Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell was a British Army officer, author, artist, founder of the Scout Movement and Girl Guides, and the first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association. He served in the Army for over thirty years, wrote many books on the military and scouting among other topics, and founded the Scouting Movement that is now in numerous countries around the world with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Robert Stephenson Smyth Powell was born in 1857 in Paddington, London, England. His father died in 1860 and his mother changed his and his siblings’ name to Baden-Powell. He attended Charterhouse, which was a prestigious public school. He joined the military in 1876. He rose in the ranks, was involved in some scandals, but also honed his scouting skills. In 1884, he published Reconnaissance and Scouting. He worked in India, Africa, and at home, including work on his writing, art, and for the military.
In 1903, he returned to England and found his published work Aids to Scouting was being used by youth organizations. He had had experience with a Boys’ Brigade while in the military and decided to rewrite his book with youth in mind. In 1907, he had a camp on Brownsea Island to test out his ideas with about twenty boys. Scouting for Boys was then published in 1908. Boys’ and girls’ groups started the Scouting Movement. His sister, Agnes, formalized the Girl Scouts in 1910. His friend, Juliette Gordon Low, founded the Girl Scouts of the USA. Now over 30 countries and over 3 million people participate in scouting.
Baden-Powell married a much younger woman, Olave St Clair Soames, in 1912. In 1939, the couple moved to Kenya. Robert Baden-Powell died there in 1941. He is buried there and the Kenyan government has declared his grave a national monument. He has been given many awards and is still regarded as one of the Greatest Britons. Honors have been awarded to him from multiple countries.
Baden-Powell wanted everyone to have a happy life. He said for everyone to be happy they needed to learn, be their best, and give happiness to other people. “Look on the bright side of things” and ” try and leave this world a little better than you found it.” “Be prepared…and stick to your Scout Promise…”. Be inspired! Have a bright day!