100th Anniversary of the Boy Scout movement

Radio 4’s Today programme covered a story this morning about 40,000 Scouts meeting up for a camp in Essex to celebrate 100 years of Baden Powell’s formation of the Boy Scouts.

It followed a story on the show about paedophiles attempts to infiltrate children’s online networks and how parents need to be vigilant to their children’s online activities.

Other than thinking how Scouting is probably one of the relatively few remaining nationally organised children’s groups that can provide an alternate outlets for kids to be dragged away from their computers, I also pondered how Baden Powell would have fared in the current climate if he had suggested taking a group of boys away to go camping in the woods, none of whom were his children. i.e. in a climate where Parents are refused permission to take pictures of their children at school events because of who might see them subsequently.

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