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    Louvain-la-Neuve: gathering of 25,000 Scouts

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    Participants will be able to discover their common Scout DNA through various activities, challenges and courses on offer.
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    Nearly 25,000 children and youngsters will participate on Saturday April 21st in BeSCOUT, a large gathering due to take place in Louvain-la-Neuve. The Baden-Powell Scouts of Belgium, the largest Scouting association in francophone and German-speaking Belgium, made the announcement yesterday. All group members are invited to the day. King Philippe will be present for part of the day, and take part in two activities.

    The Scouting Federation explains that the aim of the day is to “make participants proud of belonging to a worldwide movement.” An event of this type first took place in 2012.

    The participants will be able to discover their common Scout DNA through various activities, challenges and courses on offer. The association maintains, “They will also become aware of their impact on society, whether through their actions or the values that they hold and live out.”

    The preparation for the event has been going on for several weeks, in particular to create a backdrop “worthy of the biggest festivals”, all by using the maximum amount of recycled materials, so as to redesign Louvain-la-Neuve in the BeSCOUT colours.

    Nearly 10,000 teenagers willl arrive on-site in the evening of Friday April 20th. Games, a course to the campsite and evening entertainment will all be available for them. Other activities and challenges, appropriate for rainbows, cubs, scouts or venture scouts, will take place on the Saturday. Numerous trains and cars will be used to enable children and youngsters to get to the event.

    As indicated above, King Philippe will be present for part of the day on Saturday. He will first pay tribute to the volunteers who work behind the scenes, following which he will visit the cubs and scouts, and take part in two activities with them.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times