World Federation of Independent Scouts in Malta
Baden Powell Scouts Malta, a scout federation founded in 2011, recently hosted the European World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS) workshop in Malta.
The aim of the annual event is to foster cooperation between Scouts organisations across Europe. Fifty-five Scouts from various organisations from Denmark, Italy, Sicily, Belgium, Germany, England and Switzerland, as well as members of the WFIS European Steering Committee attended the workshop. Participants stayed at St Joseph Retreat House in Mosta.
The Qormi Baden Powell Scouts headquarters were inaugurated by Margon Sørensen, chairman of the European WFIS Steering Committee. Qormi B-P Scouts demonstrated to participants how to prepare a Maltese ftira, which was served as lunch.
Workshop participants, who also toured Valletta, Cospicua, Vittoriosa, Ħaġar Qim and Rabat, were served Maltese sweets, tea and coffee near Mdina Cathedral, followed by a walk to Mtarfa, where they were introduced to a number of historical landmarks in the locality.
The tour concluded with the Tower Clock, where they had the opportunity to savour one of the most beautiful panoramas of the island. Parents and Scout leaders treated their guests to a Maltese night in the courtyard of Mtarfa Baden Powell Scouts headquarters.
Mr Sørensen unveiled a commemorative plaque of the 2013 WFIS European Workshop in Malta at the Baden Powell Scouts Malta headquarters in Mtarfa. This year’s workshop closed with a flag down, a word of thanks by the president and international commissioner, a concluding speech by Mr Sørensen and the presentation of a commemorative badge to each participant.