Founder’s Day

Baden-Powell was born Feb. 22, 1857, which is more than 150 years ago. Scouts worldwide — roughly 30 million in 161 countries — celebrate his birthday each year as Founder’s Day.

World Thinking Day is a celebration of ten million girls worldwide that has taken place on every 22 February since 1926. It remains a day for all Guides and Girl Scouts to think of each other and celebrate their sisters all around the world.

‘World Thinking Day’ at the 30th world conference in Dublin in 1999 when delegates chose a new name to more clearly emphasise the global nature of the celebration. World Thinking Day remains one of the most important dates in the guiding calendar, and every year the theme of the event encourages members to think about the big issues affecting them and their global community. Previous World Thinking Days have tackled the subjects of poverty, gender inequality, environmental sustainability and access to education.

A portrait of Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts.

This is a wood burning project just finished on feb. 22, 2021 Birth Day of Scouting founder Robet baden powell. This is a highly skilled example of the lost art of pyrography (wood burning). Probably made by Mr.D.L.Chaminda Dahanayaka. Pyrography or pyrogravure is the free handed art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning. Pyrography is also popular among gourd crafters and artists, where designs are burned onto the exterior of a dried hard-shell gourd.

Scouts to plant 100,000 trees on Baden Powell Day 2021

Scouts will celebrate the 164th Birth Anniversary of their Founder Lord Baden Powell today February 22 by planting trees. Scouts covering 37 Scout Districts will undertake this project by planting trees in their homes or in their family homes or in their schools. All former Scouts are also invited to join this project.

The official Inauguration will take place in Colombo today at 10.30 a.m. from President’s House with the planting of the first Tree by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President and Chief Scout of Sri Lanka in the presence of the Chief Commissioner Major Gen. Milinda Peiris, President of Sri Lanka Scout Association Merille Goonetilleke, Janaprith Fernando Deputy Chief Commissioner and World Scout Committee member, Chairman of the Committee of the Scout Council Kapila KalyanaPerera and other Senior Commissioners.

District Commissioners are organizing District level events to celebrate the Founder’s Day with Tree Planting and various other celebration events.

75,000 scouts comprising Singithi Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts are expected to participate and achieve the target of 100,000.

Every Tree planted will have to be uploaded to the ‘Thuru Mobile application under Sri Lanka Scout Association. Continuous assessment will be done to ensure the plants are looked after. An e-certificate will be issued during Earth Hour celebrations which falls on 29th March to all scouts who plant trees.

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Best performing Districts will be evaluated during Stevens Day in June 2021. Scouts who have looked after their plants for one year will be issued with a certificate during BP Day Celebrations in 2022.

How will you celebrate? Perhaps with a B-P-themed Scoutmaster’s Minute or a campfire story? Share your ideas below.