Over 28 million Scouts worldwide celebrate; thousands attending CJ'07 are
honoured with the presence of Lord Robert Baden-Powell's great-grandson,
MILLE-ISLES, QC, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Nearly 8,000 youth and volunteers
are joining in a worldwide Scouting Sunrise Ceremony this morning from the
11th Canadian Jamboree (CJ'07). Thousands of other Canadian Scouts are also
participating in the Ceremony from a myriad of locations from coast to coast.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Scouting, a kudu horn is being heard on
August 1st at 8:00 a.m., local time in 155 countries around the world. Scouts
gather together to renew their Promise in the second century of Scouting.
Never before have so many Scouts been "together" at the same moment.
At the Canadian Jamboree, near Mille-Isles, the horn is being blown by
Lord Robert Baden-Powell's great-grandson, Adam Baden-Clay.
The blowing of the horn is historically significant as it echoes the
sound made 100 years ago by the Founder of the Scouting Movement,
Baden-Powell, as he summoned some 20 Scouts together on Brownsea Island. From
this small camp in the U.K. sprang the beginnings of a Movement that would
span a hundred years and unite millions of young people around the world.
"How wonderful to see so many young people living our great Founder's
dream of Scouting, keeping this amazing Movement thriving, and in better shape
than ever, a full century after its inception," said Adam Baden-Clay.
"Scouting was developed in part to bridge the divide between different
cultures, races and religions, and in so doing, to produce a worldwide
brotherhood of young people. It is encouraging and inspiring to see this
vision in action here at CJ'07, and to witness the spirit of friendship and
understanding that exists between Scouts of all backgrounds."
Following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Adam Baden-Clay has
been an avid Scouter since the age of 8, and has participated in international
Scouting programs in Australia and Switzerland. Adam recently moved to Canada
from Australia with his wife and fellow Scouter, Nicole Baden-Clay. As brand
new members of Scouts Canada, they are very excited about joining the
adventure of Canadian Scouting!
"We are thrilled to have Adam with us at this memorable time. August 1st
is a significant and emotional day for Scouts and former Scouts," said Chris
von Roretz, Deputy Camp Chief. "We gather together to remember how Scouting
was founded, what it has become, and all that it has accomplished in making us
better citizens, as we welcome the dawn of the next century of Scouting."
"Over 100 years, the faces that represent Scouting may have changed but
its key principles endure," said Hollie Fletcher, Deputy Camp Chief. "Scouts
learn to be leaders, self-sufficient, environmentally astute, and wise in
their use of resources. We also gain self-esteem and become active in
providing community service."
The Scouting Sunrise Ceremony of this morning also marks the last day of
the Canadian Jamboree at Tamaracouta Scout Reserve. Over the last eight days,
Canadian and International Scouts have joined together in a spirit of world
brotherhood and friendship, overcoming barriers of language and differences in
custom, race and religion.
"Jamborees are a major event in the life of a Scout," said Hollie
Fletcher. "Jamborees contribute to the proliferation of Scouting spirit,
turning thoughts into action. Scouting projects strive to make a difference.
Canadian Scouts have planted over 85 million trees in Canada since the 1920s;
we participate in community-building projects in developing countries; and we
still do good turns every day. Our Scouting youth should be proud of our
achievements and the outstanding contributions we make to creating a better
Canada, and a better world."
About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada is the country's leading youth organization offering
exciting outdoor adventure for boys and girls, and young men and women, ages
5 to 26, in communities across Canada. Through its recreational, social,
environmental, and community development programs, Scouting teaches youth
about the active role they can play in helping to create a better world. Over
78,000 young people enjoy Scouts Canada's programs which are provided by over
24,000 caring and dedicated volunteers.
Throughout 2007, the Scouting Movement marks its Centennial in
155 countries around the world. Since its founding in 1907, over half a
billion young people from virtually every country and culture have enjoyed
Scouting activities. Today, more than 28 million youth participate in Scouting
worldwide. For more information please visit: www.scouts.ca and
For further information:
For further information: Heidi Vincent, Director of Communications,
Scouts Canada, (613) 224-5131 ext. 271, firstname.lastname@example.org; For media
accreditation to visit the Canadian Jamboree site and to arrange for
interviews and pictures: Thérèse Beaulieu, CJ'07 Communications Manager,
Onsite at the Jamboree until August 1, 2007 (450) 560-8859,