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STEVE SANFORD


over the grave and Mount Kenya beyond, two Scouts from different generations and dif- ferent continents renewed our mutual commitment to Baden- Powell’s vision. Today, the gravesite stands


well-kept, and its small museum displays scarves and patches from Scouts who’ve traveled here from every continent. Not long ago, however, the cemetery had fallen into disrepair, and nobody helped share the history of this special place. Fortunately, an American Eagle Scout came to Kenya after


graduating college in 1983. He taught English and served as a Scout leader in a rural village. After he returned to America, Walter Dean founded Habitat Aid, a charity to help the people of Kenya. He also adopted Baden-Powell’s gravesite in Nyeri, and began helping Kenya’s Scouters reclaim the cemetery and


finish the simple white building that serves as the museum and welcome center. With the leadership of Walter


Dean and Peter Kimita, Baden- Powell’s gravesite has again become a worthy international memorial to Scouting and a frequent stop for the Scout units who seek high adventure in the African highlands. Touching the cold marble of the headstone and brushing the white pebbles


that cover the grave reminds each pilgrim of Scouting’s roots and our everlasting duty to the movement’s enduring ideals.


Eagle Scout ALVIN TOWNLEY has authored several Scouting books, including Legacy of Honor and Spirit of Adventure. His latest book is Fly Navy. Learn more about Alvin’s books and buy copies at alvintownley.com.


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