It's not hero worship
Though it nearly started that way.
July 2003 - I've been very privileged to have the assistance of Jill Hogrefe,
a member of Guides Queensland, in mining the archives of Guides Queensland. She
loaned me, short term, the "most precious" Olave related items from the
archives, for research purposes. Many of the items are letters personally
written and signed by Olave; many Christmas cards addressed to Queensland
Guiding; and many programs and some personally autographed photos. Copies of The
Council Fire going back to the first issue. Photos. Books. Letters. Programs.
And in the files references to film strips and taped interviews. So much
material :) It makes me wonder what's in the archives of Guides all over
the world? Anyone who has access to any other archives, and has material that
they'd like to see on this site, please email me! Full credit to you and your
Rest assured that the information on this site is very well researched, from
It all started when as webmaster for the Guides Australia site in 1997, I wanted
to include a link to a site about Olave's life. There were none that I could
find, yet there were several excellent, very detailed sites about BP. Wondering
at the discrepancy, I delved into my Unit's cupboard and came up with a very
brief pictorial life of Olave, and her autobiography, and began this website.
The Olave I'm discovering was a very different woman from the one about whom my
Guide life had taught me, and the vision she had of Guiding has several times
kept me going when burnout seemed imminent! It's an interesting journey :)
|I have owned this
site for about 7 years or so....
The time has now come for me to
leave Guiding after more than 20 years as an adult member - unlike Lady
BP who never left - as I move into another phase of my life. I have
loved my time in Guiding and I leave with a light heart knowing I gave
my best, most of the time. I have enjoyed developing this website and
from the occasional emails I get, I think it's a valuable resource for
people all over the world.
I announced to various Guiding
lists last week that I was willing to give the site to someone who will
keep it going, and after a few offers from several worthy people, have
decided to give it to Di Watson, who has owned and run worldguiding.net
for many years. I'm not sure what direction Di will take
olavebadenpowell.org but I do know she has such a deep passion for
Guiding, that the site will only get better!
Blessings to all -
As the new webmaster to this site, the endeavor is to keep
Sandy's work alive and growing.
Please send any clips or stories you have in regards to Olave Baden-Powell.