1993 National Jamboree
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Mon, 16 Dec 1991 11:04:25 CST
I don't think either country currently has a Scouting organization recognized
by the World Movement although there are probably "unofficial" groups. I
will look them up in _Scouting 'Round the World_ tonight and let you know.
If not, the International Division at BSA National may have some info on how
to contact any "unofficial" groups.
The Hungarians and Czechs were readmitted to the WOSM last summer after over
40 years of absence. They maintained "unofficial" organizations during both
Nazi and Communist rule.
The International Division of the BSA can arrange pen pal contacts with Scouts
and Scouters in many countries with WOSM members. Write them and ask for info
(or, if there is enough interest, I will post it to the list). One note: Boy
Scout and Explorer contacts are Scout-to-Scout, but Cub Scouts contacts are
arranged as pack-to-pack, den-to-pack, or den-to-den contacts. Why? Many of
the younger boys are not proficient letter writers, so the responsibility for
the correspondence is left to an adult Scouter (as opposed to a parent who may
or may not be interested). Older boys are also more likely to have studied a
foreign language, so they can read and write back in English to their often
monolingual BSA counterparts. B-(
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City