Baden-Powell’s car on display at British Scouting event, plus other good news from this week

Photo courtesy of the Great British Car Journey museum

Lord Baden-Powell’s car will be on display at a Scouting event in England this weekend, and the history of his car is fascinating.

Back in 1929, Scouts around the world were asked to donate a penny to buy a gift for Scouting’s founder to celebrate the movement’s 21st anniversary. Enough money was raised to buy a Rolls-Royce, which was presented to Baden-Powell at the 1929 World Jamboree.

The custom car was soon nicknamed “Jam Roll” by Scouts because of its connection to the jamboree and Rolls-Royce. The car features Scouting’s fleur-de-lis on its radiator, and it was used by Baden-Powell until his death in 1941.

After being recently restored, Jam Roll’s home is now at the Great British Car Journey museum. It’ll be on display this weekend at a Family Fun Day at the Scout Hall in Darley Abbey, England.

Read more about the history of B-P’s car in this article from the BBC.

Scouters gather for National Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Scouting volunteers and professionals from around the nation traveled to Atlanta last week for the BSA’s National Annual Meeting. It was an opportunity for Scouters to be inspired and informed. It was also a chance to honor volunteers for their outstanding service with the Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo Awards.

The Americanism breakfast was a particular highlight of the week, and participants couldn’t stop talking about the captivating rendition of the national anthem by talented Eagle Scout Vickie Brubaker.

You can watch it here:

Eagle Scout candidate preserves train history

Sean Clark is “interested in trains and preserving train history,” so his Eagle Scout service project seemed like a natural choice. He installed historic information signs along a trail that was built on an abandoned railway line in New Jersey.

Read more in this story on the Tap into Barnegat/Waretown website.

Iowa TV meteorologist visits Scout field day

Meteorologist Brandon Lawrence talked to more than 200 potential Scouts about severe weather and tornadoes at the Mid-Iowa Council’s field day. The event, which also featured fishing, archery and other activities, is designed to give kids a taste of what Scouting’s all about.

Find out more in this video from We Are Iowa Local 5 News: