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A brief lesson into Scouting

OK. This is a lie.  It’s not going to be brief, it’s going to be a whole post! (Though I suppose I could make the article really short).

Here goes. Get your textbooks out children. Listen carefully now.

English: The book poster for "The Jungle ...

English: The book poster for “The Jungle Book,” by writer Rudyard Kipling, published by The Century Company, New York, $1.50. Courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As mentioned in my previous post, Scouting began on Brownsea Island. After a few years, Robert-Baden Powell (He was important in the previous lesson), decided to make a group for children too young to join Scouts. He called them Wolf Cubs (later renamed as just Cubs). Now this R-B Powell had a lot of friends, including Rudyard Kipling, who wrote The Jungle Book. RK allowed R B-P to use the characters in the Jungle Book to be used as a basis for the group.

So the leaders of Cub groups were called Akela (who was the leader of the wolf pack), Baloo (the bear), Bagheera (the panther), and most of the other animals. The Cubs have this opening and closing “Grand Howl” which is supposed to represent the wolves gathering round the alpha wolf.

Any questions? Good, class is dismissed.


About Ben Williams

I am a 17 year old pop culture addict from the south of England. I write about Doctor Who, superheroes, fantasy, films and occasionally dive into the random world of British culture.

6 responses »

  1. I remembered watching a drama on the TV a few years ago about Kipling’s only son, John (known as Jack).

    I think I watched it because Jack was played by Daniel Radcliffe — the boy who played Harry Potter!

    Radcliffe played the role very well — very different from what he was like in Harry Potter.

    I was very sad watching this film.

    Jack was a very short sighted boy, but his father got him to serve the country.

    Jack was only 18 when he died in 1915 during the First World War. I read that he was killed in the Battle of Loos, shot by enemy gunfire, after losing his glasses in the mud during an assault on a German machine-gun post.

    After Jack’s death, Kipling wrote this poem, My Boy Jack,

    “Have you news of my boy Jack?”
    Not this tide.
    “When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
    Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

    “Has any one else had word of him?”
    Not this tide.
    For what is sunk will hardly swim,
    Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

    “Oh, dear, what comfort can I find?”
    None this tide,
    Nor any tide,
    Except he did not shame his kind —
    Not even with that wind blowing, and that tide.

    Then hold your head up all the more,
    This tide,
    And every tide;
    Because he was the son you bore,
    And gave to that wind blowing and that tide!”

  2. Dear Ben,

    You can listen to the moving poem by Kipling about his son Jack. Poem: My Boy Jack.

  3. This is a video clip of Jack being examined to see if he was fit enough to fight in the First War.

    What is your view? Do you think it was right to send Jack to the war?

  4. Reblogged this on 英国琐记 and commented:
    上周闲聊中,儿子提到了约 100 年前,写 The Jungle Book (森林王子)的作者是童军创办人 Robert-Baden Powell 的朋友,他后来甚至让小童军(cub) 领袖使用他故事里的动物代称。

    写《森林王子》的作者 Rudyard Kipling 在一战时,把儿子送到了战场上。

    你可以到我儿子的博文中,读到诗歌和影片 My Boy Jack 的精彩片段,

  5. I have watched this movie too. A sad story. In the very beginning, who insisted he must go? For what reason?


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