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The picture was taken when Alice visited Emily’s patrol’s campsite during Pax Ting.
All of my children were Hungarian Scouts and in 1989 the Girl Scout troops from all over the world celebrated Pax Ting in the American Hungarian Scout Camp in Filmore, New York.
It was the fiftieth anniversary of the original Pax Ting (Peace Gathering or Meeting) held just outside of Budapest, Hungary in 1939.
Wikipedia has this to say about that special event:
“Pax Ting was the first Girl Guide and Girl Scout World Camp held after the formation of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It was held in Gödöllő, Hungary from July 25 to August 7, 1939, and attended by some 5,800 Girl Guides from around the world.
At the 10th World Conference of Girl Guides which was held in Adelboden, Switzerland, it was decided to hold a world meeting for Girl Guides in 1939, following the example of the World Scout Jamborees. The site was chosen as Gödöllő in Hungary, where in 1933, the 4th World Scout Jamboree had been held. It was suggested calling the camp “Jamborina”, but consultations had to be held with the World Organization of the Scout Movement about using this as the official name. Later, on the advice of Olave Baden-Powell the name Pax Ting (meeting of peace) was chosen. It was decided that 120 Girl Guides and 12 leaders from every country could take part. The minimum age for participation was 14 years, and the Girl Guides had to have achieved second class and a camping badge. The leaders had to have a camping diploma. In the year preceding the camp, Hungarian Girl Guides had learned foreign languages so as to be able to act as a guides and interpreters. Archduchess Anna of Hungary, Prince Gustaf Adolf and Princess Sybilla of Sweden were also present at Pax Ting. Due to the threat of World War II, which broke out a month later, there were only 5800 girls from 32 countries present.
A set of four postage stamps was issued to celebrate Pax Ting. The 2f stamp has a hand raised in salute with an olive branch in background. The 6f stamp features the Hungarian Girl Guide insignia, composed of the Shield of Hungary, the Crown of St. Stephen and Lily. The 10f stamp shows the heads of two women. The 10f stamp features a dove with olive branch in front of a banner.”
At the camp in Filmore there were Hungarian Girl Scouts from all over the US and Canada as well as Europe, Australia, and South America. Ethnic Scouts from other countries also attended. I remember Lithuanian Scouts and German Scouts and I know there were others…. It made a great impression on my daughters. They just loved it. Paul and I camped out there in the parents section for a few days at the end of the camp. Andy was there too, and our dear poodle Csapi.
This image is of an old flag from Gödöllő, though I am not sure it was flown at Pax Ting.
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