On Tuesday 25 March, The King attended the annual meeting of the Swedish branch of the Baden-Powell Fellowship, which consists of 140 people who donate money to the Scout Movement. The meeting was held in Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Dining Hall at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The King is Honorary Chairman of the Swedish Scout Movement. He welcomed the attendees and opened the meeting. He emphasised the importance of supporting young people and giving them guidance – including at local level. This could involve showing an interest in the local Scout group and staying in contact with the group.
The King also spoke about his experiences during this year's Scout trip to the Philippines. In Manila, The King met Scouts whose lives had been transformed through the Scouts' Ticket to Life project, and in the city of Tacloban he saw the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Thanks to the BP Fellows, money has now been raised to rebuild the Scout hut in Tacloban that was destroyed by the typhoon.
The BP Fellows are also working to enable more Swedish Scouts to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.
The Friends of the Scouts was formed at the BP Fellows' 2013 annual meeting, and has awarded funding to various Swedish Scout groups during the year.
During the meeting, Secretary General Katarina Hedberg explained about the Scouts' activities and future plans.
The association now has 70,000 members in Sweden, and a third of all Swedes are or have been Scouts. Worldwide, there are 45 million Scouts in 165 different countries. 500 million people have been members.
At the end of the meeting, new members were enrolled as BP Fellows. Chairman Fredrik Gottlieb retired, and Hans-Eric von der Groeben took over his position.
The Baden-Powell Fellowship consists of more than 2,200 people 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.