“will/kommen/an/kommen” – because we are engaged in our local community!


Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (14): a story from Styria, Austria:

„Like a number of other regional Scout and Guide Associations in Austria and confronted with the realities of the situation faced by refugees arriving in their country, members of the regional board of Steirische Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen (the Scouts and Guides of Styria, a member of  Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs (PPÖ) thought how best Scouts and Guides in Styria could offer their skills, time and material to refugee support activities in their local communities.

While a number of Scouts and Guides quickly joined other volunteers from civil society organisations and contniue to engaged at the main regional refugee welcome centre outside Graz, the capital city of Styria, the regional board called for a meeting with representatives of all Scout and Guide Groups of Styria to discuss which further activities could be envisaged, remembering their promise to ‘leave this world a little better than they found it’.

The result is the new initiative “will/kommen/an/kommen” (welcoming/arriving). ‘With this project we want to express that as Scouts and Guides we are not only here to contribute to prevent that children, young people, women and men who had to leave everything behind are exposed to further hardships as they continue their journey. We are also concerned about how we can best welcome into our local communities those refugee children and young people and their families who have applied for an asylum in our country.’

This is why the Scouts and Guides of Styria started collecting relevant methods and materials for child and youth work, plan expert led workshops and trainings for the Scout and Guide Leaders, and organise children’s game afternoons, to name but a few examples through which the association wants to underline its intention to live to the project’s motto ‘will/kommen/an/kommen’.”

If you are involved in a similar refugee support activity, let us know and we will share it, too!