In 1945, Grand Duke Jean was named the Chief Scout of the Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association and in the years since, has definitely left his mark on the association and on Luxembourg's scouts.
Testimonies concerning the late Grand Duke describe him as a convinced scout, who knew the value of humans and nature.
Two of those involved in scouting who knew the Grand Duke well reflected on the Grand Duke's mark. Guy Aach, the general commissioner of the National Scout and Guide Federation of Luxembourg (FNEL, a member of the Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association) between 1989 and 1998, and Jos Loos, the general commissioner between 1969 and 1975, fondly looked back at Grand Duke Jean's commitment to scouting.
Guy Aach first saw the late Grand Duke at the 1957 jamboree in England, surrounded by an entourage. The then-Hereditary Grand Duke remained open to meet and talk with new scouts.
Aach described him as a kind and discrete man, who would sometimes join the Catholic Scouts meetings. In one meeting, Aach said, some members butted heads.
The next time they saw the Grand Duke, they apologised, but he brushed it off, claiming it had been very interesting. Aach stressed that nevertheless, the Grand Duke was a Scouts brother, but also a prince and later on, the Grand Duke.
Many others described Grand Duke Jean as a sovereign without "airs and graces", a point echoed by Jos Loos, who stated that they always met with him as the Chief Scout rather than the Grand Duke.
The now-86 year old physics teacher remembered his first time meeting the Grand Duke, back in 1945 as the then prince became the Chief Scout.
Both Loos and the Grand Duke had something in common - both were recipients of the World Scout Committee's Bronze Wolfe Award, the highest accolade within the association.
Aach had the opportunity to accompany the Grand Duke on an official visit to Israel at the end of the 80s, describing the small team visit as "as friendly as royals could possibly be."
As for the future of scouting, the next royal generation will take over, as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume will follow in his grandfather's footsteps.
The Grand Duke's motto was 'once a scout, always a scout'. As a result, the Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association will always remember and miss him not just as a monarch, but as the Chief Scout.
The current president of "Scouting in Luxembourg", Anouk Galassi, remembered the last time the Grand Duke visited the scouts on 1 March 2019 for the centenary of Luxembourg's Guides and Scouts.
Galassi confirmed that the loss of the Grand Duke is very difficult for all scouts, being that he had been so involved in so many activities. She said he would remain in the hearts of the scouts forever.
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