It is with deep sadness that we inform our Scouting family of the passing of Lord Michael Baden-Powell, a dear friend to all in our movement.
The grandson of the Founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron of Gilwell, Michael succeeded as the 4th Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell on December 28, 2019, after the death of his brother Robert.
Michael’s profound commitment to Scouting was evident in his unwavering dedication to grassroots-level involvement. He wholeheartedly believed that attending Scouting events and engaging directly with Scout Groups during Section nights or special occasions was where he could give the most back to the movement he held dear.
Michael’s love for Scouting was boundless, and it shone brightly through his infectious smile and the sparkle in his eyes. He found immense joy in immersing himself in the Scouting experience, forging deep connections with Scouts from all walks of life.
Beyond his role as a noble ambassador, Michael selflessly dedicated his time and energy to the movement he cherished. He attended an enormous number national events and international events, leaving an enduring impact on Scouts around the world. His involvement extended beyond borders, as he served in various esteemed positions such as a B-P Fellow, a member of the World Scout Foundation, the Baden-Powell Foundation of Australia, and the Victorian Scout Foundation. Additionally, he served as a patron and close friend of Scout Heritage Victoria.
Michael’s commitment to Scouting was reflected in his roles as a Scout Leader in the UK before migrating to Australia, where he continued his service in key positions within the Victorian Scout Branch. Michael was also a beloved member of Baden-Powell Lodge, where he embraced the principles of fellowship and service as a past Master.
As we mourn the loss of Lord Michael Baden-Powell, we extend our deepest sympathies to his beloved wife Joan and their family. The void left by his passing is immeasurable, and we stand united in offering our support and comfort during this difficult time.
Following his passing, the title of Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell and 5th Baron of Gilwell has been assumed by the Hon David Baden-Powell, a valued member of Scouts Victoria.
We shall forever cherish the memory of Michael’s ability to form instant and lasting friendships, his pure delight in reconnecting with old friends at camps, and his unwavering determination to give his all to our beloved movement.
The impact of Michael’s contributions at the grassroots level will forever be cherished. His unwavering love for attending Scouting events and engaging directly with Scout Groups during Section nights or special occasions embodied the very essence of Scouting. His dedication to making a difference in the lives of young people will be remembered as a guiding light for generations to come.
Michael’s legacy will continue to inspire us as we carry forth his vision, embracing the values of Scouting and empowering young individuals to become responsible and capable members of society.
Rest in peace, Lord Michael Baden-Powell. Your immense contributions to the Scouting movement will never be forgotten.