President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski took over the honorary patronage of scouting organisations in Poland and abroad, among them of the Polish Scouting Association in Lithuania.
‘On taking over the honorary patronage of scouting organisations the President Bronisław Komorowski shows the nature and significance of the scout movement. We believe that it is going to be not only ideological but also pratical support’ — commented to PL DELFI on the President’s decision sub-scoutmaster Julia Darjina, the Head of the Polish Scouting Association in Lithuania.
In the opinion of Julia Darjina scouting has a huge impact in shaping the personality of young people. ‘Scouting plays a great role in forming the character of young people. At first glance it may seem that scouting consists only in trips, but it is not true. Scouters, instructors are those who do educational work in the scouting troop within their unpaid activities’ — stated Julia Darjina.
The ceremony of the takeover of the patronage for scouts took place on 25 May in Warsaw. In the ceremony took part the representations of the Polish Scouting Association, Scouting Association of the Republic, Polish Scouting Association abroad, Polish Scouting Association in Lithuania, Social Republican Federation ‘Scouting’ (Belarus), Polish Scouting Association in the Ukraine, Scouting Association and Catholic Scouting Association ‘Zawisza’ FSE.
The ceremony began at 5:00 p.m. with an appeal delivered by the President in the courtyard of the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw during which the President gave the patronage acts to the authorities of the organisations. Subsequently, a meeting took place whose main event was the speech delivered by the President.
Polish Scouting Association in Lithuania is a scouting organisation which continues the tradition of the pre-war Vilnius Regiment and operates on the territory of today’s Lithuania. Scouting in Lithuania was revived in 1989 when a few instructors from Poland came to Polish schools in Lithuania and suggested creating Polish scouting organisation.
Tłumaczenie Milena Jajkowska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Milena Jajkowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.