22 February
Olave St Clair Soames is born in Stubbing Court, Chesterfield, England

At the time of her birth, her mother was unsure if either of them would survive

Also on this day, Robert Baden Powell celebrated his 32nd birthday

Robert Baden Powell runs the first Boy Scout Camp at Brownsea, England
The Girl Guides Association of the United Kingdom was formed for those "Girl Scouts" who had presented themselves at the 1909 rally of Boy Scouts in Crystal Palace, London. BP Asked his sister, Agnes, to write a book for them, along the lines of Scouting for Boys. She became the Association's first President

The first Girl Guide groups start in various parts of Australia

1912 - Age 23
Olave meets Robert Baden-Powell during a cruise on the Arcadian to the West Indies. He was "The only interesting person on board!"

September 20
Olave and BP become engaged

October 30
Olave and BP are married

Girl Scouting begins in the USA, by Juliette Gordon-Lowe

1913 - Age 24
January 14-March 1 Holiday Cruise with BP - Algiers, Sahara, Carthage, Tunis, Valetta (Malta)

Move into their first home, Ewhurst Place, Sussex

Olave becomes a warranted Scoutmaster in Sussex

Peter, their first child is born

BP's mother dies

Olave learns to drive, acts as BP's chauffeur - he didn't like driving
Olave was a warranted Scout leader. It was with 1st Ewhurst Scout Troop, the troop she and BP started at their home for their staff

Heather, elder daughter, born (her name chosen by the Guides)

Olave arrives in France as a Scout recruit to work with YMCA in 'respite huts' for troops. Children cared for by Olave's mother

Olave is enrolled as a Guide

Appointed County Commissioner for Sussex

First Commissioners' Conference, Matlock

Olave sets up an International Committee and an Overseas Council

April - Betty born

Move to Horley after sale of Ewhurst Place after owner killed in the war

Olave becomes Chief Guide of England

Olave receives the Silver Fish Award - made especially in gold just for Olave

Pax Hill purchased with a gift from Olave's father

Olave forms the International Council - the forerunner of WAGGGS

Olave writes to women in Brazil, asking them to consider starting Girl Guides

First World Conference, Oxford
World Conference, Cambridge
Foxlease opened - first Guiders' training
1924 - Age 35
The first World Camp at Foxlease, England. Forty countries represented
Australian states form the Federal Council of Girl Guides Associations in Australia

Thinking Day originates at the 4th World Conference in New York

World Conference, Camp Edith Macy, USA

Three month tour of USA, visiting Girl Scouts

Six months in South Africa 

World Conference, Parad, Hungary - where the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is established, with offices in London

Lady BP visits Australia 

1929 Aged 40
August - Liverpool Jamboree

Pax Hill burgled, many souvenirs stolen

Another cruise to the West Indies, on the Alcantara

Visit to the USA 


Visits West Indies

July 16 1930
World Conference at Foxlease

Olave is elected World Chief Guide

Presented with award Grand Dame of the British Empire by King George V 

Unveils two railway engines called "The Boy Scout" and "The Girl Guide"



Our Chalet gifted by Mrs Storrow

Family economies introduced - staff reduced to five maids, two gardeners

Olave's mother moves in. Shortly thereafter has a stroke and requires extensive care

January-June: Visits Australia, New Zealand and South Africa


Olave's mother dies. Olave is left out of the will

21st celebrations of Guiding - 5000 guides renew their promise at St Paul's Cathedral

Olave receives GBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Visits to Paris, Switzerland for Our Chalet opening, 7th World Guide Conference in Kattawice, Poland - August

Thinking Day Fund started


Visit to Malta

Heather makes her 'debut'

Guide/Scout Cruises begin on White Star Lines' Calgaric with 650 Guides and Scouts  

Betty has emergency appendectomy

BP has prostate removal surgery, emergency blood transfusions

Peter goes to South Africa to join the British South African Police

Olave attends 8th World Conference at Our Chalet, August

Chiefs cruise on the Adriatic to Gibraltar, France, Malta, Algiers, Lisbon

Visit to Australia, stopping in: Egypt, greeted by 1600 Guides, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies. Netherlands East Indies (Batavia, Samarang, Sourbaya) 


