- February 23, 2014
Scouting is better than going to a disco
To me, scouting is a way of life and life in general – said, Ryszrd Gierasim, the deputy scoutmaster and the tribal. In the weekend, 220 scouts from Polish Scouting Union in Lithuania gathered at High School in Grigiškės on the occasion of World Thinking Day. Their aim was to honour the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, who is the founder of scouting.
„It is the biggest camping we organize during the whole year” – Wika Strenakowa, the scoutmaster of the camp, said to zw.lt
This year’s motto was „The Wolf that never sleeps” and it was not accidental because it is the nickname of one of scouting’s founders.
The scouts arrived to Grzegorzewo, more frequently called Grigiškės on Friday. On Saturday, such activities as trip games, games, aerobics, cooking and astronomy lessons, etc were organized. Nobody settle down in a routine, and the corridors were full of people.
Scouting is a way of life, which absorbs and you simply become a scout.
„To me, scouting means noisy shouts on the corridors, much happiness, much laugh, questions asked by younger girls: “What should we do? Which way should we go?”. It is simply a very kind way of spending time, it is also a good way to shape your character and to perfect yourself… It is better than going to a disco” – Iwona Zaricznaja, who has been the scout for 7 years and the Scouter of rambling group, said to zw.lt
The groups of ZHPnL were competing in a various contests for the whole weekend. Follow a tradition, the winners will organize World Thinking Day next year in their region.
World Thinking Day is the festival of the friendship, which is celebrated on 22nd February by scouts all over the world. It is the birthday of sir Robert Baden-Powells, the founder of the scouting, and of his wife Olave Baden-Powell. This is the day which reminds scouts all over the world that there are numerous of them and that they all are friends, independently of their skin colour, nationality or the age.
„For me, scouting is a way of life and life in general. It is a school of life” – Ryszard Gierasim, the deputy scoutmaster and the tribal said. “Scouting is not innate. Scouting is a way of life which absorbs and you simply become a scout” – Joasia Wojciukiewicz, the instructor, said.
Tłumaczenie by Anna Kwiatkowska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Anna Kwiatkowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.