Today I speak with Martin Strong about the parallels of Scouting and Freemasonry, and discuss how the two organisation are separate though have many similarities in ethos.

Martin got involved in Scouting because of his son and went on to become a Leader. He joined Freemasonry (Caversham Lodge 3831 in Oxfordshire Province) through his father and discovered the two institutions have a lot in common. He later became one of the founding members of Be Prepared Lodge 9845, a Lodge for Freemasons with a scouting connection.

We discuss that contrary to popular belief Robert Baden-Powell was not a Freemason, however, his good friend Rudyard Kipling was; and how he may have influenced Baden-Powell through his story ‘The Jungle Book’!

We also discuss the lessons that Freemasonry could learn from the Scout Association.

Even if you weren’t in the Scouts as a child you’ll find this candid discussion with Martin very interesting.

If you have questions about Scouting and Freemasonry, or suggestions for future show subjects please let me know: [email protected].

Links from the show

Be Prepared Lodge, 9845 Website
Scout Association of the UK Website
Caversham Lodge, 3831 Website
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
United Grand Lodge of England
Toastmaster Martin Strong Website
Magician Robert Bone website

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ITC 15 In The Chair Masonic Podcast talks to Martin Strong about the parallels of the Scouts and Freemasonry
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