Re: Staying both here and rec.scouting
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 14:52:00 EDT
>There are presently THREE "overseas" Councils...the Transatlantic and
>Far East Councils, as you mentioned; and the Direct Service Council,
>which serves youth in areas not serviced by TAC or FEC. There's been
>serious discussion about a fourth "overseas" Council, paper-named
>"Camel Area Council", to serve youth in the Near East, Southeast Asia
>and Northern Africa areas because of the downsizing and realignment of
>mililary forces from central Europe to that part of the world. There
>are more BSA units in nine nations in that area of the world than
>there are registered in twenty of the BSA's stateside local Councils!
I didn't think of Direct Service Council as an overseas council because
I thought it included truly isolated areas inside USA as well. (Nome,
Alaska for instance) I presume that you mean SouthWEST Asia rather than
SouthEAST Asia. Removing Southeast Asia (Thailand, etc) from Far East
would cripple it.
>As I've mentioned, the International Division of the BSA (which
>supervises the work of the Direct Service Council), has been working
>hard to get the groundwork set up for the establishment of a local
>Council to serve Scouts in the southern and eastern Med areas. The
>old "headquarters" for this new Council was to be in Saudi Arabia;
>now, they are talking about Cairo, Egypt. Much needs still to be
>done, but in the meantime, the BSA is still going with those units
>within the worldwide Direct Service Council for the present.
Cairo sounds like a wonderful choice. In addition to being the crossworld
of the Arab world, contact between Israel and any other Arab country would
be much more difficult.
>There are close to 800 Scouts and Scouters registered to over 60
>units in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emerites, Jordan,
>Israel and Turkey (as well as in nine other countries bordering on those
>nations). Many of the units are chartered to American organizations and
>embassies, to American military communities, and to American businesses in
>those nations. A few are chartered to host-nation universities or
Hmm. Scouting units chartered to host-nation universities. :)
The movements of the US military have a GREAT effect on BSA overseas.
In Far East Council, I'd say that half of the units wer STRONGLY associated
with the US military. When the US military pulled out of the ROC, the
district went from 10 troops to 3. (And those three were very small)
I'd be interesting to see what the pullout from Subic Bay & the other
Phillipines locations did to BSA in the Phillipines.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City