1st World Jamboree, 1920
Olympia, London, England

From: The Jamboree Book, 1920, Boy Scout Association

A Message from Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Chief Scout

BEGGING is what we discourage in our boys, and against it we ought to show the example ourselves; and though we have endeavoured, with some measure of success, to be self-supporting, the need of extension is so urgent that to wait for the ordinary slow increase of our means would be to court failure.

Fortunately, patriots are realising the possibilities which the Movement holds for the Nation. It is therefore a great joy to us, just as we are closing this book, to learn that there is a proposal on foot for the Nation to respond by offering a tribute from itself to the Movement in the form of an Endowment of £200,000. I cannot say how tremendously useful and acceptable this will be to us.

If the proposed National contribution materialises, as we hope it will, we shall be placed on a sound footing for spreading our citizenship, training to a large percentage instead of merely to a large number of boys, so that within a short time there should be a tangible leaven in the nation of cheery balanced citizens, close comrades with their brothers abroad, and reliable men to whom the peace and happiness of the country will be the first aim.

"A pleasing vision, a mere dream," you may say. Twelve years ago the Scout Movement itself was nothing more than a dream—a mere dream.

Are we satisfied now to pull up and rest? Not a bit of it. The Jamboree has given us a stronger confidence and a fresh inspiration. Our cry is "Forward on! Be Prepared for greater things yet!"

If kind friends are really going to clear the way for us our task promises to be easy and success assured.

If you who read this will help to this end you will be doing a real good turn to us, to your younger brothers, and to the country; and I need not say we shall be deeply thankful.

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