Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powel of Gilwell










The great difference between an outdoorsman and a city-dweller is, that first is in shirt-sleeves while the other is buttoned up in his coat. The outdoorsman is open and cheery with everybody at once, while the city person is rather inclined to shut himself up from his neighbours inside his coat, and takes a deal of drawing out before he becomes friendly. The free, open-air, shirt-sleeve habits of the man of the woods or the open spaces do away with this, and life becomes much more pleasant to everybody all round.

A Boy Scout should remember that he is like Kim, the “friend of all the world”. But don’t let your friendliness lead you into the foolery of throwing away your hard-earned savings in standing treat to your friends.

Our Scout Law says: “A Scout is a brother to every other Scout”. This has shown itself very much when our Jamborees have brought thousands of Scouts together from forty different foreign countries. The boys have found out that though they come from different nations, they are after all very much alike in their tastes and amusements and that they can be jolly good friends with each other.

I want you Scouts to keep up that friendship and to make it wider and stronger. You can do this by writing to your Brother Scouts abroad and visiting them or by getting them to visit you in camp.

It will be fun for you and fun for them. But better than that it will be making friendship between you, so that if difficulties should arise later on between the different countries they will not at once want to go to war, but will talk things over as friends and see how to come to agreement without the cruel and unfair test of fighting.


  1. ロバート・ベーデン−パウエル・オブ・ギルウェル男爵. “第VII章 騎士道”. スカウティング フォア ボーイズ: よい市民性を教えるための手引書. 財団法人ボーイスカウト日本連盟訳. 第3版, 財団法人ボーイスカウト日本連盟, 1982, p.332-334. 世界スカウトの日・日本連盟創立60周年記念出版.
  2. Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell. “Chapter VII Chivalry of the knights”. Scouting For Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship Through Woodcraft. 1908, p.177-177.
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