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Discovering Scouting

Roland was born in 1890 into an affluent upper-class family.  He was educated at Winchester then attending the University of Oxford.  Roland discovered Scouting in 1911 and threw himself wholeheartedly into the Movement. By 1912 he took over the leadership of East London Scouting, bringing his enthusiasm for Scouting to thousands of disadvantaged young people. He even moved into the area to be closer to the people he worked with. 


Roland supported the development of early Scouting by establishing standards of excellence and guidance for young people. In East London he led an innovative series of events called the “Hackney Scout Lectures”, with each lecture attracting up to 700 enthusiastic Scouts. He also wrote a series of books aimed at Scouts and their leaders with advice on improving Scouting. He was a strong advocate for young people, encouraging them to develop new skills and leadership techniques.

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