The celebration marks the birthdays of Scouting’s founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, the World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell (February 22). More than 100,000 Scouting youth and volunteers will celebrate the week through camps, expeditions and mall displays, banquets and parades, and recognition events. In keeping with tradition, many Scouts proudly wear their uniforms to school and to work.
The First Scout-Guide Week took place in 1926 and it continued up until the 1940s. However, in 1949,Scout-Guide Week was dropped because it was felt that it was being lost among so many other special weeks.
Occasionally, some groups, along with some Girl Guide Companies continued “Boy Scout Week” as it was originally called. In the early 1950s, the week was officially recognized as Boy Scout Week.
During the late 1960s, there was an increase in combined Scout-Guide services and events. This, and the belief that Guiding and Scouting had much to gain by pooling resources, led to meetings and discussions between both organizations.
Scout-Guide Week or Guide-Scout Week was introduced in 1970, and focused on Feb. 22, the birthday of both Scouts founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide.
In 1970, Scout Guide Week began as a pilot project, approved for a three year period. Due to its success, a second three year term was approved in 1971 and in 1974, it was agreed Scout Guide Week would continue indefinitely. In 1974, both organizations agreed to have the title interchangeable – “Guide Scout” or “Scout Guide” Week.