The Republic of Geneva welcomed the World Scout Committee
On Friday, 20 March, Mr Laurent Moutinot, a Councillor of State of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, hosted a reception for the World Scout Committee in the prestigious Alabama Room at the Hôtel de Ville (Geneva’s City Hall). It was here that the Red Cross was born.
The World Organization of the World Scout Movement has been based in Geneva for 40 years. In 1969, this was a significant move. Mr Luc Panissod, the newly appointed Secretary General, highlighted the points that unite Geneva and Scouting.
Geneva is international and so is Scouting. The international expansion of the Scout Movement that began as of its earliest years was a great surprise and source of satisfaction for its founder, Lord Baden-Powell. We now know that this international dimension formed the basis of the mission of peace that Baden-Powell bequeathed. Here we touch on our second point in common: Peace.
Finally, at the Jean-Jacques Rousseau School, following in the footsteps of Jean Piaget, researchers and academics found that Geneva was a place for experiments and discoveries in education sciences. This was behind the support that Geneva offered to the World Scientific Congress on Education that enabled the Scout Movement to reconnect with the scientific community.