Month: January 2015

Mason’s Role in the Beginnings of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides

The following letter by Lady Baden-Powell is an introduction to an explanation given by her husband, General Sir Baden-Powell about the beginnings of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides.  It is interesting to note the role that Charlotte Mason played in these new organisations. A Greeting from the Lady Baden-Powell, G.B.E. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, May 6th 1951. DEAR MISS MOLYNEUX, May I offer my best wishes to you all on the celebration of the ‘Diamond Jubilee’ of the Parents’ National Educational Union School. What a great occasion this is for everyone concerned, and it is perhaps rather specially happy that you are having this big event at the same time as the ‘Festival of Britain!’ I shall be so glad later on to see the ‘Jubilee Number’ of your Magazine, and it is very nice of you to plan to include in it the short article that my husband wrote for you some years ago, as Founder of the Boy Scout and Girl Guide Movements. He was a man of action, …

An Overlapping, Interlocking Experience by LeAnn Burkholder

Recently, after three particularly dark and difficult years, the writings of Charlotte Mason took on a whole new level of meaning and depth in my personal life. I had just walked through great loss and was fighting hard against depression. I needed to feed my soul, to be inspired by the heroic, and the beautiful and to rediscover hope through the lives of others. I began reading to myself, reading for the sheer pleasure of reading, and reading to nurture my heart and soul. I was also drawn outdoors and I began taking more outdoor walks with my kids and soaking in the sun, feeling the wind in my hair, observing a world alive with new life and exquisite beauty. Many times this beauty was a stark contrast to the dark emotions that I was battling. This is not to say that I went on a mothering vacation, although that would have been lovely. There were still normal daily mommy duties, and homeschooling responsibilities didn’t evaporate, however all extra outside activities and responsibilities were cut …