On the weekend of April 19-21 the national Khanhiwara took place in Spain.
The 2013 edition will be remembered for a long time because it has been very good.
The good weather enabled participants to enjoy the 15 different tasks that were distributed throughout the city of Requena that were based on tales of the Brothers Grimm, from Snow White to Tom Thumb, to Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood or Rapuntzel…
The Cubs and leaders did not only enjoy the village but also the warmth and welcome of the people, that encouraged them throughout the game and who were interested in finding out more about what we were doing.
All the game was lived in a true climate of genuine scout/cub brotherhood and not a single group failed to attend, making it possible to enjoy everyone’s company.
The same weekend some Green Branch leaders had a technical weekend that also took place in Requena (Valencia) in order to exchange ideas, learn new tools for the summer camps, improve exploration techniques, receive information about the next Eurojam 2014 and enjoy a true guide/scout style of living.
Ayudados por un estupendo clima mediterráneo, la amabilidad de los habitantes de la ciudad y el trabajo de los casi 50 jefes que hicieron posible el Khanhiwara, los lobatos y lobatas han demostrado a todos su espíritu y hermandad. Felicidades a ellos!
Unity! The first National Meeting of the Swiss European Scouts took place on April 13 and 14, 2013.
Several Camps by branch were conducted and they ended in the Cathedral of Freiburg where the Bishop welcomed us. A yellow branck camp was located near the hillside. A Green branch camp was located around the Hauterive Abbey; with the Scouts located across the river, accessible only via a hanging bridge over the Sarine River and the Guides located at the banks of the river.
Smiles on everyone’s lips and the joy that shines on all faces. The complicity of new-build friendships, the joy of meeting old friends made at summer camps. The desire to excel in each of the big games. Scepters to win after a challenge, swords for the honor of the patrol. The ingenuity of everyone to make the camp even better. The confidence of seeing the flags of the districts hoisted: the big sister Geneva and the little sisters Fribourg, Lausanne and Zurich who are growing and the scouts from Bramois; we are always happy to welcome and have again proved that in the Valais we know how to use a map!
Patrol leaders or chefs, being in service makes sense in the big Scout family! Leaving pumped for the camps that lie ahead, saying: when are we starting again? If there is a first, there surely will be a second!
Father Milan Lach, SJ, the national religious assistant for the FSE in Slovakia since 2004, became the auxiliary bishop of the diocesis of Prešov, Slovakia. He was the former religious assistant of Rome 65 and in his professional life he is the vice-Dean of the Faculty of Theology in Bratislava.
He was one of the co-founders of the FSE in Slovakia (together with Archbishop Cyril Vasil, SJ and a group of first Slovak Rovers and Rangers).
Father Milan has always pushed for active Christian life, taking care of different units all around Slovakia, dedicating his time to the development of the movement, especially those who need it most.
Let’s pray for his mission he has at the moment and which he will in the future.