When 23 year-old Olave St Claire
Soames married 55 year old Robert Baden-Powell in 1912, she
caused an international sensation, and despair to 100,000 Boy Scouts who
speculated that the marriage would bring an end to the Chief's Scouting.
Instead the exuberant tomboy's
boundless energy lead to an unflagging support of BP and helped Scouting
to grow even faster. Her own vision saw Guiding become the largest
organisation for girls and women ever seen, and led her to be called
"The Mother of Millions".
Guiding has significantly
influenced the shape of our society, and will continue to do so into the
future. I hope you can capture here a piece of the vibrant vision of
this extraordinary woman.
This site is endeavoring to
cover much of her life, from birth, through her time with BP, and the
work she carried on with even after his death.