Park Camp Chief, Lord Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World, Count Teleki Pal, Jamboree Camp Chief and later Prime Minister of Hungary. They were inspecting the company of assembled Scouts.
This isn’t one of my father’s photos, but it’s a much better shot of Baden-Powell at the Jambo. I’m going to have to work on preserving this precious legacy my father left us. After 80 years, many of the pages are already yellowing and crumbling, but it’s great to see the parallels between his life and my son’s life and see all of the interesting things he had done.
Author: Adrian | AdriansCrazyLife.com. Adrian is a blogger who is passionate about helping parents with parenting tips, managing their finances, and organizing their homes. She has a full-time job in the financial industry and is part of the leadership of Troop 411 at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Sandy, UT.