Boy Scouts Centenary
Yesterday was the centenary of the first camp for boys organised by Robert Baden-Powell. Hylands Park near Chelmsford, Essex, is in the midst of a 12-day jamboree attended by 40,000 scouts and guides from around the world. In the USA, Norman Rockwell did more to promote the Scout Association than any other artist. He painted pictures for the annual Boy Scout Calendar and covers for The Official Boy Scout Handbook. Unfortunately, Yanks see all that camping stuff as being character-building solely for boys. American girls are those mindless twerps in mini skirts who jump up and down waving pom-poms whenever a youth does anything vaguely interesting. So it's off to France to find a girl guide by another great illustrator: Pierre Joubert. For sepia photos of the early days of scouting and a good collection of scouting art by Rockwell, Joubert and Joseph Csatari, visit Chile's Galleria de Imagenes Scouts (title link). Wouldn't these paintings have made a great art exhibition for the school summer holidays in scouting's 100th year? Maybe the year 2107?