International Scout Camp at the Hessentag

The local catholic (DPSG) and interconfessional (BdP) Scout districts have joined forces for the Hessentag in Oberursel to hold an international Scout Camp.

83 members of the two organisations and their guests from Epinay in France and Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina are camped on a field that is located between the Marxstraße and the Altkönigsportplatz which is accessible from a path that goes between the Red Cross and Fire Brigade buildings, and from the Mühlenwanderweg.

Guests are welcome, and today the Scouts were offering workshops for the visiting children such as singing, cloth-dying (batik), tracking, pioneering and making twists.

Cooking twists at the International Scout Camp during the Hessentag

Cooking twists over a fire

Tomorrow they are holding a wide game which starts at 10am and again guests are welcome to take part.

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A weekend in Sonsbeck

Last weekend I was invited to take part in a camp for former leaders and helpers of the Scout Group in the town of Sonsbeck, in the Niederrhein part of Germany.

Although I was never an actual member of that particular group, I have been in contact with them for the past 23 years and have visited them regularly throughout that time.

Find out why, and what happened at the camp, in this week’s podcast:

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DPSG stands for Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg.  In Germany there is more than one Scouting organisation, who together make up the officially recognised Ring deutscher Pfadfinderverbände.  The DPSG is a Catholic Scout organisation.

The DPSG was formed in 1929 – 22 years after the first Scout Camp in England.  The four sections are called Wölflinge, Jungpfadfinder, Pfadfinder and Rover. The leaders are called Leiter and Leiterinnen.  The organisation is divided into Diözesen – the Catholic Diocese areas, eg. the Diözese Mainz.

To hear a simple explanation and a short discussion in German, listen to the podcast:

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