Lord Baden-Powell on Cleanliness

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91. Scouts are always tidy, whether in camp or not, as a matter of habit. If you are not today at home, you won’t be tidy in camp; and if you’re not tidy in camp you will be only a tenderfoot and no Scout.

92. Camp in the Scoutmaster’s opportunity for expecting cleanliness among apparently difficult conditions.

93. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” (*)

94. It doesn’t matter how poor you are, you can at least be clean and tidy.  It doesn’t cost you any more.

(*) Footsteps of the Founder includes a footnote indicating that Lord Baden-Powell did cite John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism: from Sermon, XCIII.   He did not claim to be the originator of the quote.


Baden-Powell of Gilwell, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell – Mario Sica – Nuova Fiordaliso – 2002

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