I joined our local scout troop in Frankenthal in 1994. That's 17 years now. In 2001 I became the leader of this scout troop a did this time-consuming-but-fun job for five years during my studies. Besdes that I started to get involved in the region and started training future scout leaders. My peak time is definitely over now, but I'm still doing those trainings and showing up at some events (even if it is only for taking pictures).
Scouting is "old" in many ways. "Old" not in terms of being dusty and boring, but rather in terms of being a great foundation of the best thing young people can do in their free time. "Old", but still fresh and innovative (if the right people are in place and pushing things forward).
Scouting was "invented" by Robert Baden-Powell ("B.P.") in the beginning of the 20th century. Actually in 2007 the scout movement turned 100 years old!
My troop "Stamm Martin Luther King" is the oldest one in the region and today's pictures are showing my oldest scouting uniform. On the right front pocket you can see the badge me and the guys from my pack - the "buzzards" - have created when becoming "rovers" in 2000. Next to the compass rose being the rover's symbol it shows parts of our favorite cite from B.P.:
“In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. Our Scout law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take away all occasion for wars and strife among nations.”