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Scouting Memorial design revealed

A design has been agreed for the Scouting Memorial, to remember all who have given service to Scouting and honour members who have suffered through conflict.

Volunteers in Birmingham launched the project to build a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s year-round centre of remembrance.

With over 800 entries to a competition to design the memorial, the memorial will combine elements from two winning designs by Karen Smith (BSL in 19th Whitley Bay, Northumberland) and Lottie Ibbotson (a Scout from St Chad's Greys Scout Troop, North Yorkshire).

The simple campfire concept reflects the outdoor nature of Scouting as well as allowing people to remember the friendship, bonds and memories formed around campfires. The figures, the fire and the neckerchief provide symbols of remembrance and contemplation that will make this a memorable and thought-provoking memorial for all visitors to the National Memorial Arboretum.

Around the diameter of the 8-metre circular memorial will be carved the names of over 200 countries where Scouting is active, creating a feeling that members of these countries are also invited around the campfire.

Finally, reading around the sides of the carved stones will be an inscription which is taken from Robert Baden-Powell’s final message to Scouts: 'Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.'

To support fundraising for the memorial, you can make a donation and receive a special 'Lest we forget' badge in time for Remembrance Day – 103,000 Scouts around the world are already wearing these badges. Take a look at the design, order your badge and find out more about the memorial here: tsmp.org.uk.



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