The King attends a Scout meeting in Copenhagen

Motiv: The King took part in Scout activities in central Copenhagen. Photo: Jenny Leyman

Motiv: The King is Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation and Princess Benedikte of Denmark is patron of the Olave Baden-Powell Society. Photo: Jenny Leyman

Motiv: The Scouts met in central Copenhagen on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Leyman

Motiv: The King meets the Scouts. Photo: Jenny Leyman

On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 May, The King attended a Scout meeting in Copenhagen. The event was arranged by the World Scout Foundation, of which The King is Honorary Chairman, and the Olave Baden-Powell Society, of which Princess Benedikte of Denmark is patron.

The World Scout Foundation External link, opens in new window. and the Olave Baden-Powell Society raise funds for the continued development of the global Scout Movement. Today, there are approximately 50 million Scouts around the world. During the weekend, around 250 people from all over the world came to Copenhagen for a fundraising meeting for the global Scout Movement.

The weekend's activities included a leadership seminar with the Confederation of Danish Industry on the Saturday morning. The King opened the meeting and spoke about how, in this fast moving world, we need people in our companies, in our countries and in our communities who know how to react fast and to lead and bring people together. He also mentioned how, during its 100 year-long history, the Scout Movement has helped to train leaders, encouraging young people to make a difference in their communities and in the world.

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The King gives a speech during the leadership seminar with the Confederation of Danish Industry. Photo: Jenny Leyman

The King gives a speech during the leadership seminar with the Confederation of Danish Industry. Photo: Jenny Leyman

On the Saturday afternoon, a Scout activity took place in central Copenhagen. Participants had to find various locations in the city, together with Danish and Swedish Scouts, using GPS navigation.

On the Saturday afternoon, The King took part in a Scout activity in central Copenhagen. The participants had to find various locations using GPS navigation. Photo: Jenny Leyman

On the Saturday afternoon, The King took part in a Scout activity in central Copenhagen. The participants had to find various locations using GPS navigation. Photo: Jenny Leyman

The Saturday evening concluded with a gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace, at which new members of the World Scout Foundation – Baden-Powell Fellows – and the Olave Baden-Powell Society were welcomed by The King and Princess Benedikte.

During the dinner, The King gave a speech in which he emphasised the importance of involvement in the Scouts and the difference this makes for millions of young people around the world. As an example, he mentioned his visit to the Philippines earlier this year and his meetings with young people whose lives had been changed through the Scouts' Ticket to Life Project and his meetings with Scouts in the typhoon-hit city of Tacloban.

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During the Saturday afternoon in central Copenhagen. Photo: Jenny Leyman

During the Saturday afternoon in central Copenhagen. Photo: Jenny Leyman