In the meantime, here’s a little history about Sir Baden Powell, founder of Boy Scouts of America.
The imagination and inspiration of Baden Powell, later proclaimed chief scout of the world, brought scouting to youth the world over. After returning home in 1903 from the Boer War in Africa, he found that the small handbook he had written for soldiers (“Aids to Scouting”) was being used by youth leaders and teachers all over the country. Baden-Powell was asked to rewrite “Aids to Scouting”, this time for a younger audience.
In 1907 he held an experimental camp to try out his ideas. He brought together 22 boys, some from private schools and some from working class homes, and took them camping under his leadership. Soon, scouting took off like wild fire, touching nearly every part of the world- the rest is history.
On May 30, 1931 an old mountain got a new name. One hundred scouts climbed and lined its peak as Frederick Russell Burnham dedicated the mountain to Lord Baden-Powell. To the northeast, hundreds of onlookers took in the sight and ceremony from present day Grassy Hollow campground.
On the first of October, 1962, the scouts in Wrightwood, and other areas, began an annual pilgrimage to Mountain Baden Powell via the Silver Moccasin Trail. Over the years, the annual event brought thousands of Boy Scouts into the area for the hike to the monument built on top of Baden-Powell by scouts in honor of their founder, Lord Robert-Baden Powell. The Scouts have been in Wrightwood since approximately 1931 and their influence has been felt a great deal through the many decades. We salute the scouts on their 100+ years!
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