Re: Need Info on Scouting in Munich
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 23 Feb 1994 09:43:47 EST
"Frederic T. Harned" <FTHARN01@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU> writes:
>A family with three good young Scouts in my Troop will be moving to
>Munich, Germany, this summer. The father is an engineer with a chemicals
>company headquartered in Munich, and apparently moving up. The boys speak
>no German at this time. They would appreciate receiving information about
>Scouting in Germany and especially suggestions about contacting Troops
>in Munich. I will be happy to relay any replies to them. Thanks in
>advance for any assistance.
There are presently NO BSA TROOPS in Munchen (Munich), Rick. The last
Troop there cased their colors when the last military unit, the USA
Army Security Agency field station closed their doors in November of
last year. The only "Americans" left are those assigned to the Army
and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) at Sherdian Kaserne, in
downtown Munich. AAFES used to charter a Troop and a Post, but with
their moving of their facility to the Frankfort area, I don't hold
much hope there.
Which DOES NOT mean that they cannot remain Scouts....they MAY
transfer to the Transatlantic Council and become LONE SCOUTS,
registered with that Council's Bavaria District (this is the District
serving youth in ALL of southern Germany, all of Austria and all
of Switzerland). Lone Scouts work with a Lone Scout "friend and
Counselor", registered with the local Council...their father can
serve in this role. They continue to work toward Eagle, can
participate in all District and Council activities, and (if there's
enough Americans left there in the city) eventually form (or
recharter) that Troop that was previously there.
The other option is for them to work with the German Scouting
programs, and there are three German "scouting programs", each one
closely aligned with a church organization. Kai can let you know
about the Stamm (about equal to our District) in the Munich area.
Scouting used to be a grand thing in much of Europe for the Americans.
However, with the massive and extremely fast military drawdown, many
military communities in Germany are left with those only there to
complete their three-year tour (or curtailed tour) and awaiting
instructions as to what military place stateside they're to move to.
Many communities lost their ENTIRE Scouting program lock, stock and
barrel within months...and the TAC is reeling from trying to make sure
that those Scouters are recognized for their service BEFORE leaving
the country...it's a good thing that the military-Scouting connection
there is quite strong. In many cases, Scouting awards are being sent
like military awards are forwarded, to the installation commander at
the soldier's new home station for presentation by military leaders.
The address for the Transatlantic Council, BSA is:
Transatlantic Council, Boy Scouts of America
APO New York, NY 09102
(the Field Director for that part of Europe is still, I believe,
Vincent Cozzone...he used to be the Alpine District's Executive.
Explain the situation to him and he should be able to give you
more advice than what I've given you here. Hopefully, Vince or
the DE for Bavaria has found a new chartered partner for the
Munich Troop and your sons will have a Troop to become part of
again; if not, Lone Scouting awaits).
Mike L. Walton
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