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Gone Home: Lord Michael Baden-Powell of Gilwell

It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the loss of Lord Michael Baden-Powell. The global Scout community is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Lord Michael Baden-Powell, grandson of the Founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who has Gone Home peacefully on 3 July 2023 at the age of 82.

Michael was a valued and long-standing BP Fellow, as well as an esteemed member of the Baden-Powell Foundation of Australia, and the Victorian Scout Foundation. Over his 50 years of dedicated service to Scouting, among his many accolades, Michael received the Silver Koala and Silver Kangaroo awards, two of the highest honours for Adult Leaders bestowed by Scouts Australia.

Demonstrating an unwavering commitment towards the Movement, Michael served at all levels of Scouting, first as an Adult Leader in the United Kingdom before relocating and taking on branch roles in Victoria, Australia. Michael was known for his strong leadership, kindness, and generosity, contributing his time and energy to Scouting in service of the world’s leading educational youth movement.

Following the passing of his brother Robert in December 2019, Michael assumed the title of the 4th Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell. The title of Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell, and the 5th Baron of Gilwell, now passes to The Honourable David Baden-Powell, a member of Scouts Australia.

Our thoughts are with his family and all those who knew him, especially his wife, Joan Baden-Powell and sister, Wendy Baden-Powell, both members of Girl Guides Australia.

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