Scouting the future: A once-in-a-century night
The Scouts Movement marked this week 100 years since the start of its activities in Israel in an evening of celebrations organized by the Tel Aviv Municipality.
During the event, the facade of the municipality building was lit up with the words: "Always prepared - 100 years of the Scouts Movement."
In the conference hall on the 12th floor, the gathering was joined by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, chairman of the Hebrew Scouts Eli Ben-Yosef, head of the Tel Aviv Scouts Idan Gavish and movement activists.
The Scouts, who started their journey in Tel Aviv in 1919 and are considered one of the oldest Scout organizations in the world, is today the largest youth movement in Israel, counting approximately 90,000 youth and more than 200 tribes across the country. In Tel Aviv and Jaffa alone, there are 22 tribes.
"100 years of Scouts in Tel Aviv-Jaffa is a joint celebration, because since the establishment of the Hebrew Scouts Movement, here in the first Hebrew city, the organization and the city have benefited equally," said Huldai.
"In contrast to the prevalent image of today's youth, the image of a Tel Aviv Scout is not that of an indifferent and withdrawn observer, but of an involved young man," he said.
Israeli Scouts CEO Cali Cohen said: "100 years of moral activity is not a trivial matter, and the centennial year is our opportunity to thank all the partners for the long journey, which is of course far from over, especially the local authorities. I wish all of us at least another 100 years of joint moral activity."