Luxembourg Scouts win European Citizens’ Prize

Submitted by NGooderson on Thu, 02/25/2021 - 15:12
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Luxembourgish Scouts from both national Scout associations, FNEL and LGS, have won a prestigious European Citizen’s Prize for 2020. The award is bestowed by the European Parliament for outstanding achievements in promoting European values and unity.

Philippe Berscheid, FNEL Deputy Secretary General has recognised how the European Citizen’s Prize is a great honour and terrific acknowledgement for the incredible efforts that Scouts in Luxembourg have invested since the outbreak of the pandemic.

“Community involvement is one of the central pillars of our Scout Method, we got immediately active when the COVID-19 crisis hit our country in early 2020", he said. 

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For almost four months, the Luxembourgish Scouts offered a range of emergency services to their community – from daily grocery shopping, running errands, dog-walking to life-saving pharmacy trips and other daily tasks, lending a helping hand everywhere.

“Overall, 900+ Scouts fulfilled over 6500 missions for vulnerable citizens. Thanks to our fast responsiveness and our flexible organisational structure, Scouts wereasked by the government to coordinate the national mask distribution. We called this activity “#Bitzdoheem” (meaning #sew-at-home),” Philippe added. 

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Over 40,000 hand-made masks were dispatched to over 50 social organisations country-wide and in addition to these two major projects, both Scouting associations  managed to organise Home Scouting activities for all members during the entire lockdown period.

“This award showcases again the selfless engagement of our Scouts in their local communities. It also shows the important role that we play in society today. We are more than proud of this precious award and want to thank the European Parliament for its selection”, said Raoul Wirion, General Commissioner FNEL and President of Scouting in Luxembourg. “But above all, this award is an inspiring sign of recognition for our young volunteers, who instinctively offered their help when others needed them. They deserve it. Many thanks to all for your impressive help and personal investment!“

Photo, featuring WSF Board Member HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg alongside Scouts from both Luxembourg Associations (c) Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Story courtesy of the World Scout Bureau Europe Support Centre, Brussels