re: international youth communications - Paul Barfoot
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Wed, 8 May 1991 17:00:00 MST
Pual was asking about international communications. I have the following
1. Go International, Go International, Go International!!!
Having lived in Detroit area and in the southwest I have experience
international scouting activities and events from Camping in Ontario Scout
Camps, to Camporees on the Mexico, US border. Troops can do things
together, you do not have wait for your council to do something. Then
there are the International Jamborees! Everyone should have heard about
World Jamboree's, they get a lot of publicity. There are a lot of other
Scouting tours including trips to National Jamborees of other countries and
scouting excursions. Myself, I took a trip to Bogota Colombia in 1974 for
the III Pan American Jamboree. We had a very large turn out from the
United states. They even decided to form two troops because of the
interest (we had sixty US scouts go).
Nothing can take the place of the experience of direct contact with people
from other parts of the world. This is the best way to develop
international communications. Do it with scouts, with exchange student
programs or even with encouraging overseas study when they are in college.
I went back to Colombia and spent two semesters there learning something
new for my university humanities and social requirments. No I was not a
Spanish major, I was a BUSINESS MANAGMENT MAJOR. Yes I had to learn
Spanish, the classes were in Spanish. I took a year at the Univeristy
before I went and made it though all my classes which were in Spanish.
I guess what I am trying to stress is contant. Once you have a better
understanding of other people and culture it makes other forms of
communications written and E-mail, etc a lot easier. The other reason I
stress contact has to do with our ignorance as a people (I am speaking
about Americans from the U.S. of course) of anything outside out rea
I hope you do not mind if I use Californians as an example (they make good
punching bags and this story is true, besides I was a Californian once
-shudder- but not a native). My brother works in El Segundo California
(L.A.) and he was once asked by some oriental female co-workers to teach
them to swim. Another co-worker became very confused as to why they asked
my Brother who like me grew up in MICHIGAN for swimming lessions. This
other co-worker should not be a dummy, after all he is an Engineer, but was
also a native California and had probably never really experience another
culture than that of Southern California. He could not believe there was
anywhere in Michigan where someone could learn to swim real good! He had
no idea that Michigan probably has more opportunity for learning to swim
and to swim per captia then California does. Both have large coast lines,
but California's coastline is salt water. Ever try to swim with your eyes
open in salt water, or even learn to swim in waves. I would even venture
the pool availability per capita in the Detroit area is way ahead of L.A.
Another example, drive thourgh Tucson some time and count all the BOAT
STORES. Yes you heard me right BOAT STORES. Why would anyone want a boat
in the desert? Man has made lakes all around us and the Gulf of California
is a mere three to four hour drive. Lots of water there. I never would
have thought of this one, but now that I live here I know.
This is one of the reason I like to move a lot. I learn more about other
people that way. This is way I suggest face to face contact, if possible
to help foster international communication.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City