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They call themselves the Bussard tribe and they know how to survive in the wild without a cell phone or flashlight. The Germeringen scouts are not as old as the movement itself, which dates back to 1907, when the British general Robert Baden-Powell initiated the first scout camp. Yet they do not lack training and practical knowledge. Because they too can look back on a 35-year history, in which the older members passed their experiences on to the younger generation.
"Of course there have been ups and downs in our tribe from time to time, but all in all things are going very well," says youth leader Alexander Wolff. The 19-year-old has been a member of the Germeringer scouts for more than ten years. "We're like a big family," says Wolff. "We all know each other and everyone is welcome, because it doesn't matter where you come from. For us, what matters is who you are."
This principle also applied 35 years ago when a couple of Germeringer scouts split off from a Munich association and founded their own tribe. Since then, the group has grown steadily and today has around 50 active members. For Wolf, the highlights of the tribal history include the annual trips to Hungary, Ireland and Japan, among others. In addition to fixed rules and values that have existed since the group was founded and which the members still use today, there are still a few things that have changed. "The scouts are also becoming a bit more modern overall and moving with the times," laughs Wolff. So three years ago the group got a new hut on their premises with electricity and running water. "In the old accommodation we had to do without this luxury," recalls the 19-year-old. However, the scouts have to do without new types of equipment such as flashlights, cell phones or even a navigation app. "Of course, the leader always has a mobile phone with him in case of an emergency, but we still walk the classic way with a map and compass," emphasizes Wolff. Torches and candles are used for lighting at night.
With so much adventurous spirit, the future of the group is not in bad shape either, because the Germeringen scouts are not lacking in young talent. To mark the anniversary, the group is organizing a public children's party on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the pathfinder area on Wildweg 4. The little ones can put their knowledge to the test in a quiz duel or show their skills by crossing a slackline.
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