From Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 March, The King and Queen took part in a Scout trip with the Baden-Powell Fellowship to Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting was arranged by the World Scout Foundation, of which The King is Honorary Chairman. The Mexican Scout Movement has grown rapidly in recent years, with more and more members joining local Scout troops.
A seminar was held at the Panamerican University in Mexico City. Here, Scouts from various South American countries talked about some of the projects that have been made possible thanks to funds raised. The participants heard about Mexican Scout troops' efforts following the hurricanes that struck the country in 2017.
The King mentioned these efforts in his speech at a dinner with the Baden-Powell Fellowship:
"These young men and women truly set an example; not only for their peers, but also for their elders. For us!"
Read the speech in full here.
On the last day of their visit, The King and Queen took part in a Scouting activity at the National Palace on Mexico City's Zócalo Square, where 10,000 Scouts worked together to build the world's biggest fleur-de-lis (the symbol of the international Scout Movement) from collected empty cans.
The Baden-Powell Fellowship consists of more than 2,200 people in 70 countries who have donated money to the Scout Movement through the World Scout Foundation, of which The King is Honorary Chairman. The money raised helps to develop the Scout Movement in various parts of the world. The Swedish branch of the Baden-Powell Fellowship has 140 members. Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was the founder of the Scout Movement.
The World Scout Foundation
The World Scout Foundation raises funds for the continued development of the global Scout Movement. Today, there are approximately 50 million Scouts around the world.