Saturday, 4 August 2007

World Press on Scouting's Sunrise

A new century dawns
From the Sydney Opera House to the peak of Mont Blanc, Scouts around the world have been gathering to celebrate Scouting’s one hundred years of fun and friendship.

With over 28 million Scouts around the world renewing their Promise at 8am local time, Scouting’s Sunrise is biggest and most significant expression of peace and unity the world has ever witnessed. It is the perfect opportunity to look to the past, present and, most importantly, the future of Scouting. Happy Scouting Sunrise!

(Scout Association)

Boy Scouts honor founding with ceremony
Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts.
On Aug. 1, 1907, Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the movement, blew a Kudu horn at 8 a.m. to begin an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island off the coast of England.
Wednesday morning, Scouts all over the world replicated the beginning of that movement by blowing the Kudu horn. The group of 10 atop Mill Mountain included Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts from the Roanoke Valley.
( - US)

President urges to obey Scout promise
The President and Chief Scout yesterday called on the Maldivian Scouts to obey the Scout promise and Law and to maintain the spirit. He made the statement in his speech at the function held this morning at the Official Ground to renew the Scout promise on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the World Scout Movement. (Jesus - Germany)

Centenary Scouts go back to where it all began - breakfast on Brownsea
As 28 million members of the Scout Association marked the movement’s centenary, a representative contingent from all over the world celebrated on the island where it began.
(Times Online - UK)

Scouts across the world mark 100 years of trooping
Millions of Scouts will today renew their pledges to celebrate 100 years of the movement at events held at sunrise around the world.

Around 40,000 Scouts in the UK are expected to take part in sunrise events, reaffirming their promise to build a tolerant and peaceful society.
(The Herald - UK)

Still prepared after 100 years
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement marks its first centenary and heralds the start of the second century of its existence with a “scouting sunrise” today. Members of the Scouting Association of Malta gathered on the Granaries, in Floriana, in the early evening yesterday and remained there overnight to renew their scout promise at eight this morning together with the rest of the World Movement.
(Delfi – Lithuania)

Scouts in centenary celebrations
Millions of scouts around the world have renewed their promises in ceremonies to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the movement’s founding.

Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset, where the first camp for 20 boys was held by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, is the focus of celebrations.

Some 300 scouts from 160 countries have set up camp at the National Trust site. Some 40,000 scouts and leaders from across the world are also at a 12-day jamboree near Chelmsford, in Essex. The Hylands Park event, opened on Saturday by Prince William, is believed to be the biggest event in the history of the Scout Association.
(BBC News - UK)

Happy birthday - Scouts celebrate 100
More than 200 Nelson Scouts were on Wednesday morning among the first in the world to celebrate scouting’s centenary.
(The Nelson Mail – New Zealand)

Facts and Figures
• On Sunrise day, British radio transmitted about 200 reports on the Ceremony.
• On Saturday, we appeared in every mayor newspaper and in most of the regional newspapers in the UK.
• During this Jamboree, we have been front page news in the Daily Telegraph three times so far. Normally, it’s really difficult to get on the front page.
• There was a five minutes report on the Sunrise in the CBBC news round, a British news programme for children.
• Channel 5 covered the whole of Scouting’s Sunrise day.
• CNN broadcast an extensive report on the Sunrise day. It also integrated a lot of Jamboree video material.
• BBC World had a large report on the Sunrise event. More than 148 million people all over the world watch BBC World every day. Most of the audience comes from Asia or America.
• The 21st World Scout Jamboree 2007 has given 272,000 results on Google. For Scouting’s Sunrise there are 42,200 results.
• The official Jamboree site receives almost one million page views per day, three hits per second. • The top stories on daily attract about 150,000 readers.
• The Promise FM live stream had 22,000 listeners through the whole Jamboree.
• Since January 2007, has had 30 million page views.
• Most of the reports on this Jamboree are positive.

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