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Event Invitation Austria: #PeaceLight 2016 – Central Ecumenical Service

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Once again the Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (PPÖ), the National Scout Organisation in Austria, is hosting the central ecumenical service to help share the Light of Peace of Bethlehem with Guides and Scouts from across Europe and the world.

Under the motto “Building Peace with Courage and Creativity”, which is inspired by verses in the Gospel of Matthew (Mt, 5, 9-10) and linked to the the annual theme of PPÖ “Bunt” (“colourful”), this year’s ceremony will be held at the Syrian Orthodox Church of Mor Ephrem in Vienna’s 10th district on 10 December 2016.

The Scouts and Guides of Austria invite delegations from all countries to travel to Vienna and to fetch the Light of Peace during this event and then to carry it home to their local Groups, towns, villages and families as a symbol of warmth, friendship and peace.

For more details, please consult the Event Invitation and follow the event on Facebook.

“What are pancakes?” – “Come, let’s cook them together!”

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (45): a story from Vienna in Austria.

“What are pancakes?” – “Come, let’s cook them together!” This is the kind of dialogue you may have recently heard at the weekly meeting of the “Camelot” Rangers and Rovers (commonly called RaRo, these are Scouts and Guides aged between 16 and 21 years) of Vienna’s 32nd Scout and Guide Group (Vienna 32) in Austria (members of Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs). The pancake cooking activity was part of the programme run by the Rangers and Rovers with and for unaccompanied young refugees in the framework of the #rarofugees project launched by the Vienna Scouts and Guides last winter.

From a Social-Media post to a limited edition Badge: Supporting Refugee Activities

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (42): a story starting with a facebook-post ending with the production and selling of a limited edition badge “against xenophobia” in Austria (AT)

Not just since last summer the Guides and Scouts in Austria had become more and more active in refugee and migrant support activities in their local communities. Reason enough for Geo, a member of the social-media team of the Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (PPÖ) and also behind the very successful Facebook page “Kurioses, nutzloses oder einfach interesantes Pfadfinderwissen“, and members of the PPÖ Facebook community to look for ways to support those working with and for refugees and migrants in Austria.

Pfadfinderdorf Zellhof: Give me love, give me hope, give me shelter!

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (36): a story from the town of Mattsee in Austria and the nearby Pfadfinderdorf Zellhof

Children running around the house playing games and discovering the beauties of nature is nothing unusual for an international Scout Centre: in any average summer week you can meet up to 800 Scouts and Guides at the Pfadfinderdorf Zellhof. But in the middle of December, when there are nomally only a few groups at the Zellhof over the weekends?

Let’s invite our new neighbours and meet the refugees!

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (9): a story from Freistadt, Austria:

“When we realised that a growing number of refugee families were given accommodation in and around our city and that their daily routine was anything but varied, we spontaneously decided to invite our new neighbours to sepd an afternoon with us.

Some twenty refugees currently live in a former customs building, literally miles away from the city and due to the secluded location of their lodgings particularly dependent on external support and accompaniment.

Our invitation went to these families in particular but also to other refugees staying elsewhere in Freistadt. And so, one sunny late summer day, some fifty children, young people and their families turn up at our Scout Hall and were met by many members of our local Freistadt Scout and Guide Group (member of the Scout and Guide Association of Upper Austria).

We all spent a wonderful afternoon together, with barbecue, games and other activities. And we listened to the sometime incredible stories about the challenges our guests had encountered on their journeys from their former homes in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other countries.

The hours went by too quickly and looking back the afternoon had not just provided the refugees a welcome change in their otherwise dull routine but allowed us, the local Scouts and Guides to understand better the situation these children, youngsters, women and men had found themselves in eventually making them refugees. We have gained a group of new friends!”

If you want to share a similar story about your association’s support activity for refugees in Europe, let us know and we will publish it, too!