John Thurman

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John Thurman

Richard Francis "John" Thurman OBE[1] JP[2] was a British Scouting notable and Camp Chief of Gilwell Park from 1943 to 1969.[3] He was awarded the Bronze Wolf in 1959 and the Silver Buffalo Award in 1962.[4] He became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1963 "for sevices to the Boy Scouts' Association".[5]

In 1943, he introduced the Gilwell woggle as the insignia for Basic Training.[6] The woggle was first created in the early 1920s by Bill Shankley, a member of the Gilwell staff.[7] He produced a two-strand Turk's head slide which was adopted as the official woggle. From 1943 to 1989, the Gilwell woggle was awarded on the completion of Basic Training, and the Gilwell scarf and the Wood Badge beads were awarded on the completion of Advanced Training.

In 1962 Thurman conducted the only Wood Badge course ever in Burma.[8]

Works

John Thurman wrote a number of instructional Scouting books, notably on the subject of Scout pioneering. They were written in an amusing style, and are credited with increasing the popularity and scope of pioneering within the Scout Movement in the post World War II period.[9] Many of his other books were co-authored with his friend Rex Hazelwood, who was editor of The Scout (magazine) and The Scouter magazines.

  • 1949: The Campfire Leader's Book (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1950: Pioneering Projects
  • 1950: The Patrol Leaders' Handbook
  • 1951: The Scout's Book of Gilwell
  • 1952: Scout Camps: A Book for Scouters (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1956: Fun with Ropes and Spars
  • 1957: The Gilwell Camp Fire Book: Songs and yells from fifty years of Scouting (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1959: Some Training Ideas for Scouts (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1960: Camping (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1962: The Second Gilwell Camp Fire Book: A further collection of songs and yells from fifty years of Scouting (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1962: Pioneering Principles
  • 1963: The Scout and his Axe
  • 1964: Progressive Pioneering
  • 1964: Summer Camp All Year Round (with Rex Hazelwood)
  • 1969: The Gilwell Story (with Rex Hazelwood)

See also

References

  1. "A Scout called Thurman". Guardian and Gazette. October 3, 1969. 
  2. Justice of the Peace and Local Government Review, Volume 116, 1952 (p.527)
  3. Rogers, Peter (1998). Gilwell Park: A Brief History and Guided Tour. London, England: The Scout Association. p. 37. 
  4. Silver Buffalo Award Winners 1969-1960
  5. Supplement to the London Gazette, 1st January 1963 (p.14)
  6. Thurman at Gilwell
  7. Jeffrey, Ray, The History of Scouting in Tasmania 1909 - 1985, page 81. Published by The Scout Association of Australia, Tasmanian Branch. ISBN 0-949180-08-4
  8. Forty Years and Beyond published by the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Office, 1997, provided by Ms. Arjay C. Francisco, Secretary, Youth Program and IT and Adult Resources and Research, WOSM Asia-Pacific Region
  9. Scout Pioneering, John Sweet, The Scout Association 1974, ISBN 0-85165-101-1 (pp.7-8)

Further reading

  • Forty Years and Beyond published by the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Office, 1997, provided by Ms. Arjay C. Francisco, Secretary, Youth Program and IT and Adult Resources and Research, WOSM Asia-Pacific Region

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