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More than 22,000 assemble in Nyeri to celebrate Founder’s Day

1st Jan 2010

NAIROBI – On Sunday 21 February 2010, Scouts assembled in Nyeri in order to celebrate the annual Founder’s Day. The ceremony was officiated by Vice President of Kenya Kalonzo Musyoka – who is the Chief Commissioner of Kenya Scouts Association – and former Parliament Speaker Francis ole Kaparo – the Chief Scout of Kenya. According to the organising team, this year’s event was the biggest in history.

Officials from the World Scout Scout Bureau were also in attendance. They include Anne Whiteford, Saad Zian, John Lawlor and the Nairobi staff of the World Scout Bureau.

Before the Founder’s Day, Kenya Scouts Association had organized a Dry Run of the 13th World Scout Moot in preparation for the event that will be held this year in July.

Lord Baden Powell was born on 22 February 1857. He spent his last days in Nyeri and in his will, chose to be buried there. He died on 8 January 1941. His wife Lady Olave died 36 years later and was buried beside her husband.

Image: Laying of the wreath on BP's tomb by the Kenyan Vice-President, Kalonzo Musyoka. © WSB/ARO Euloge