 BP's ill health continues. Visit Kenya to recover

Betty marries Gervas Clay

World Conference, Rattvik, Sweden 

Visit to India (January to April)  for Jamboree and country wide tour
5th World Jamboree, Holland 

(notice Olave's badge from the Jamboree)

Gillian born to Betty in Rhodesia

Silver wedding anniversary celebrations 

Visit to Kenya - BP ill again

Olave makes first TV appearance

Cruise to Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium

Visit to South Africa

World Conference, Ireland 

1939 - Age 50
'Paxtu' completed, BPs move to Kenya in October
They acquire a hyrax as a house pet

Olave becomes Colony Commissioner of Kenya

Olave decides to learn Swahili at the mission at Nyeri

Betty's second baby born

BP ill again

Our Ark opened in London

World Camp.  Godollo, Hungary, where the World Flag was flown for the first time

Outbreak of WW2 

Family reunion in Kenya. Heather was in the ATS so missed the reunion

BP ill again

World Conference in France - not held because of WW2 

8 January. BP Dies at Paxtu, Kenya. Olave could not attend, spent the day of the funeral weeping and walking "in agonised grief" Olave was 51

Thousands of letters from all over the world are sent to Kenya

Olave goes on a 3 month tour of Africa in a truck with niece Christian

Depression set in on return to Nyeri

Tours South Africa

Moves back to UK - very frightening cruise back through u-boat attacks

Guiding starts to raise funds for relief teams to assist in liberated areas of Europe. (Guide International Service) (GIS)

No home- Pax Hill was occupied by Canadian troops. She was awarded a 'grace and favour' apartment in Hampton Court

Birth of Heather's son Michael 

Although rationing bites hard, Olave entertains many ex-Scout servicemen from all over the world

Cycling became part of her life again to overcome crowded, limited, and slow transport

Baden Powell Memorial fund appeal launched - Princess Margaret was the star in first fund-raising concert

1944 - Age 55
First relief teams are sent to assist in liberated areas of Europe (Guide International Service)

Continual touring of UK to "keep the spirits high and the ideals bright"

A V2 Rocket brings down ceiling of Olave's apartment in summer - she was touring the Midlands at the time

Olave starts to learn French so she can go into Europe

Lays wreaths at war memorials in towns all over France, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium

Agnes Baden Powell dies
Olave wishing 'God-speed' to a GIS team off to The Netherlands

Olave starts to travel to the war-torn countries of Europe, to revive Guiding and Scouting

From Olave's diary (as noted in welcome booklet, visit to Australia 1958)
St. George's Day., Attended Scout and Guide celebrations of freedom in Paris. Toured through Normandy with General Lafont, Chief Scout of France. Continued through Alsace and Lorraine, and on VE Day crossed into Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium, England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland.  

Olave begins world tour to raise funds to assist Guiding and Scouting to resume in Europe

September - Olave visits Slovakia

World Conference, Evian, France

World Badge adopted

From Olave's diary (as noted in welcome booklet, visit to Australia 1958)
West Indies, British Guiana, Cuba, Mexico, the Unites Staets, Canada and Newfoundland. Travelled 3720 miles by sea, 6355 miles by train, 16,610 miles by air, and 3565 miles by road. Made 231 speeches to audiences varying in number (from 30 to 20,000, gave 62 press interviews or radio talks. Attended World Conference at Evian, France. Visited Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and Holland. 

World tour - 12 months!

Visits to Australia

All Africa Conference, Johannesburg 1948

World Conference, Cooperstown, USA 

Olave threw the baseball at the World Series

1949 - Age 60
Returns to Paxtu for solitary Christmas

Peter and family return to England to live

Visits to Malta, Italy, Greece and France

From Olave's diary (as noted in welcome booklet, visit to Australia 1958)
Visited Holland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Denmark and many parts of the British Isles; in a five months' tour of Africa travelled over 23,000 miles by air and visited 20 territories. 

