From: Baden-Powell, Lessons from the
Varsity of Life, Chapter XI:
"I MUST now go
back to 1914 and tell something of the work of the
Scouts and Guides of those days.
"When War was
declared I went and saw Lord Kitchener and offered my
services in any capacity whatsoever.
expressed his firm belief in the potentiality of the
Boy Scouts behind the scenes in replacing men
required at the front; and as the doctors would not
pass me Et for service he urged me to organise them
for the many purposes for which they could be
fortunately was just ripe for such adventure. Six
years old, the Scout movement had now got on to a
firm foundation of decentralised administration all
over the Empire and was strong in numbers with a
capable lot of officers. On the other hand most of
these, and of the senior boys, joined up in the
forces directly War was declared (ten thousand of
them never came back).
"But we carried
on with the next best, and these, with responsibility
thrust upon them, played up well."
Lessons from the Varsity of Life, 1933