OTD: Boy Scouts Association incorporated throughout British Empire

On today’s date in 1912, The Boy Scouts Association was incorporated throughout the British Empire by royal charter for “the purpose of instructing boys of all classes in the principles of discipline loyalty and good citizenship.”

In 1914, An Act to incorporate The Canadian General Council of The Boy Scouts Association was passed by Canadian Parliament. This act referenced the royal charter of 1912 and created what’s now referred to as Scouts Canada as a branch of The Boy Scouts Association.

In July 2007, to mark 100 years of Scouting, Canada Post commemorated the World Scout Movement on a 52-cent stamp (Scott #2225). Printed by the Lowe-Martin Group on Tullis Russell Coatings coated paper, the stamp has general tagging along each side.

The stamp’s design was produced by Matthias Reinicke, of Edmonton’s Lime Design, and features the organization’s logo alongside photos of today’s typical Scouting pursuits: camping, campfire-related activities, canoeing and cycling. An archival image of the Scout “grand howl” is the central focus of the booklet.

“I found the image of the howl and built the stamp around it,” Reinicke said.

This mixing of old and new is an underlying theme in the stamp design and signifies both the history and future of the organization.

“I combined archival images representing the beginning of the scouting movement with modern photographs to show how the organization has maintained its core values, while moving forward and changing with the times,” he added.

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