Why the Fleur-de-lis?

Why, exactly, does Scouting use the fleur-de-lis as its symbol?

Why, exactly, does Scouting use the fleur-de-lis as its symbol?

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Why does Scouting use the fleur-de-lis as its symbol? Wasn't the organization founded in England? Don't laugh; that's a question we've gotten before, and probably will again. At some point, a curious Scout — or their parent — will want to know just why Scouting the world over uses the symbol that it does.

Ken and Colin take a look at the history of the fleur-de-lis symbol, from ancient history to its adoption, by Baden-Powell, as the symbol of the Scouting movement.

Question to the Listener: If we didn't have the current logo, the fleur-de-lis, what would be an acceptable logo for Scouting?

The Unofficial Beaver Scout Badge Handbook: Fearing that simply printing out the PDFs that Scouts Canada have made available — via the Canadian Path website — would not work well for Beaver Scouts, Ken took it on himself to collect all of the information about Beaver Scout badges into a convenient booklet.


As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


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