Collectible English Boy Scouts Tan Leather Belt Buckle Motto Be Prepared
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- 1 Curious Collectible Original English Boy Scouts 1950's Boys Tan Leather Belt Buckle Motto Be Prepared.
- Made from fine tan leather with metal links and buckle.
- What is really interesting is there is indistinct writing on the inside of the belt, it could be the original owners address or a secret message?
- Upon hearing the Scout motto, someone asked Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell the inevitable follow-up question. “Prepared for what?” “Why, for any old thing,” he replied.
- In 1907, Baden-Powell, an English soldier, devised the Scout motto: Be Prepared. He published it in Scouting for Boys in 1908. (Two years later, in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded.)
- In Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell wrote that to Be Prepared means “you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.”
- More than a century later, preparedness is still a cornerstone of Scouting. Through its fun, values-based program, Scouting prepares young people for life.In the late 1900s, Baden-Powell wanted young people equipped to react quickly to an emergency.
- The Great War loomed, and soon the Boy Scouts — not a military organization but a service-minded one — would be called upon to play their part.
- “Their keen eyes were added to the watchers along the coasts,” Winston Churchill wrote in a piece published in Scouting magazine in 1955. “In the air raids we saw the spectacle of children of 12 and 14 performing with perfect coolness and composure the useful function assigned to them in the streets and public offices.”
- But Baden-Powell wasn’t just thinking about first aid and wartime emergencies when he coined the motto. This is from the 13th/latest edition of the Boy Scout Handbook:
- His idea was that Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and strong leaders and to bring joy to other people. He wanted each Scout to be ready in mind and body and to meet with a strong heart whatever challenges await him.We provide our clients with friendly professional expert customer service.
- In the first edition of Scouting for Boys (1908) Baden-Powell referred to the Scout’s Badge as an arrow head. He said
- The Scout’s badge is the arrow head, which shows the north on a map or on the compass. It is the badge of the scout in the Army because he shows the way: so to a peace Scout shows the way in doing his duty and helping others.Following criticisms that the symbol was too militaristic Baden-Powell renamed the symbol after the heraldic fleur-de-lis, a stylised lily symbolic of peace and purity.
- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used well worn condition.
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Dimensions in centimetres approximate
Width of buckle (8cm)
Total length (86cm)