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02 September 2002 @ 09:22 am
Thought for today  
Baden-Powell wasn't thinking of just being prepared for accidents. His idea was that every Scout should prepare himself to become a useful citizen and to give happiness to other people. He wanted every Scout to be prepared to work for all the good things that life has to offer and to face with a strong heart whatever may be ahead.
BE PREPARED for life -- to live happy and to die happy, knowing that you have done your best. That's the big idea.

-William Hillcourt, The Official Boy Scout Handbook (9th edition)
inkdrinker on September 2nd, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
The idea I'd heard was that it was more to groom working-class kids into a pseudo-militaristic discipline so that they might be ready for oncoming war.
It seems to explain a lot.