Why 31? We chose the number in the tradition of German athletic organizations using the year they were founded in the name of their teams. Since the Vereinigung Erzgebirge was founded in 1931, we decided to use 31!
Scouting has a long history in Germany, one that predates Scouting in the United States! In 1909 Dr. Alexander Lion translated the book- "Scouting For Boys" into German. Soon, many groups of Scouts sprang into being.
The Ring Deutscher Pfadfinderverbande (German Scout Federation), which consists of 3 Associations, was recognised by the World Scout Conference in 1950. All 3 Associations maintain close contact with other Scout Associations around the world. Their social commitment is expressed through assistance to developing countries, environmental conservation and work with handicapped children.
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