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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

Olave Baden-Powell Game


The Girls choose a place in the meeting area.   Each Guide is given a word and an action that they will complete on hearing that word.  The Article following is read out with the chosen actions and noises are made.

Note in a flexiable aged meeting time the older guides can buddy with with the Younger Guides.  For a great effect try to alter the partners so that one time they are scattered other times playing the game they are partnered together.

OLAVE : The Clipping of Gernaniums on the Palace Roof top.  Sound: Clip, Clip clip

ROBERT : riding a horse   Sound Clip clop, clip clop.

Lady Baden-Powell : A Guide Salute (pointing verticle)

Lord Baden-Powell : A Scout Salute. (pointing towards the head)

Girl Guide or Girl Scout and WAGGGS : In the air draw the Trefoil Symbol

Movement : Flag flying Sound : gentle wind rustling the flying World Flag into action.

World:  Everyone try and place their left hand together in the center of a circle formation.

OLAVE BADEN-POWELL

A Great Lady — Our Great Inspiration

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) grew up from its infancy under the care, commitment and tireless leadership of Olave, Lady Baden-Powell. Few organisations as large have been so united in their respect and love for their leader — but then few have been lucky enough to have a leader like ‘Lady B.-P.’, as she was affectionately called.

A Sheltered life

Robert Baden-Powell married Olave St Clair Soames in 1912.

Robert had an active and successful army career, and had travelled exten­sively.

Olave, at 23, had led what she later described as a happy, shel­tered but completely useless life. It was the beginning of a career in which Olave would become known as the world’s most travelled woman.

The couple made their home at Pax Hill, Hampshire, England. The house soon became a meeting place for members and supporters of the two Movements founded by Lord Baden-Powell.

At Pax Hill, even while raising a family, Lady Baden-Powell took a keen interest in her husband’s work and accompanied him on many visits. After the birth of their third child in 1917 Olave became officially involved with the Girl Guides. Olaves involvement began in England, but with the Movement spreading at a tremen­dous rate across the world, she was soon to become an international figure, inspiring enthusiasm and affection wherever she went.

Husband and wife team

After forming the International Council in 1919, Lady Baden-Powell’s life became packed with activity, travelling and speaking to members all over the world. Lord Baden-Powell was of course doing exactly the same with the Scout Movement, and this famous hus­band and wife team worked together during the period which Olave later recalled as a very memor­able one … ‘the late ’20s and the early ’30s really saw us reach the peak of work together as husband and wife in the service of our brother and sister Movements.’

World Chief Guide

In 1930, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts unanimously voted Lady Baden-Powell World Chief Guide. Olave continued to devote her seemingly endless energy to promoting the interests of girls all round the world, even though sadly in 1941 Olave lost her husband.

Rare honours for a rare lady

In a gruelling schedule which most would have found physically impossible to sustain, Lady Baden-Powell visited 111 countries in all — many on several occasions — and flew over half a million miles. olave made hundreds of thousands of platform appearances and she broadcast or appeared on tele­vision in every country she visited.

Wherever she went, Lady Baden-Powell was given a reception which testified to the respect and affec­tion in which she was held. Olave was made a Dame Grand Cross by her own country. Olave was given the freedom of cities the world over, and rare honours were bestowed on her by heads of state. These honors include such glittering awards as the Orders of The Sun of Peru, The White Rose of Finland, The Ducal Crown of Oaks of Luxembourg, The Silver Phoenix of Greece, The Sacred Treasure of Japan and The Silver Lion of Kenya. Her last inter­national award came from the United Nations (FAO), which gave her the Ceres medal in recognition of the world-wide services carried out by the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement under her leadership.

The will to cherish an ideal

Travel had to cease when in 1970 she was found to be suffering dia­betes. Although she then had to fol­low a strict regime, Olave never ceased to inspire and strengthen WAGGGS. People came to her now. from all countries, old friends, strangers, of all ages and nationalities. Letters poured in” each day — and each one was answered with an encouraging reply.

Olave, Lady Baden-Powell died in 1977 at 88 years of age, but the memory of her life and personality continues to inspire the millions of hearts and minds which make up the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Movement. The following words, written shortly after her death, best convey the lasting gift she brought us: Her great and lasting achieve­ment was to give to the young people with whom she came into contact the will to cherish an ideal and the courage and determination to seek to fulfil it.

Every girl guide and girl scout
seeking the true meaning of the
threefold Promise needs to look no
further than Olave Baden-Powell.
In every sense she kept her Promise.


Altered slightly from Guiding in Australia, December 1988                  3

April 22, 2010 - Posted by | 100 Years of Guiding, Find-out-about, Lord Baden- Powell, Lord Baden-Powell, play, WAGGGS, World Flag | , ,

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