Re: World Events--Jamboree & Moot
Mark McCormack (email@example.com)
Tue, 19 Aug 1997 06:52:07 -0700 (PDT)
In regards to the World Moots and Moots generally, the BSA frowns upon it,
the reason being as far as I understand because alcohol is involved. I was
involved in the Administration team for the 8th World Moot here in Australia
(the first in 30 years) and I attended the 9th World Moot in Switzeland.
There were 4 people from the US for the Moot in Australia and one
(unofficially) for the Moot in Switzerland.
The age range for Moot participants are 18 to 26 and this is set at WOSM
level. To the best of my knowledge. The best person to ask is Danney
Schwendener (?) who is on this list and has a lot of access to the correct info.
Attending a Moot in not solely restricted to Rovers, it is available to any
person in the scouting movement who is between the age of 18 - 26, and this
includes leaders in this age group. If an individual is older than this and
would like to attend a Moot then the person could go as staff and still have
a lot of fun.
Back to the main grip of BSA and that is Alcohol, pure and simple. In
Australia and a lot of other countries you can vote, drink, gamble and die
for your country at the age of 18, in many countries it is legal to drink at
16. But the thing I noticed the most in the USA were the number of
restriction placed on people. Not allowed to drink or gamble before the age
of 21, this is a very paternlistic attitude and in many ways discriminates
against people in this age group. But it is not my country so who am I to
say what is right and what is wrong.
After having been involved in 2 World Moots and many other camps I am
against letting any one go under the age of 18, those people can go to a
World Jamboree, or come here to Australia for a Venture in January,
(remember it is summer here).
I do not know what the Mexicans have in mind, and I came across a number of
them in Kanderstag, Switzerland and they know how to enjoy themselves. I
would love to go if I could but there is the 11th Australian Venture on at
Angelsea in Victoria west of Melbourne in January 2000.