Europa 2007, Faroe Islands

European postal operators, organised under PostEurop, conclude an annual agreement on the publication of common European stamps with a specific theme. This year’s European stamps are based on the theme of “100 years of the Scout Movement”.

What does it mean to be a scout? “Scouting is a game with a purpose,” said Baden-Powell, the founder of the scout movement. On 29 July 1907, he organised the first ever scout camp on Brownsea Island in the UK. In 1908, he published a book entitled “Scouting for Boys”.
The scout movement spread fast throughout the world and soon became the largest child and youth movement in the world. Today, 100 years after its foundation, the scout movement is in rude health, with over 28 million scouts in more than 216 countries. The fundamental concept of the scout movement has remained unchanged over the years, despite various ups and downs and changes.

The aim of the Scout movement is to contribute to the development of young people so that they can realise their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. One of the fundamental principles is that children develop when they are shown trust and when they have challenges in which they can test their scouting skills.

The rules according to which scouts around the world work are enshrined in the scout law and scout promise. Three international principles form the basis of the work of the scout movement: • The individual: scouts are responsible for their own development
• The environment: scouts show respect for their fellow human beings, are helpful and act responsibly in relation to nature and the society we are part of
• The spiritual: scouts aim to find a belief, a spiritual principle, that is greater than human beings Scouts around the world have many other common characteristics, for example the scout uniform, the training system, the scout greeting, the scout law, the scout promise and the scout motto, “be prepared”. Scouts Scout life is fun, inventive, motivational and adapted to the age group, so that everyone can participate. Scouts learn to be out in the countryside together with others and to cope in society on their own.

They are also able to test themselves in competitions, exercises and camps. Children must be 10 years old to become scouts. On Saint George’s Day on 23 April, all scouts around the world make their scout promise. A special ceremony is held for those who are making the scout promise for the first time and thus becoming members of one of the scout patrols.

The scout patrol is one of the cornerstones of scout work and has been since the foundation of the scout movement 100 years ago. In a patrol, the scouts work together under the leadership of a patrol leader, who is a person with experience and abilities. The patrol leader and the older scouts must help and train the younger scouts. A patrol of scouts of different ages works best because the younger ones have something to live up to. There are always competitions of various kinds. Scouts also go for walks in the countryside at all times of the year. Camps Camps are also a regular part of scouting life.

There are usually two troop camps a year. The entire troop is together at a troop camp and there is always something exciting on the programme. Patrol camps are organised by individual patrols. Each patrol has a tent and a patrol box with everything it needs in a camp. When there are association camps, all troops and patrols in the association attend. Sometimes there are joint camps with all the scouts in the Faroes. It is also possible to go to a camp abroad. As a rule, scouts can go to a camp abroad twice while they are scouts.

Once during their time as scouts, they can also go on a World Jamboree. The Jamboree is held every four years and is for scouts throughout the world. The Scout Movement in the Faroes The scout movement came to the Faroes in 1926. Boys had previously attempted to create their own scout patrols but they failed every time. But then four boys in Torshavn decided to start a scout group. Eskild Christiansen was the pioneer and the idea was to stop the fights that then took place between the different quarters in Torshavn.

The scouts met in the basement of Eskild’s grandfather’s house and they got a Dane, Henning Aage Holm (Bomme), to be troop leader. This was the beginning of Skótafylki Sigmunds Brestisonar (Sigmunds Brestisson Scout Association) and the Faroese scout movement.

There are now four different associations and 30 scout groups around the country, with a total of 1500 scouts.
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