Lefty Lord Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts
Famous Left-hander Birthday, February 22
Boy Scout Founder Lord Baden-Powell
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), also known as B-P or Lord Baden-Powell. He was a British Army lieutenant-general but he was most famous as the founder of the Scout Movement. Lord Baden-Powell was also a writer. He was educated at Charterhouse School.
Lord Baden-Powell served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910, in India and Africa. During the Second Boer War in South Africa (1899), he defended the town in the Siege of Mafeking.
As a writer, he wrote military books, written for military reconnaissance and scout training in his African years. He wrote Scouting for Boys (1908), for youth readership. It was during his writing, that Baden-Powell tested his ideas about scouting through a camping trip on Brownsea Island. This was with the local Boy’s Brigade and his friends’ sons that began on 1 August 1907. This is now seen as the beginning of Scouting. The rest is history about Boys Scouting.
Lord Baden-Powell, along with his wife, Olave St Clair Soames, and his sister, Agnes Baden-Powell, gave guidance to the Scouting Movement and the Girl Guides Movement. His last years were spent in Kenya, where he died.
Lord Baden-Powell made left-handed handshake a part of the scouting movement ritual. According to the Scout Manual, the left hand is extended in friendship because it is the hand nearer the heart.