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2007: One World One Promise

One World One Promise
On 1 August 1907, Scouting Founder Robert Baden-Powell blew his kudu horn on Brownsea Island at 08:00 to open the world's first Scout camp. Soon thereafter, Scouting began to quickly spread around the world and now exists in 216 countries and territories.

2007, the 100th Anniversary of Scouting is an opportunity for us to demonstrate the unique value of Scouting to the world and to celebrate the achievements of 100 years of Scouting. The single theme for all events and activities for the Centenary of Scouting and the 21st World Scout Jamboree is 2007: One World One Promise.

However, the 100th Anniversary must provide a platform for the development of Scouting and not only celebrate the past 100 years. 2007 is the dawn of a new century of Scouting. We should celebrate the future of Scouting and look to how we can improve it to meet the needs of even more young people, their families and communities and offer better and bigger Scouting worldwide. We must seize this moment and prepare well in advance to share our successes and achievements.

The Centenary will be celebrated by all National Scout Organizations around the world on Wednesday 1 August 2007.
At 08:00 local time in every country, Scouts and former Scouts should gather together to renew their Scout Promise in the second century of Scouting. This is a time to blow the kudu horn and to remember how Scouting was founded, what it has become and what it has accomplished. This is called the Sunrise Ceremony.

Scout Groups should plan a *Good Turn*, undertaking practical activities to directly help their community and raise the profile of Scouting on 1 August 2007. This *Good Turn*, whether large or small, should involve the participation of all Scouts, should be well promoted and involve others.

Scouts should hold a Centenary of Scouting celebration, involving all Scouts and former Scouts, their families, friends and supporters. This could follow on from the two previous activities. It could be a day of public Scouting activities, a show, a picnic, an evening meal, an afternoon of music and drama or even a combination of all of these activities.

At the time which corresponds to 08.00 on Brownsea Island, Scouts will be able to link up to the celebrations there via the internet or television and celebrate with Scouts worldwide. At this unique event there will be at least one Scout from every Scouting country in the world. With modern technology Scouts will be able to join in the Brownsea celebrations and those of the 40000 Scouts at the nearby World Scout Jamboree for a moment to remember in Scouting history. Never before, we predict, will so many Scouts be *together* at the same moment.
100 years to the day, on 1 August 2007, every Scout, from every World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) country, will mark The Centenary and look to the past, present and, most importantly, the future of Scouting.


Sources from:
Scouting 2007

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