One of the things I was really hoping to do while we are in Stockholm was to meet some Swedish Scouts. At home I am part of a very active Scout group, who travel abroad every year, either for their own camps or to attend international camps. I have met and made friends with many Scouts from around the world this way, and so was keen to do the same whilst I am here!
Luckily I was able to make contact with a lovely group not far from where we are living, and for the past two Mondays I have been welcomed to join the Huddinge Scoutkår. The Scouts are aged 12- 15years and meet from 6.30 – 8.30pm with time at the start and the end for leaders to talk and plan. The Scouts carry take part in many activities that are similar to Scouts in Scotland, however, the crucial difference is that in Sweden Scouts meetings are outdoors, regardless of the weather. This is really interesting as, for example, on Monday when we were practicing knots and lashings the Scouts were having to do these practical tasks in the dark, rain and wind. This really tests their skills and prepares them for times where they would have to tie knots or build structures for a purpose in similar conditions.
This is also a very active Scout group, and I have already been invited to a Scouting competition this weekend and a camp the following weekend. Though it is a busy time (as we are also on placement just now) I am really hopeful that I will be able to help out and take part in some of these additional events! The leaders and Scouts have been so friendly! I am really grateful for all the time and effort they have put in to make me feel welcomed – including speaking English, as my Swedish still isn’t as good as it should be!
Thanks to the Huddinge Scoutkår!