World fraternity in Scouting and Guiding is not an empty word. During these tragic hours that France lives, it is a particular comfort to read the numerous messages of support that were sent to the Fédération des associations d’adultes et d’anciens du Scoutisme français (FAAS) by its sister associations, members of the International Scout and Guide Fellowship.
On behalf of FAAS, we wish to express our deepest and warmest thanks for all the messages of friendship and hope that strike into our hearts. Scouting and Guiding, movements of education to peace, have always had the aim of bringing peoples and spiritualities, religious or not, close to each other.
We shall more than ever implement the words of hope that Baden Powell expressed at the end of the 1920 Jamboree: “let us go forth fully determined that we will develop among ourselves and our boys that comradeship, through the world wide spirit of the Scout brotherhood, so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among men”.
Yours in fellowship,
Jean-Jacques Gauthé, President of FAAS
Jean-François Lévy, international secretary of FAAS