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His Majesty King Carl the sixteenth Gustaf of Sweden, Honorary Chairman, World Scout Foundation joined Melton Mayor Kathy Majdlik to open the new Caroline Springs Scout Hall

PLANS for Victoria’s newest Scout hall in Caroline Springs have been given the royal seal of approval from the King of Sweden, who also happens to be the King of Scouts.

King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, the honorary chairman of the World Scout Foundation, made the trek to Melbourne’s western suburbs on March 18, to break ground at the site for the new building at Burnside Heights Reserve.

But Melbourne’s unpredictable weather proved a challenge with storms wiping out arrangements for his royal highness to visit the site.

Undeterred, he and Melton Mayor Kathy Majdlik travelled to Catholic Regional College Sydenham for a dedication ceremony instead.

Hosted by the school’s Venturer Scouts — Year 11 and 12 students who are doing the Scout program as a VCE-VCAL subject — he enjoyed lunch prepared by students and met Nathan Galea, who earned his Queen’s Scout award at the school last year.

Once constructed the Caroline Springs Scout hall will be shared with the community including schools and holiday programs.

It will also become home to more than 160 1st Caroline Springs Scouts, who were more excited to meet the King of Scouts rather than the King of Sweden.

1st Caroline Springs Scout Group Leader Claire Mouser said the children couldn’t contain their excitement on the day.

“They were all so excited about meeting the King of Scouts and for all of them this was the first time they had ever met royalty,” Mrs Mouser said.

She said she has struggled to meet local demand for Scouts and hoped construction of the hall would start soon with funding still being finalised for the project.

Until then the group meets at the King Park Scout Hall in Brimbank.

For information visit the group’s Facebook page or phone 0407126187.