The Prestonian Lecture for 2012

Scouting and Freemasonry:
two parallel organisations?




Summary of the 2012 Prestonian Lecture

In the 2012 Prestonian Lecture I detail the numerous parallels between Freemasonry and Scouting, as well as three major differences. Inevitably the question arises whether the Founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell, was a Freemason and I address not only that question but also ways in which Freemasonry may have influenced Scouting, examining the contributions of Masonic Scouters.

Moving on, I describe the role of the Kindred Lodges Association and the current and potential future relationships between Freemasonry and Scouting at national and local levels. I will give examples of how such relationships are working today. Finally I outline my personal vision of how Freemasonry and Scouting can be of help to each other as they both face challenges in our rapidly changing society.

The Prestonian Lecture presents a fresh and expanded coverage of my previous research, writing and talks on the topic of Scouting and Freemasonry. I bring up to date the existing material, outline the results of new research and describe how Lodges and Scout Groups are working together - as well as other recent events.

The Lecture is complemented by a published booklet that covers the ground in considerably more detail. The booklet is on sale at deliveries of the Lecture and through this website.


Tony Harvey
The Prestonian Lecturer for 2012

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