H.M. Konungens tal vid Baden-Powell Fellowship Ceremony, Thailand, 18 februari 2009
It is wonderful to be back in Thailand again, surrounded by scouts and
Last time we met here, was in August 2008. At that occasion we decided
to arrange a new Baden-Powell Fellowship ceremony within half a year. I
am glad that vision could become true.
Scouts around the world have something important in common – we are
leaders who try to make a better world to live in. In particular, we care
about the young people who are going to take over from us in the coming
I am concerned about the future. In this globalised world with deep
economic difficulties, people sometimes seem to lose hope for the future.
Young people become uncommitted to each other and few youths want to
take the role of leadership and responsibility.
In this situation scouting can help and balance relations. Through scouting
people get to know others who are different from themselves. Scouting
helps young people develop leadership skills based on sound values.
Scouts are prepared to lead and make a difference.
All over the world I meet young scouts, sharing the belief that they are
going to change the world together. And I believe they will! I believe
them because I have seen so many examples when scouting has had an
impact on society. Yesterday, for instance, I visited “The Pattaya School
for Blind”. This is one of 11 schools for blind children in Thailand. There
are over 140 students living and studying for free. The scout movement is
happy to host and to take care of a number of these students from the
school and involve in different scout troops.
It was really gratifying to visit that school and experience all the good
initiatives for the blind.
Another example is, when I last year visited the Arab world. It was
delightful to see the great interest and engagement for scouting there. I am
pleased that we have now developed a good relationship with the scout
movement also in that part of the world.
Although the scout movement is based on voluntary work, money is
necessary. One important source is the contribution from private people
and company donors as well as the founding of the membership from BP
Fellows. All your important engagement and support is very much
With us today here in Thailand, we have a number of new members of
Baden-Powell Fellowship. I know you all will join me in a warm welcome
to these members!
Furthermore, I would like to say to all scouts here today: Continue your
important work for the scout movement, wherever you are in the world.
Scouting is an international organisation with an impact for our common
future. Thank you very much for all your support!
I wish you good luck and hope to see you at the next Jamboree in Sweden