Honey’s off with the Second South Islington Brownies to District Camp tomorrow evening
and Lucien is off with the Eighth Holborn Cubs, to the same Camp. This very neat pile is what Honey will be taking with her. Lucien’s pile is in a bit of a muddle.
They, and about twenty- or even fifty – other Cub, Scout and Brownie packs from London are going to camp in a (hopefully not too muddy) field. They are in a feverish state of excitment about this. The District Camp will of course be led by adult volunteers – people very much like Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the mother and Cub leader who tried to give first aid to the mortally wounded soldier on a London street yesterday, who stood her ground until the police turned up and then urged the two suspects to hand over their weapons.
Like the Brownies and the Cubs, all volunteer leaders have to promise to Do their Best; I don’t know if they have to promise to do a Good Deed every day, but Ms Loyau Kennett, with her humanity and courage, seemed to me to be the exemplar of what Scouting is actually all about.