Here are a few interesting facts about scouting
Did you know?
· David Bowie’s first public musical performance was at a Scout camp on the Isle of Wight in 1958. David Bowie and his friend George Underwood performed three songs around the campfire whilst attending the 18th Bromley Scout Pack's annual summer camp. David played the ukulele and single-stringed bass while Underwood sang. They performed 'Gamblin' Man' and 'Putting on the Style' by Lonnie Donegan.
· The Scout Leader calls, 'DYB DYB DYB,' which is an acronym for Do Your Best and the reply, 'DOB DOB DOB,' stands for Do Our Best.
· Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards credits Scouts with nurturing his music career. ‘I got to be patrol leader within six weeks – I just shot to the top. Once I had a bunch of guys together, it doesn't matter if it was the Scouts or a band, I could see my way clear to pull all their various talents together.’
· Only five countries in the world do not have a scouting organisation. The countries, Andorra, Cuba, Laos and North Korea, have previously had Scouting organisations but they have since been disbanded. Vatican City is the only country/state to have never had a Scouting organisation
· Liam Payne from world-dominating boyband One Direction is a former Scout, as is ‘reem’ ankle watch-wearing TOWIE star Joey Essex.
· Baden-Powell's Scouting for Boys has sold 150 million copies since 1908, making it the fourth bestselling book of all time after The Bible, The Koran and Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book.
· Singer and DJ Jarvis Cocker donated the platinum disc for Pulp’s biggest ever album, Different Class, to his old Scout Group in Sheffield.
· Georges Remi, aka Hergé, based his legendary comic-book character Tintin on a Scout.
· John Lennon and Paul McCartney went to Cubs together.
· Scout Leaders contribute the equivalent of 37 million hours of voluntary work every year – worth an estimated £380 million.
· Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is an Eagle Scout. When he said, “The Eagle has landed, he wasn’t kidding. In 1969, Armstrong became the first Eagle Scout to be portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp— called “The Man on the Moon.”
Other famous Scouts include.
- Sir David Attenborough, David Beckham, Tony Blair, Russell Brand, Sir Richard Branson, Billy Connolly, Richard Hammond, Lucie Jones, James Martin, Andrew Murray, Barack Obama, Joe Pasquale, Jeremy Paxman, Keith Richards, Steven Spielberg, David Walliams, Jamie Oliver, Simon Pegg & our very own Bear Grylls.
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