Way back in 1907 Robert Baden-Powell lit a torch that was destined to carry a message of peace and comradeship, through millions of boys and girls, to the homes of the world. This flame was fanned by the "Spirit of Adventure" and service by the boys of the first band of friendship camping together on Brownsea Island.
What the boys could do, girls could do also, so they joined this merry band. Thus was lighted the fire of happiness, service and comradeship for the children around the world.
We are gathered for this ceremony, for a very special reason. As you know February 22, today has been set aside for us to remember our Founders Lord Baden-Powell and his wife our former World Chief Guide; Lady Olave. They shared February 22 birthdays. We light the blue candle in their memory, thankful for all the many joys Guiding and Scouting has brought to us over the years.
We wish also to remember our brothers and sisters in Guiding and Scouting wherever they may be. All our Black, Red, Yellow and White skinned brothers and sisters. We know the outside covering of these candles are a different colour, but watch as we light them ... see ... the flame is exactly the same in all of them.
So it is with us, we may have different coloured skin, but inside we have the same needs.
We light the red candle in friendship for all the red skinned brothers and sisters in the world. We send them our special Thinking Day Greetings.
We light the black candle in friendship for all the black skinned brothers and sisters in the world. We send them our special Thinking Day Greetings.
We light the yellow candle in friendship for all the yellow skinned brothers and sisters in the world. We send them our special Thinking Day Greetings.
We light the white candle in friendship for all the white skinned brothers and sisters in the world. We send them our special Thinking Day Greetings.
We are great in numbers, members in over 136 countries, we must also be great in Loyalty to our Ideals, our Promise and Law. Let us all strive to live up to the Ideals of International Friendship and Understanding. We owe a debt of love and gratitude to our Founder. Our greatest debt is to our Heavenly Father who inspired our Founder with such a vision of unity of mankind. (Highland Glen Pipeline)