THE FATHER OF SRILANKA SCOUTING
The Movement Was By Now Receiving Public Support & Mr Stevens Services Were Recognized In 1917 When The Chief Scout Of The World The Late Lord Baden Powell Awarded To Him Silver Wolf Which He Received On The Eve Of His Departure To Mesopotamia ( Egypt) On War Service.
Mr Stevens Kept In Touch With The Progress Of The Movement In Ceylon (Srilanka) . Scouting Made Very Slow But Steady Progress Mainly Due To The Lack Of Leaders, Many Of Whom Were Serving Abroad On War Service.
In 1919, After a Short Visit To Srilanka Mr Stevens Went On Leave After an Absence Of 9 Years From Home, He Married In The Same Year To Miss Gladys Crockwell & They Returned The Island In 1920.
Mr Stevenson Gave Up His Active Leadership, As He Wanted a Person Resident In Colombo To Take Over The Work. The Needs of the Growing Organization Could Not Be Satisfactorily Carried Out While He Moved From Place To Place Transfer. In 1939 Mr Stevens Was Brought Back Again To Active Scouting & Accepted The Post President & Chairman Of The Local Association. He Was Given The RANK OF HON. CHIEF SCOUT COMMISSIONER.
Mr Stevens Left Srilanka In 1945 To Live In Retirement In England & Prior To Leaving The Island, He Had Written In The 1st Colombo President Own Troop Log Book-
“ I AM VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF RECORDING FALWELL MESSAGE IN THE LOG BOOK OF The 1st TROOP OF SCOUTS WHICH I STARTED IN COLOMBO. IT IS VERY GRATIFYING TO KNOW THAT THE TROOP IS STILL CARRYING ON AND DOING GOOD WORK, I BELIEVE THAT THE BOY SCOUTS WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF CEYLON (SRILANKA) & I HOPE THAT THE 1st COLOMBO WILL TAKE AN ACTIVE PART THEREIN.. TO DO THIS IT IS NECESSARY THAT EVERY SCOUT REALIZE THAT HIS PART IN THE WORK IS IMPORTANT & SEE THAT HE ALWAYS DOES HIS BEST. MY FAREWELL MESSAGE TO THE TROOP WOULD THEREFORE BE THAT IT SHOULD ALWAYS SET BEFORE ITS AIM OF “NOTHING BUT THE BEST”
In Recognition Of His Service To Scouting In Srilanka , The Chief Commissioner Issued an Island wide Directive Placing “ STEVENS DAY” an Event In The Scouting Calendar, To Be Celebrated On Every Second Saturday In The Month Of June.