To learn how to live together : Tolerance and Solidarity Mgr. George Scandar, General Chaplain of Les Scouts du Liban at the 1st World Interreligious Symposium, Valencia; Spain, November 29th, 2003 Presentation by Mateo Jover : George Scandar was born in Zahleh, Lebanon in 1927. A Scout at the age of 11 he later becomes a patrol leader and a scout master. In 1959 he was admitted to the Seminary of Saint Joseph University of the Jesuit Fathers in Beirut. In 1965, after his philosophical and theological studies, he was ordained a priest and appointed at Zahle Parish. In 1976, he was elected as assistant by the assembly of the Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon, thereafter head of the Episcopal commission of the lay apostolate. Straightaway, he was chosen to be the accompanying bishop of “Les Scouts du Liban”. In 2000, he chaired the Lebanese commission for the preparation of the “2000 Great Jubilee”. In 2002, having reached the canonical age, he handed over the responsibilities of the diocese to a new bishop, but continued his apostolate with the laity, the scouts and the youth.
Lord Baden Powell founded a movement opened to the youth of every country, every civilization, and every religion. This is why, scouting has been spread everywhere in the world. Certainly, it is not a religious movement, but neither is it an atheistic movement or indifferent to religion. It is not a movement that places God at the last rank. Rather, God is proposed to be the end and the aim of all the principles and all the activities. Consequently, scouting could be accepted and practiced by all those who believe in God, whatever their manner of belief in Him, and the way towards Him. The love of nature, the games are the full development of the boy and the girl, honesty, friendship, charity, and all the contents of the scout law are the qualities that justify scouting and are the means in giving a chance to youth of all borders to know each other, to converse and to unite under the same tent built on the same values. Nowadays, a number of movements and associations search to meet, to converse, to help each other and to form groups and homogeneous societies. Everywhere people
International Catholic Conference on Scouting (ICCS) Interreligious Dialogue 2007 http://www.cics.org/?wpfb_dl=21