The Hongkong Telegraph.
Monday, April 20, 1925.
SOUTH CHINA SCOUTS.
THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY.
There was a Iarge muster of Scouts of the 8th, 14th and 15th Boy Scout Troops, which only recently came into existence, at the inauguration ceremony held on the Garrison Foot, hall ground, kindly placed at the Troops' disposal by the committee, yesterday afternoon. The Troops, which are affiliated with the South China Athletic Association, were under the command of Scoutmaster T.K.Chak.
After the opening remarks by Mr. Leung Cho-u, the Troops were inspected by the Commissioner, the Rev. G.T.Waldegrave, the Scout Secretary, Mr. A.Whites, the Hon Mr. Chow Shou-son and other persons interested in the Scout movement in the Colony. The Hon. Mr. Chow Shou-son, Messrs. Li Yuk-tong and Liang Chi-hoo were then called upon to present the banners respectively to the 8th, 14th and 15th Troops.
Other presentations were also made, including badges and inter patrol shield for the 8th Troop and a shield for competition among the three Troops.
The Commissioner, addressing the large attendance of parents and friends, said that when he was in London a short time ago and told the people that the Scout movement had stimulated interest among the members of the South China Athletic Association, they expressed very great approval and pleasure. They replied that that was the very thing they desired. "Many of you have been seen what Scouts can do, and those who have not will see something of what Scouts can do this afternoon. I do not think that many of you here understand what the joining of these boys in the Scout movement really means," said the Rev. Waldegrave.
Boys' League of Nations.
Continuing, the speaker said that the Scout movement throughout the world had been called a Boys' League of Nations. Two Scouts who were present yesterday afternoon had, a short time ago, been at a gathering of 20,000 scouts in London. Of these over 1,000 represented the many British Colonies all over the world. Among this number were two Scouts from Hongkong.
Ten days later about 12,000 Scouts met in Denmark, where there were more than 32 countries all over the world represented. All these boys were bound together by the Scouts' promise. They made a promise which every Scout and Scoutmaster was bound to make. What these Scouts had learned was how to play the game and play fair, keeping true to the promise and putting on one side all enmities, national or otherwise.
The Commissioner then went on to describe the usefulness of first aid. He quoted an instance when a scout had attended a man who was suffering from a broken thing bone and continued that he knew that in the past, Scoutmaster Chak and some Scouts had given first aid in cases where it was urgently required. There were present that afternoon two Scoutmasters from the Canton Boys' Scouts Association and Scouts from the local branch of Japanese Scouts. He was glad to see them show the people that they understood the great brotherhood to which Scouts belonged.
An appeal was made to those members of the South China Athletic Association to assist the movement by helping in the instructing on the many boys in Hongkong who are not Scouts.
In conclusion the Commissioner said that he was sure that those present would join with the Association in wishing prosperity to the boys of the three Troops, whose colours were presented that afternoon.
During the remainder of the afternoon the Scouts were engaged in the many branches of scouting in competition for the shield presented earlier in the day.