Valuable Work of the Guides and Scouts of Sweden Recognised with the Golden Twig Award 2017
Every year, the Swedish Forestry Association’s Golden Twig Award acknowledges exceptional contributions to the wellbeing of the Swedish forests. This year, the Guides and Scouts of Sweden is the first ever association to receive the Golden Twig. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden will hand over the prestigious award during a special ceremony on 25 April 2017.
“In an increasingly urbanised world, the Swedish Scouts and Guides open young peoples’ eyes. They create and nourish their interest for our forest, its possibilities and limitations”, explains Bengt Ek, from the Swedish Forestry Association, when asked why the Scouts and Guides had been chosen to be awarded the Golden Twig.
“The Scouts and Guides play an important role in shaping future responsible natural resource managers, both as professionals and as a wise public. They are role models in creating commitment amongst children and young people.”
"We are incredibly proud and happy to receive the Golden Twig”, comments Katarina Hedberg, Secretary-General of the Guides and Scouts of Sweden, “For us, this award is an important recognition of our work in helping to develop good role models in and for our society, both in cities as well as in rural areas. It underlines the value of the programme proposals offered by our local groups all over the country.”
The Guides and Scouts of Sweden are one of Sweden's largest organisation for children and young people, with more than 68,000 members meeting every week across the country to learn about leadership and diversity, to experience adventures with new friends in the forest and to have great fun exploring the world together.
Latest statistics are further indicators of success: “More and more children and young people want to become Scouts and Guides”, says Katarina Hedberg, “Our movement has been growing for three consecutive year and in 2016, the number of members increased by eight children and young people each day!”
The European Scout Region joins Scouts from around the world in congratulating the Guides and Scouts of Sweden and wishes all current and future Swedish Scouts and Guides plenty memorably adventures in (and out of) the Swedish forests!