We say it in different languages, but Scouts worldwide live by Lord Baden-Powell’s appeal to ”leave this world a little better than you found it.”
Over the weekend the King of Sweden and Scott Teare, former director of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Division and current Secretary General of World Scouting, visited the Philippines to offer support for victims of typhoon Haiyan.
During the visit, the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf presented a check for $100,000 from the World Scout Foundation to support the disaster work being done by Scouts there. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan killed at least 6,000 Filipinos and displaced millions more, and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines have offered their support on the ground to help their compatriots recover ever since.
At 1.5 million members, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines are the fourth-largest Scouting organization in the world, behind Indonesia, the United States and India.
“The Scouts here are doing some amazing work to help those affected to quickly get back to normal lives,” he said. “What is important for us is how Scouts in Philippines were prepared for such disaster. While we are not a disaster relief agency, there are Scouts all over the world, like the Scouts in Philippines, ready and willing to help when disaster strikes. We have seen this great work pan out recently in support of the Syrian refugee crisis, in Haiti and Nicaragua.”
And here in the United States. I’ve blogged about countless stories of Boy Scouts coming to their community’s aid after tragedy.
I guess serving others is just part of a Scout’s DNA, both here and abroad.
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