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The 1920’s

1920First World Jamboree and International Conference held at Olympia in London. 8,000 Scouts from 34 countries gave displays in the great arena and exhibitions in the side halls.

B-P acclaimed Chief Scout of the World.

International Bureau established with Hubert Martin as its first Director.

Scout Officers were no longer permitted to wear Scout Proficiency Badges.
1921 Patrol Leader James Marr and Patrol Leader Norman Mooney selected for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition.

Scouts from Torquay parade at the unveiling of the Torquay War Memorial

First Gillwell Reunion.
1922 Rovering to Success published.

Second International Conference held in Paris, France.

World Scout Membership passed the one million mark.

Posse of Welcome for the Prince of Wales at Alexandra Palace attended by 65,000 Scouts and Cubs.

Baden-Powell received the Legion of Honour.

1923 The Headquarters Gazette became The Scouter.

The use of a woggle approved for holding the Scout necker.

1924 Second World Jamboree held at Ermelunden near Copenhagen, Denmark. 4,549 Scouts from 33 nations participated.  The Jamboree for the first, and last time, included tests to decide the World Scout Champions.

Imperial Jamboree held at Wembley with 28,494 Scouts attending
 from 34 countries and territories of the British Empire.

Special tests introduced for Scouts with special needs.
1925 International Conference held at Kandersteg in Switzerland.
600 Scouts participated in the Scout Migration Scheme.

The Wood Badge was adopted for both the Cub and Scout Sections ending the use of the Akela Badge.

1926 First Rover Moot held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Torbay Scout Association splits creating separate Torquay and Paignton Scout Associations

Kandersteg International Chalet, Switzerland opened.

The Duke of York, later King George VI, presented with the Silver Wolf  at the National Wolf Cub Palaver in London.
1927 The Rosemary Scout Convalescent Home opened at Herne Bay, Kent.

Legal protection for the Association’s name, certain titles and badges provided by The Chartered Association, (Boy Scouts Association) Protection Order.
1928 Introduction of the Scout Group System combining Packs and Troops.

1,785,560 Scouts in countries recognised by the International Committee.
1929 B-P created Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.
This resulted in the changing of the spelling of ‘Gillwell’ to ‘Gilwell’.

3rd World Jamboree held at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead.
The Jamboree was also called the Coming of Age Jamboree to commemorate the 21st Anniversary of the publication of Scouting for Boys.
50,000 Scouts from 69 countries took part with a further 10,000 British Scouts camping in the vicinity.  There were 320,000 day visitors.

The heavy rain gave rise to the nickname of the Mudboree.

Deep-Sea Scouts Branch formed.


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