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Scouts during the wars

Scouts during the wars

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday of November. Nationally, ceremonies are held at war memorials, cenotaphs, and religious buildings to invite the community to take part in acts of remembrance.

Remembrance events are important community events. Traditionally, most community organisations (including Scouts) are involved.

Scouts in the first world war

By 1914, Scouts had existed for six years and its popularity had spread across the world. Widespread membership meant that many boys and young men had gained a range of useful skills from camp cooking to signalling and sailing. As the first world war broke out, these skills were put to practical use.

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Scouts in the second world war

During the second world war, Scouts carried on both at home and abroad. Scouts on the home front used their skills to support their communities and Scout leaders volunteered to support refugees and displaced people. Scouts in prisoner of war camps across the world secretly carried on with Scouts, risking punishment in order to continue their connection with the movement.

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