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Footprint of Baden Powell

 
 
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By J. Makali Bruton, June 22, 2016
1. Footprint of Baden Powell Marker
Inscription.
Huella de B. P.
Donada por William D. Campbell
a Scouts de El Salvador
en reconocimiento a la labor realizada
en pro de la juventud salvadoreña.
Junio de 1972

English translation:
B. P.’s footprint
Donated by William D. Campbell
to the Scouts of El Salvador
in recognition of their work
in favor of Salvadoran youth.
June 1972

 
Erected 1972 by William D. Campbell.
 
Location. 13° 42.18′ N, 89° 12.693′ W. Marker is in San Salvador, San Salvador. Marker can be reached from 41a Avenida Norte just from 1a Calle Poniente. Touch for map. The marker and footprint are on the grounds of the Salvadoran Scouting Association Headquarters, whose entrance is on 41a Avenida Norte, and not on Avenida Baden Powell, whose entrance is unfortunately closed.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Heroes of the War of Legitimate Defense (approx. half a kilometer away); Monument to Memory and Truth (approx. half a kilometer away); Juan Ramon Molina (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Rosales National Hospital 100th Anniversary (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Father José María Vilaseca
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By J. Makali Bruton, June 22, 2016
2. Footprint of Baden Powell Marker
The small additional marker reads: Tratad de dejar este mundo en mejores condiciones de como lo encontrasteis…Lord Baden Powell (English: Try to leave this world in better condition than how you found it...Lord Baden Powell).
(approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Oscar Romero (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); El Salvador del Mundo (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); Simón Bolívar (approx. 1.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Salvador.
 
Regarding Footprint of Baden Powell. The 1928 Scouting World Conference was officially opened on May 4 in Budapest, Hungary. The next day, the delegates went on an excursion to Lake Balaton and other places returning to Budapest in the afternoon. That evening, Baden-Powell, his wife Olave and Lord Hampton arrived. On May 6, there was a rally at the Hárshegy Training Park with many Scouts and public attending. In the June 1928 issue of The Scouter B-P wrote, about the Rally at Hárshegy: This took place in pouring rain... An unusual incident marked the occasion of my visit when they invited me to make my footprint in the soil. A cast of this was taken and imprinted permanently on the spot in concrete.

From this cast two bronze copies were made, one was for the Hárshegy Training Park and the other was a gift to Baden-Powell, which he passed to the British Scout Headquarters. When Communists took over and banned Scouting in 1948, the training
Footprint of Baden Powell in San Salvador, El Salvador image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 22, 2016
3. Footprint of Baden Powell in San Salvador, El Salvador
ground was confiscated and houses were built on the land; neither the original concrete footprint, nor the "Hungarian original bronze" has been seen since. This Salvadoran copy of the footprint is most likely a cast of Baden Powell's copy of the footprint cast.

William D. Campbell was a world leader of the Boy Scouts and received Scouting awards from seven countries. He helped establish the World Scout Foundation and served as its chairman from 1969 to 1977. Campbell also served on the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1961 until 1965, and again from 1973 to 1985. Campbell was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting, in 1959. Campbell was also an Eagle Scout and recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Buffalo Award (adapted from Wikipedia).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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