Re: Welcome to list
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Mon, 8 Mar 1993 20:38:00 +0000
> Gino, welcome to the list... I don't know that we have anyone else from
> Italy who leaves messages here. We don't have Rovers in the USA, but we do
> have a program for 14-21yr old Boys and girls called Exploring.
I would be much intrested in it. Even though the age span is shorter here
in Italy (16-21), I think some of the issues may be similar.
I found many people able to explain me how Cub Scouting and Scouting works
in the U.S., but I found little info about Explorers.
> > The main outdoors activity is the "Route", i.e. a moving camp; every
> > night in a different place.
> This sounds like a great idea, and would like more details on how it is
> organized and carried out. I would also be interested in exchanging more
> program and activity ideas with you for the older teen aged youth.
As I said, the main summer activity is the "Route". It is more than just a
hiking camp, because the "way" one goes thru is linked to the individual's
A route teaches essentiality (you can only put in your backpack what will
fit, and you'll have to bear the weight). It teaches never taking anything
for granted - you sleep every night in a different place, and who knows
what may happen tomorrow. It teaches solidarity, since your friend will
often need help. It teaches your limits, and will let you discover them.
But when we aren't outdoors, the other activities are almost all of Service.
First a Rover does some service outside the Scout Association (e.g. with
handicapped children, or first aid volunteers), then, when he is 18-19 he
will start a service inside the association, helping Scouters (either with
Scouts or with Cubs).
At the age of 21, a Rover asks for his "leaving" (i don't know how to
translate that). He starts his *real* life, putting into practice every-
thing he learned in scouting (and that doesn't means tying knots!).
He will start a Service, and this time not just as an experience but as a way of
life. If this service is in the association, he will enter the Scouters
Community, and he will start leader training.
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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