Scouts take down their tents

The national summer Scout camp for scouts, which gathered together more than 25,000 people under canvas for two weeks, has finished.

This content was published on August 2, 2008 - 10:19

The event, the first of its kind for 14 years, came to a close following a visit by Swiss President Pascal Couchepin to mark Swiss National Day.

Couchepin, a former scout himself, praised the movement's values of community life, solidarity, optimism and openness.

A spokesman for the camp said that the children, among which were 500 foreigners, had enjoyed an "unforgettable experience" during their stay.

The national scout camp in the Linth plane between lakes Zurich and Walen is the only event bringing together all Swiss scouting groups. It normally takes place every 12-15 years.

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