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Question

In moral conflict with the organisation …

8. fév 2014

being a scout from my seventh year on I recently found myself in sort of
a moral conflict to which I hope to get redemption here.

I grew up and became a boy scout in Austria, where - like everywhere
else in the world I presume - there is one single national scouting
organisation.

Nowadays I live in Germany. As you might be aware, everything is more
complicated here. Some weird political history lead to Germany having
quite a number of scouting organisations four of which are recognised
as members of the WOSM. Unfortunately the troop here in my town is
part of a different organisations.

So here is my conflict: The international fundament of scouting is
very central to me. But: I am told that with the organisation we are
in, we are not entitled to take part in international events nor may I
wear the fleur-de-lis badge (which I had sewed to my shirt without
further thought).

Is there any enlightenment or relief?

Answers (2)

Dear friend, indeed we live in complex times. If it is of any relief to you, Baden-Powell created a Movement and as a Scout, no matter what organisation you belong to and irrespective of its association and membership with international and world bodies, you are a Scout as long as you are following the founding principles as laid by B-P. No one can take that away from you.

However, it does get difficult to be part of international events when you are part of a non-recognised Scout organisation. If you look at it from the perspective of millions of other Scouts who belong to officially recognised organisations, but still cant go to international Scout events due to lack of resources and other reasons - like it was in my case when I was a Scout.

I hope this struggle for you does not become a moral one and I sincerely hope that you will find lots of gratification in doing what lies at the core of Scouting, the day to day activities at the grassroots level - whether as a young Scout receiving youth programme or as an adult leader supporting in its delivery.

Happy Scouting and happy Founders Day!


  • mlo
  • De Germany
  • 21. fév 2014

Dear Srinath,

thank you for your blissful words :-)

Indeed, I am a scout, whatever politics of scouting organisations may thwart it and yes, indeed, a whole lot of gratification arises from my daily work as a scout master for a bunch of kids and youth.

Nevertheless I wish regulation was less tight in that aspect. Maybe time will show … I still DO hope.

Greets
martin