World Song adopted at World conference in England

The Mayor of Poole, UK, presenting Olave the Freedom of The City in recognition of her service in the cause of youth

World Tour 

Lecture tour of USA and Canada

Hilda Baden Powell moves in with Olave, very frail following a fall

World Conference, Dombas, Norway

Coronation Year - Olave hosts 128 Guiding and Scouting guests from all over the world

Appears in a TV special on Hampton Court

Lecture tour of USA - 42,000 miles in six months, 57 cities, 25 states, 158 talks! 

Olave attends the World Conference in The Hague

World Brownie Badge adopted 

Hilda dies

Another tour of the USA - eight months, Canada (Niagara Falls Jamboree) 86 talks, USA 186 talks,  Mexico

Tour of Africa - interrupted by Egypt/Israeli war
50th Anniversary of Brownsea Camp - worldwide celebrations

Olave presides at opening of Our Cabana, the Third World Centre

Olave visits Ghana, Sri Lanka, Australia

While staying with friends in Australia, Olave, who says "I am never ill", found herself in hospital. She suffered with gall stones. But, she was a hardy woman and attended the planned Rally 18 day later

Olave visits Australia, Malaya, Hong Kong, Philippines, Uruguay

Dedication of 'Our Cabana', Cuernavaca, Mexico 

1959 - Age 70
Olave tours South America

Receives 'Freedom' of the Cities of Panama and Reno!

Opens Our Cabana 

In a celebration on 17 October 1959 the Foundation Stone for Baden-Powell House was laid by the World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell

Olave visits Nigeria, Portugal, Germany, Gibraltar, Denmark, Greece, Finland, Switzerland, Lebanon and Pakistan

Golden Jubilee of Guiding

BP House in Kensington opens

Olave continues to host many houseguests

Olave visits India, East Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon, Italy, Isle of Wight and United States of America

During Canada tour - Olave has a heart attack while on Price Edward Island

Returns to England, fully recovered

Olave's brother Arthur dies

Olave's son Peter dies

Olave visits Japan, India, Hong Kong, other parts of Asia

Appears on a stamp issued in Haiti, to honour the 22nd Anniversary of Scouting in Haiti

Our Ark moves to larger premises and is renamed Olave House
Olave visits: Israel, Trinidad & Tobago and Surinam 
Olave visits Kenya 
Sangam, our fourth World Centre, opens in Pune, India

Olave visits Philippines, to attend the Closing Ceremonies of the GSP's 25th anniversary held at the Luneta Grandstand

Olave tours Australia

Olave had received ?00.00 from the Australian 'Ice-Cream for the Chief' fund. It had been given to her to do something for herself. Olave was such an unselfish woman. She had many thoughts on treats for herself but chose to spend the money on books. She had been in South Africa and saw the lack of books and illiteracy so when arriving in Mexico, she rushed from shop to shop and delighted in buying ?00.00 worth of books. Her words - "Blew the $300.00 - it was the greatest fun". These became to be known as the 'ice-cream books'

1969 Aged 80
Attends 'Jubilations', Guiding's Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Westminster Abbey on Thinking Day

Jubilee celebrations in Finland, Belgium, Kenya, South Africa, USA, Denmark

An ice-cream for the Chief in Brisbane, May

Diagnosed with diabetes, ordered to stop travelling!
September Unveiled David Wynne's sculpture of BP at Gilwell's International Centre
The Olave Baden-Powell Rose is introduced (Germany)
Her Autobiography, Window on my Heart, appears

World Food and Agriculture organisation awards Olave the Ceres Medal

Thinking Day Symbol introduced
19 June Death of Olave Baden-Powell,  aged 88

Birtley House

9 August Olave's ashes placed beside BP's at Paxtu in Kenya

Donations made in Olave's name were assigned to the building of the Olave Centre, in London

Pax Lodge in the Olave Centre opens, 15 March


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