n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - «Το καμάρι της Ελληνικής Παροικίας μας» : founding and early years of the 1st Hellenic Boy Scout Group in the Witwatersrand region (1952-1956) : documents - discussions - notices & reviews

Volume 94, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Little has been documented about the social history of the Hellenic community of the central Witwatersrand during the 1950s. The Hellenic Boy Scouts played a distinct role in this regard by celebrating religious feast days and organising events such as open picnics, dances and other functions that drew the community together. In addition, the maintenance of ethnic origins is vividly portrayed in the establishment of an entity such as the Hellenic Boy Scouts in the Diaspora. Primarily it is the church - our Greek Orthodox Church - that strives to maintain our ethnicity and it was our Church that was foremost in giving not only its blessing to the formation of the 1st Hellenic Scout Group, but initially it also made the grounds of the Holy Archbishopric available for the Scouts' use. The successes of the Hellenic Scouts triggered the formation of more entities for the Hellenic youth, such as Sunday Schools and yet more Scout groups.

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