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Boy Scouts in Kyoto and the "そなえよ つねに (Be Prepared)" stone monument

January 24 is "the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts".

Boy Scout is an educational activity for young people who engage in scouting activities through outdoor activities.

Aiming to be a "Fostering Better Employees", the company was established in England in 1908 on January 24.

The founder was Sir Robert Baden-Powell, a British soldier and writer.

In Japan, it started in 1922 as "少年団日本連盟 (Shonendan Nihon Renmei : Boys' Corps Assosiation of Japan)".

It is said that more than 170 scouts are currently active in over 40 million countries and regions around the world.

In Japan, there are about 2,000 groups of Boy Scouts called "団 (Dan).".

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, Chion-in Temple, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, Bukko-ji Temple......

In Kyoto, it is interesting that these shrines and temples are also the headquarters of the Boy Scouts.

In Kyoto, ahead of the "少年団日本連盟 (Shonendan Nihon Renmei)" it was established its own youth development organization.

In 1915, the "京都少年義勇団 (Kyoto Boys' Volunteer Corps)" was organized at Heian Shrine.

There is a stone monument of Boy Scout at a corner of Okazaki Park on the south side of Heian Jingu.

The inscription on the stone monument reads "そなえよ つねに".

It is scouts' wildwide motto proposed by Sir Powell, and "Be Prepared" in English.

It is a teaching to prepare mind and body so that you can act with right judgment at any time.

Right now, everyone wants to keep the spirit of "そなえよ つねに (Be Prepared)" in mind.


Stone monument of "そなえよ つねに (Be Prepared)"
Okazaki Saishoji-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City (In Okazaki Park)
Close to Okazaki Park Rohm Theater Kyoto, Miyako Messe Mae City bus stop

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