Fellowship and Gratitude

“The Brownes of Bendarroch were one of those families who lived to help other people, and the good work they did for our village can never be properly estimated…”

“When the Boy Scouts were instituted, Mary at once formed a troop and became a scoutmaster…” “Mary also set up a troop of Girl Guides after that movement started in the UK in 1910.”

The above information was gleaned from research by Helensburgh Heritage Trust director Alistair McIntyre.

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To make some nook of God’s creation a little fruitfuller, better, more worthy of God – to make some human hearts a little wiser manfuller happier…it is a work for God.  This original quotation by T. Carlyle is dated 1855. This grave is located in Faslane Cemetery at , Argyll & Bute, Scotland

When the World Scout Emblem was introduced in 1908 it wGarelocheadas in the shape of a fleur-de-lis arrowhead. The symbol was chosen by Robert Baden-Powell as a reminder of the arm badge of ‘reconnaissance scouts’ who served in the British Army. The addition of 2 five-pointed stars in the wings made the emblem unique to Scouting and therefore copyrighted. Each of the ten points symbolised one of ten Scout Laws.

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Baden-Powell later introduced the Thanks badge with the fleur-de-lis superimposed on a swastika. It was worn in various forms until 1935 and was recognized as a badge of fellowship among Scouts all over the world. It was offered as a token of gratitude.

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“I want specially to remind Scouts to keep their eyes open and never fail to spot anyone wearing this badge. It is their duty then to go up to such a person, make the scout sign, and ask if they can be of service to the wearer.” Robert Baden-Powell.

Although the swastika is synonymous with the German Nazi party and Hitler, it has been in use in many forms for 5000 years. The word is composed of two words in Sanskrit, “Su” (good) and “Asati” (to exist) which means “May good prevail.” Originally a symbol of good fortune, peace and prosperity, its true meaning was desecrated by the Nazis.

 

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