Re: Intercamp '91
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Wed, 22 May 1991 17:46:00 EDT
Intercamp ist WONDERBAH!
Having attended the Intercamps in 84, 85 and 86 (and served on staff in 85),
I can agree with your statements!
Every BSA scouter should have a chance to go to INTERCAMP (or its cousin,
EUROCAMP)...its a very humbling experience when we in the USA think that
"the sexes must not cross". My campsite was next to a Deutches Pfinderienne
(female) led unit. In germany, there are three major Scout organizations...
the Catholic Church leads guidance to one (the group which camped next to
us were one such gruppe (troop). There were the usual boy-girl things that
would happen at a picnic: boy meets girl, boy chases girl, girl chases boy,
boy and girl hold hands at campfile, boy and girl tearfully kiss and wave
goodbye (and promises to write) when they returned. Other than than, we had
no problems with having boys next to girls camping.
Besides, our food was better than theirs and we had a chance to show off what
school (and military) german we knew...and they the same for english.
The only thing I did not like about INTERCAMP (and its a purely cultural thing)
was the fact that beer was served at the campsite. In 84 there was a INTERCAMP
Scouter's Club where adult members can have a beer and talk about Scouting.
In 85, the Scouter's Club was moved to a nearbly German Gasthaus (resturant
and rest haven). In 86, again the Club was moved to a large fest tent almost
in the center of the campsite area. Somehow, the idea of sitting around a tent
drinking brewskis and talking Scouting is inconsistant. But it was done,
and everyone (including a lot of American Scouters) participated in the venture.
In defense, they also sold cokes (warm; europeans do not like a lot of ice
to water down their drinks) and coffee (which I throughtly enjoyed since I
did not bring any coffee in 84 and 86 (I forgot coffee!) for those non-drinkers
to consume. The money went to the adminstration of the camp and to defray the
cost of using the land.
Each year, the Transatlantic Council (whom represents the BSA in such
International ventures) holds a lottery to determine which units go to that
year's INTERCAMP (the deal is that there is a limit of 500 youth per country
invited so each country selects the participating units). If your unit had
never attended INTERCAMP or have not participated in one in three years, your
unit number is placed in a bowl and ten units are drawn from that bowl. If your
unit participated in INTERCAMP two years ago, another bowl of units is drawn
in which only five units are chosen. If your unit attended INTERCAMP last year
you are placed on a list in which after the deadline is passed for the
first two groups to send in a deposit and list of youth and adults to attend,
then the first unit has 48 hours to get in the information...then the next and
so forth. It makes it really special for each unit to attend and the TAC and BSA
treats this as a INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITY. The staff is pulled from each member
nation as well and is based on a request to your country's INTERCAMP coordinator
Again, David, you have a great chance to see how Scouting is done in many
other countries during INTERCAMP. Have a great time, and who knows...I may be
back there for INTERCAMP 95!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City