Falling of eastern - European Scouting
Rimas R. Ratay (RAT@PLEARN.BITNET)
Sat, 14 Aug 1993 15:59:47 CET
I'm Rimas Ratay, and I was from 1st Warsaw Scouts Squad. Was, becouse my
squad, like more other in Poland, was disrupded during last three years.
We more discused about phenomenon of falling of scouting in Poland, and we
think, the polish model of scouting is unadequate to reality.
Before 1989, when all scouts moving in Poland was in opposition to communistic
goverment, traditional model of polish scouting - "god and motherland" was
quite attractive to young man, but since restitution of democracy it's popu-
larity strongly falled. Now, when "all is permited", young people prefer to
other kinds of activity, organised (oficially or not - like "skins") or
unorganised. Next bad phenomenon in it is that leaders of Republic Scouts Union
(ZHR) probably don't understand this situation. They believe, that 80 years
old model of scouts education is fully correct now, and only realising it
people are worse then earlier.
I and my friends think, that only correct way to stop full destroying of
scouting in Poland is it's reorganisation to form closer west-like scouting.
If in USA, where are more concurentive possibilities to spend
free time (comparing to Poland), scouting feels well, there are some ways to
retrieve it in Poland too. We only need to find appropriate forms.
But because our knowledge about western type scouting organisation is close
to absolute zero, we hope we'll find some more experienced men, who want help
us. If who want contact us, please send any information to my private adress:
RAT @ PLEARN.EDU.PL
RAT @ PLEARN.BITNET
Excuse me for my horrible English.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City