The 73rd Baden-Powell Fellowship Dinner took place on 4 October in Luxembourg City in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the presence of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation and by kind invitation of His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.
In our Fellowship tradition, the Gala Dinner at the Grand Ducal Palace provided a fantastic opportunity to formally welcome 11 new BP Fellows—predominantly from Luxembourg—as well as recognise those moving through the Honours Programme.
His Majesty The King of Sweden was joined by the incoming WSF Chairman, Hector Robledo Cervantes, to present our iconic gold pin and certificates to the 11 new BP Fellows: Nathalie Aach (Luxembourg), Manuel Baldauff (Luxembourg), Philippe Dupont (Luxembourg), Robert Goeres (Luxembourg), Guy Harles (Luxembourg), Isabelle Lentz (Luxembourg), Friedemann Scholz (Germany), Emma Stoffer (Switzerland); Minou Weber (Luxembourg); Nicolas Wurth (Luxembourg); and John Lawlor (Ireland).
Distinguished Honours Programme presentations were then made to: Byung-Soo Baik (Korea), Benefactors’ Circle; Thijs Stoffer (Switzerland), International Circle; Kent and Constance Clayburn (United States), Ambassador’s Circle; and Hans Christian and Beatrix Habermann (Romania), Ambassador’s Circle. View the Photo Gallery here.
The Gala Dinner marked the culmination of a very special day for WSF Board Member HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, who was recognised as Chief Scout of Scouting in Luxembourg at a stunning Scout event earlier that afternoon.
Thousands of Luxembourgish Scouts and international Scouts, including BP Fellows, representatives of the World Scout Foundation and World Organisation of the Scout Movement, gathered at the municipal park to witness HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume taking on the role previously held by his late grandfather, Grand Duke Jean, who served as Chief Scout for 74 years.
In his speech, the new Chief Scout emphasised the underlying values of Scouting: respect for nature and the environment, team spirit, tolerance, solidarity with fellow citizens and the desire for a fairer society.
A Board Seminar and the 68th meeting of the WSF Board also took place in the Grand Ducal Palace on 3 and 4 of October respectively, chaired by the outgoing Chairman, Lars Kolind.
The 74th Baden-Powell Fellowship Event will take place 16–19 April in Chicago, United States of America.