Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouts Movement was proclaimed the Chief Scout of the World in 1920 and in his 2nd visit to Kenya in 1935 fell in love once again with the “wonderful views over the plains to the bold snow peaks of Mount Kenya” to such an extent that when ordered by the doctor in England to rest in the winter of 1937, it was Outspan that he chose to come to.

Lord Baden-Powell was a friend of Sherbrooke Walker (Outspan founder and owner until 1961) whom he appointed as his first Scout Commissioner and Private Secretary. Lord Baden-Powell spent the last years of his life (1938 to 1941) at the Outspan in a special cottage called Paxtu (named from “Pax too” after his English “Pax Hill” home with Swahili “tu” for “only” replacing “too”). Lord Baden-Powell died on 8th January 1941 and is buried in Nyeri town. The Paxtu cottage, now Paxtu Museum and a protected monument (gazette 2001), is dedicated to his life and the scout movement and continuous to be visited annually by hundreds of scouts and guides from all over the world. Outspan Resident guests have free access to Paxtu Musuem while walk-in guests pay a fee. Find more information about this place on the World Organization of the Scout Movement Official Website


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