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

Robert Baden-Powell’s Last Message to Scouts.

B.-P.’s Last Message to Scouts

My dear Scouts, If you have ever seen the play ‘Peter Pan’, you will remember how the Pirate Chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me; and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days, and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.

Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me – so think it over.

I have had a most happy life, and I want each of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career; nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are men.

Nature Study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it: look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little bit the better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.

‘Be Prepared’ in this way to live happy and to die happy and God help you to do it. Stick to your Scout Promise always – even after you have ceased to be a boy.

Your friend, Robert Baden-Powell (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941)









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