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Sweet Memories of Grossarl

2013 Grossarl 6A hot Southerly wind from the Sahara Desert resulted in temperatures between 30 and 39 degrees C, when 132 participants from 11 countries met in Grossarl at the 45th and last Forum, organized by Guild members of NSGF Austria, from 15 to 22 June, 2013. This year the program was as varied as ever with the theme “Maintain your friendship”. The welcome ceremony was an impressive exhibition of the previous 45 years and brought back sweet memories. All the photo books and many of the “guest books” that we signed on our hikes were to be seen as well as all the various tokens through the years were arranged. In the evening the midsummer solstice was celebrated together with folkloristic associations of Grossarl.

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Jubilee Forum in Grossarl

Grossarl 2012You are welcome to register for the 45th European Forum in Grossarl, Austria.

Please forward this information to all your friends who may not have been to a Gathering before, There is no better time to be out in beautiful Austria nature. The gathering lasts 7 days and each day you may choose from many activities such as foot trails, hiking tours, workshops, music entertainment and excursions.

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Great success for Gathering in Ushuaia, Argentina

2013 Canasgaa 5The Argentina Central Branch group of Scouts y Guias Adultos de Argentina (SGAA), held their 3rd Gathering from 12 – 19 January 2013 in the southernmost city of the world. Ushuaia is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego. It was hosted by the local Guild of Ushuaia with the help of the SGAA Committee.

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A few days in Tunisia

Planting_trees_TataouineIn 2012 again from 5 till 13 October, the National Scout and Guide Fellowship of Tunisia organised a journey open to all the National Fellowships. We were about 80 participants from 9 countries of the Arab region, France and Greece, and about the same number of Tunisians.

Meeting old friends, making new friends were very nice. It is always a pleasure to meet friends during those travels. The discussions particularly with the Tunisians, the Libyans and the Jordanese were very interesting concerning the actions done for the refugees.

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Latest News from Tunisian Gathering

Gathering_Tunisia_2012Not even 1 week before the opening of the gathering organized by the National Scout and Guide Fellowship of Tunisia which will be held from 5 to 13 October 2012 in Sousse, Djerba and Tataouine. Preparations are well underway and the organizers of the NSGF Tunisia are preparing with great pleasure this event in order to welcome the participants of this Gathering.

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My first experience in Grossarl was unforgettable

Godelieve_Grossarl2012For many years my parents came back enthusiastically from their stay in Grossarl at the European forum and I was always informed extensively what they had experienced and who they have met. Due to the sudden death of my father Jan Keur, National President of the Dutch Fellowship from 1998 till 2004, I was the one who replaced him to come to Grossarl while accompanying my mother Martiny and a Dutch couple as being their good friends.

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6th Gathering in Tunisia shows the country

Camel_riding_Tunisia_2010The Tunisia Fellowship welcomes you to their 6th Gathering. All ISGF members may register in order to gain new friends, take part in the activities and get to know the Tunisians. This time the programme will be held in the historic cities of Sousse, Djerba and Tatouine. The 2010 Gathering got more than 400 participants and also many from other regions. (for a report see this link)

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44th European Forum in Grossarl, Austria

2012_Grossarl_articleThe 44th European Forum is an event that is being held each year in the village of Grossarl in Austria. The gathering lasts 7 days and each day you may choose from many activities such as hiking tours, workshops, music entertainment and excursions.

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Excellent visibility of ISGF at Jamboree 2011

ISGF_Jamboree_team_frontISGF had a booth at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden from 26 July to 6 August 2011 where a team of eight (8) full time and one part-time ISGF International Service Team (IST) members from various countries were focused on showing and promoting our organization.

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Impressions new participant about Forum Grossarl

I was asked by the content manager of the website to write my impressions of the Forum at Grossarl which I want to share with you.


The 43rd Gathering was held from 18 - 25 June 2011 in Grossarl, Austria. (Twelve countries and 148 participants). The Swiss delegation already arrived one day earlier on 17th June and so I got an early start to this adventure! As a boy I was a scout in Zurich for many years. During nearly 20 years my four children were scouts and so I kept contact with the movement. However I fully lost contact with my former scouting colleagues. After my wife's death a good friend of both of us encouraged me to join the Swiss organisation of former Scouts and Guides in Zürich. A good idea! Now I take part in the monthly meetings and the hikes. I also visited the weeks in Pany, Switzerland which were similar to those in Grossarl. So my friend asked me to join the small Swiss group travelling to this year's Forum.

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