|Statue of Robert Baden-Powell|
The statue in 2012
|Subject||Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell|
|Location||Poole, United Kingdom|
The Statue of Robert Baden-Powell is a 2008 statue of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting, in Poole, Dorset on the south coast of England. The statue is a life-size bronzeof Robert Baden-Powell by sculptor David Annand. It portrays Baden-Powell in his scout uniform, seated on a log as if for a campfire, with a pair of log seats either side which "allow easy access for photo opportunities".
The memorial was unveiled on 13 August 2008,facing Brownsea Island. The island was the site of Baden-Powell's first camp in 1907 which is seen as the start of the Scout and Guide movement.
Robert Baden-Powell has been criticised over alleged events during his army career and his comments of support concerning Adolf Hitler and Mein Kampf. His biographer, Tim Jeal, said that any admiration was limited to his and Hitler's shared ideas for boys' education and liking Mein Kampf's references to character training.In June 2020, the memorial appeared on a list of targets by anti racism protesters. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council planned to move it into storage pending discussion about its future, but council workers failed to remove the statue on 11 June 2020 as planned because the foundations were deeper than they had realised. A group of local people then surrounded the statue to prevent its removal and protect it from both council workers and activists. The council announced that it would arrange 24 hour security for the statue until either the statue had been removed or the threat had passed. On 12 June the statue was boarded up by the council for its protection.
In response to the controversy, Bear Grylls, current Chief Scout, and successor to Baden-Powell, said, "... we also recognise that Baden-Powell is part of our history, and history is nothing if we do not learn from it ... Baden-Powell may have taken the first step in creating Scouting, but the journey continues today without him ... We know where we came from but we are not going back."Grylls also said that he hoped Scouting statues remain in place "to remind us all of one thing - the huge positive influence that Scouting continues to bring to so many young people worldwide."
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