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Slavery abolished; Scouting started


Slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire on 1 August 1834. Abolition was due to the efforts of the British people and the slaves. The freed people celebrated with church services and parties, and buried their chains.

The role of reading and writing in the self-liberation of the slaves and the British freedom campaigns is quite remarkable. I wish children heard about it more.


Image: Brownsea Island (Link is slow due to high traffic.)

The first experimental Scout camp was set up on Brownsea Island, and opened on 1 August 1907. Robert Baden-Powell had asked boys from diverse backgrounds to attend. During their eight days together, they learned how to survive in the wild, and how to live by a chivalric code of honour. We wrote about the contributions of Scouting here.