International experience

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Here you will find international opportunities for the year 2020.

International Opportunities

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Belgium (Antwerp)

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The heart of the lively port city of Antwerp, where you find shops, pubs, restaurants, the citycampus of the University of Antwerp, gothic and baroque monuments… And the oldest Flemish scout troop of Belgium.

Just beside the Saint James church, where the famous painter Rubens

is buried a rather large building (for a scout troop) is completely taken by the Scouts and Guides of the 1st and 25th Sint-Jacob (Saint-James).

Not even such a long time ago, youth movements and so also Scouting and Guiding worked separated… This explains the two numbers (1 and 25) of this troop which nowadays is mixed, from the youngest Beaver upto the oldest Rover. Number 1 was logically given tot the first Scout troop while number 25 was given to the much younger Guide troop, working in the same parish and holding the same name and colours.

Needless to tell you that all members of Sint-Jacob are proud to celebrate the centenary of their troop, which is called, in a familary way: Den één (The One, The First).

The troop was founded in 1913. Scouting had already made its appearance since a few years in Belgium (Belgium was the first country of the European mainland where a scout movement was founded) but was until then merely a select club of English and French-speaking bourgeoisie.

Since 1895, Georges de Hasque, an Antwerp’ businessman, was active in the patronage of the St. James parish.(Sint-Jacob). After already been acquainted with Scouting in 1908, he decided to introduce this gradually in the patronage operation. Not rushing but via the a small detour called the ' Patria Club’ where finally a scouts troop would be founded.

On the 27th of October 1913, Georges De Hasque made his promise in the first Flemish Catholic troop. Even though the introduction itself was successful, Georges de Hasque encountered a lot of resistance. Where the other troops were Francophone and mostly secular, his troop was Flemish and Catholic. He also insisted that the members of his troop could wear the well-known beige scout shirt . This was normally only for the French-speaking elite , the Flemings had to wear a green shirt (such as the ones still worn by the Walloon youth organisation ‘Patro’). Georges de Hasque however was determined and the troop was officially accepted by the BPBBS (Baden-Powell Belgian Boy Scouts), the predecessor of what is now Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen (Scouts and Guides Flanders).

If you are not scared of the neighbors of a famous but dead painter, we will gladly welcome you during the 13th Network Meeting!

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