The Hongkong Telegraph.
Monday, June 1, 1931.
H.E. THE GOVERNOR ON VALUE OF THE MOVEMENT.
The annual rally of local Boy Scouts and Wolf Cubs was held in the grounds of Government House on Saturday. Arriving for the inspection, His Excellency the Governor, who is the Chief Scout of the Colony, was greeted with the grand howl of the Cubs. His Excellency was accompanied by Captain Coltman, A.D.C., those present including also the Hon. Mr. R.H.Kotewall, President of the Boy Scouts Association, and Mr. J.Russell, President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
After the inspection, His Excellency presented H.R.H. the Prince of Wales' Banner to the winners of last year's competitions - the 13th Hongkong Troop.
Speaking as President of the S.P.C.A., Mr. J.Russell told assembled Scouts that kindness to animals should be one of their mottos. A Cup had been kindly presented by Sir Henry Pollock in connexion with essays on the subject of kindness to animals. It was not sufficient he said, to win the Cup - they must practise kindness by individual acts, and so win also the badge that carried with it the title of "A Friend to Animals."
His Excellency the Chief Scout said it had been a great pleasure to him to be there that afternoon to inspect the Scouts, and he congratulated them on their numbers and the smartness of their turnout. He congratulated the 13th Troop for having won the Prince of Wales' Banner, which meant efficiency in various forms and a considerable amount of keenness. He also congratulated those to whom he had made various presentations that afternoon, and hoped that their success would be an incentive to others.
Since being appointed Governor of this Colony 15 months ago, he had received an invitation to be Chief Scout of Hongkong and that had enhanced his pleasure. Although he had not taken a very great part in the movement he had always had a great admiration for it and a deep interest in its activities. He was sure the great success it had been had passed all optimistic expectations of Lord Baden Powell. It was for them to see that their local part was worthy of the efficiency of the whole. It called for the best from Scoutmasters, Patrol leaders and members of the various Troops, and therefore he took that opportunity of exhorting them to put their backs into it and make good.
It could be said that scouting was a game and not a science, but he expected they all fully knew that a game that was worth playing at all was worth playing well.- (Applause).
The Hon. Mr. Kotewall, on behalf of the Association and Scouts, thanked His Excellency for the interest he took in their activities which had been an incentive and an encouragement.
Three hearty cheers were given for His Excellency before the Scouts dispersed.