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Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas

Swedish Boy Scout at the Rally.

But they could do other things, too, as they proved next day at the rally. This took place on a big open sports ground. The Crown Prince and Princess of Sweden were there to see them (the Crown Princess is our Princess Margaret, daughter of H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught). Their Royal Highnesses are tremendously interested in the Scouts, and watched all that they did most keenly.

Good Turns Done by Swedish Scouts I heard many reports of the good work done by Swedish Scouts. Here is one.

A poorly paid working-man in Gothenburg found himself in great difficulties recently through his wife and two children being suddenly taken ill with diphtheria and removed to the hospital. He himself had to go to his work at the factory all day, but he had one of the children left on his hands, as well as the home to look after.

He got the wife of one of his neighbours to do this for one day; the next he came back home during the dinner-hour to see how things were going on, and he found his home all cleaned and tidied up, and a strange boy sitting on the floor playing with his child, while another was still finishing the cleaning-up work.

When he asked who they were, they explained that they were Boy Scouts, and, having heard that he was wanting help in his home, they had come to give it. You can imagine how grateful he was, especially as the Scouts kept on at the work for over two weeks until the mother had got well and returned to take charge. One of those boys was the son of a rich man, while the other, his comrade, was quite a poor lad.

The Danes

In Denmark the Boy Scouts are strong in numbers, and keen and good at their work. Those of Copenhagen gave a rally in my honour, and twenty troops paraded and gave very good shows of scoutwork, each troop doing its own in turn. They seemed very good, especially in their cooking.

There were two very smart troops of Girl Guides also present at the parade, who cooked, too. The consequence was that when I began tasting some of their good dishes, I had to go and taste all, so that when the time came for the official dinner I had to attend in the evening I was already so “crowded” that I could not eat any of it!

When I drove away from the parade-ground after it was over, the Scouts and the Girl Guides made an avenue, crossing their staves overhead, through which I drove in my motor-car.

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