The Scout Association of Hong Kong is the overall Scouting organization
in Hong Kong. After the first scouting initiatives in 1909, the Hong
Kong branch of The Boy Scout Association of the United Kingdom was
started in 1914 by registering the St. Joseph's College Scout Group,
and was formally established in July 1915. The Hong Kong branch became
an autonomous association and the 111th member of the World
Organization of the Scout Movement in 1977. In 2008, the association
had 99,591 uniformed members, with approximately 2700 scout groups in
the sections Grasshopper, Cubs, Scouts, Venture and Rover Scouts,
making it the largest uniformed youth organisation in Hong Kong. The
headquarters at the Hong Kong Scout Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
host the administration, headed by the Hong Kong Chief Commissioner.
The association runs campsites, including Gilwell Campsite, Tai Tam
Scout Centre and Tung Tsz Scout Centre, as well as hostels and Scout
Activity Centres. It annually organises the traditional Scout Rally,
providing scout competitions and activities. For specific
anniversaries, themed Scout Jamborees have been organised.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Counter-Reformation: The Council of Trent, an ecumenical council
convoked by Pope Paul III in response to the growth of Protestantism,
opened in Trento, Italy.
Dartmouth College in present-day Hanover, New Hampshire, US, was
established by a Royal Charter from British King George III and became
the last university founded in the Thirteen Colonies before the
With Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie out of the country, four
conspirators staged a coup d'état and installed Crown Prince Asfaw
Wossen as the new Emperor.
The Parliament of India was attacked by five gunmen, resulting in 15
deaths, including that of the perpetrators.
The Baiji , a freshwater dolphin found only in the Yangtze River in
China, was announced as functionally extinct by leaders of the Yangtze
Freshwater Dolphin Expedition.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
A tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a
rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits
and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry... To apply a rule with
natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and
without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the
action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery.
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