ISSUE 20, January 2007
Editorial
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    The Kindred Lodges Association (KLA) comprises Lodges that have an interest in youth work. Individual Freemasons can join as associate members. Thirty-two of the member Lodges exist primarily for those with Scouting affinities. Many have excellent contacts with local Scouting and provide very real and practical support, from donating money to offering their facilities and skills.
    On a national level, the KLA recently raised over £7,000 to refurbish B-P’s caravan, an item of Scouting history presented to the Founder by a grateful Movement on its 21st anniversary and now preserved at Gilwell Park, the home of Scouting.
    There are many things that other Lodges and individual Freemasons can do. And these will make a real difference. Here are some ideas :
  • Contact the local District Commissioner to offer a professional (such as accountancy, engineering or public relations) or practical skill, for a defined period of time such as one day a year or two hours every couple of months.
  • Volunteer for a more formal role in Scouting (see www.scouts.org.uk/ join/adulthelp.html)
  • Offer the use of Masonic premises and catering facilities for Scout meetings, committees, conferences, etc.
  • Adopt a Scout Group and support it with time, skill, resources and facilities.
  • Invite Scouting units to approach, and perhaps involve, your Lodge when they organise fund-raising projects.
  • Become an associate member of the KLA and support its projects.
  • Join a local Scout Fellowship. Scout Fellowships combine occasional service to local Scouting with social events. And they provide membership of The Scout Association.
  • Donate money through one of the available schemes (www.scouts.org.uk/ waystohelp/index.html).
  • Support the World Scout Foundation, an endowment that finances the growth and development of Scouting around the world, by joining the Baden-Powell World Fellowship (http://world.scout.org/wsf ).
  • Ask local Scouting how you can become involved in the Centenary celebrations.
  • Renew your Scout promise on 1st August 2007, one hundred years to the day since B-P opened that first experimental camp, at one of the many sunrise events around the UK.
The Kindred Lodges will be very active in 2007. A team from the KLA will help to construct the site for the 21st World Jamboree, the world’s largest gathering of young people, when 40,000 people from around the world will camp together at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. Other Freemasons will be involved in the Jamboree itself.
    The KLA will hold two Masonic Festivals in 2007. The first in West Lancashire on 14th April. The second on Brownsea Island on 8th September. In addition, there will be a special Jamboree Lodge meeting at Chelmsford Masonic Hall on 4th August.
    Many Lodges are holding special events open to Scouts who are not Freemasons. For example, at least two Lodges will host a talk given by W.Bro. Michael Baden-Powell, grandson of B-P. Further details of all of these meetings can be found on the KLA website (details below).
    Both Scouting and Freemasonry face the challenge of promoting a consistent valuesbased life-style in a fast changing, largely selfcentred and materialistic world. Scouting and Freemasonry have so much in common. Lets talk to each other, locally as well as nationally, and see if we can create benefits for both Movements and their respective causes.


References
Harvey, T. (2006), “Scouting and Freemasonry: two parallel Movements?”
Acknowledgements
Derek Twine, Chief Executive of The Scout Association
Steve Gough, Chairman of the Kindred Lodges Association
Further information
www.scouts.org.uk
www.scouts.org.uk/2007/
www.KindredLodges.org.uk

About the author
Tony Harvey has been a Scout since the age of eight. He is actively involved locally and nationally and acts as the liaison between the Kindred Lodges Association and The Scout Association. He has been a Freemason for fifteen years, is a Past Master of one Scout Lodge and the current Master of another. He can be contacted on liaison@KindredLodges.org.uk.



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