The Second Scout Group of Patras was founded in 1924 with the establishment of the Boy Scout Troop that started operating with two Patrols, the Lions and the Eagles. It's one of the first Scout Groups that operate in Patras. The effect of Scouting on the youth of the times was huge and soon the Troop had to form another two Patrols, the Ravens and the Wildcats in 1932. (Today the Troop consists of five Patrols, the fifth being the Storks, founded last in 1975). Theinitial home of the Second Scout Troop of Patras was the ground floor of the building at the intersection of Satovriandou and Tzortz.
During that time, the Boy Scouts had no choice but to be removed from Scouting after they became teenagers (15-16 years of age) since the regulations didn't say anything about Scouting in those elder ages. With the Self-Birth of Hellenic Scouting, after World War II, in 1946, "Explorer Scout Troops" -as they were initially called- make their appearance for Boy Scouts to enter after the end of their Boy Scout course.
In that way, in 1946, "Second Explorer Post of Patras" (to what the Explorer Scout Troops were later renamed) got established in Patras by former Scouts of the Second Boy Scout Troop.
During the 50s and 60s the populous Second Explorer Post was an active part of the national scouting events, it realized unconventional (for those times) activities like summer camps abroad and participated in most national and international meetings (athletic games, jamborees etc.). Details of the activities and the life of the Second Explorer Post can hardly be recorded. They remain as unforgettable memories in the hearts and minds of all those young boys and girls that have at times constituted it.
A new member is being "baptized" (given a
After a lot of modifications in the form of Exploring as years went by, the 28th Camp of Explorer Post 2 of Patras, in August 1985, at Voidomatis (a magnificent canyon in Northwest Greece) marked the commencement of a new era for the Post.
That year, the Explorers of the Second Post were honored after presenting, in a special ceremony at the National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts of Greece, their study on the protection of the Caretta-Caretta sea turtle. They were seeing and observing the turtles by tens every night at the coast of Elaia (Trifillia province, county of Ileia) were they were assisting the services of the camp of the Second Group's Scout Troop. A lot earlier than any ecologic organization dealt with the matter, the Explorers got awarded with the First Panhellenic Scout Distinction for the Preservation of the Environment.
The historic Second Explorer Post of 1985 at the
At the same Camp, the Explorers of the Second Post, under their own initiative, extinguished the fire in the forest next to the campsite. Although it was late at night and dark, the 2 guards managed to wake the rest of their fellow-explorers and the leaders without disquieting the sleeping Scouts at the camp nor the Fire Department. Their accomplishements got awarded with the Arrant Acts Medal of the Boy Scouts of Greece.
That summer was the start an of era of particular acme in the activities of the Second Explorer Post of Patras. Since then, it has been participating and repeatedly been awarded for its services to the Society as is the case with assisting the earthquake victims of Kalamata, Pyrgos and Aegio cities, contributing to the protection of the nature (like in the survey for vydra, the aquatic) and promoting the Hellenic Cultural Heritage (like in the survey for recording the folklore and cultural items of the Zagori region).
From an excursion at the Tsivlo Lake (central Peloponnese)
In the camps that the Second Post has realized, it has explored Greece from one border to another. It has also organized and realized the First Inter-Balcan Camp at Flambourari, Epirus in 1992 where Scouts of the former Northern Epirus region participated, a camp at Romania, a camp at South Italy (Calabria) while the summer of 1999 offered hospitality to an Italian Explorer Post from the greek-speaking region of Calabria. This camp was realized in the framework of a youth exchange program supported by the European Commission and funded by the Hellenic General Secretariat of Youth.
Snapshot from the Promise Ceremony at a camp in Kastania
In its course through the years, this Post has filled the youth years of hundreds of teenagers with experience, emotions, education, laughs and memories but, above all, with Scouting Morals, Ideals and Principles.
The former members of the Second Scout Group of Patras have appointed their own annual reunion dates. These reunions take place at our Club and are fixed so that everybody recalls them. In particular:
Souvenir from our 38th camp in Kara Dere (Black Forest) in Drama.
Explorers performing a survey of the underwater life of Kithira
Karagkiozis show (traditional greek shadow play) at Kithira
With a force of 30 members, boys and girls, the Second Explorer Post of Patras is one of the biggest Posts in Greece but, on top of everything, a friendly company.
Excursion at Zaxlorou, September 1997