Re: Scouters die in St Petersburg
Frederic T. Harned (FTHARN01@ULKYVM.LOUISVILLE.EDU)
Thu, 25 Aug 1994 08:53:47 EDT
I was very sorry to learn of the tragic deaths of three international Scouters
following the 1st Russian Jamboree in St. Petersburg. The Jambo was a great
learning experience for the nine Kentucky Scouts who participated, and for our
leaders as well. It was an incredibly ambitious project organized by the small
but very dedicated staff of the Federation of Scouts of Russia in St. Pete,
assisted by the Scout Associations in Moscow and in Siberia, with advice and
help from the British Scout Association and some from America and France.
There was no significant help visible from Russian government units, except
for the provision of drinking water, fire protection and military security.
As might be anticipated by those who know anything about Russia, there were
difficulties with transportation, facilities, sanitation, food supply, and
information distribution. The weather also was not ideal. There was, however,
an abundance of Scout Spirit and good will which built many friendships and
enabled the staff to accomplish all major tasks. There were many campfires
with trans-national singing and sharing that lasted nearly until dawn.
Terry Hanna did a superb job leading the American contingent of something
over 100 Scouts from California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan,
Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah, with a brief visit from New Hampshire Scouts.
He did yeoman's work in getting us the information we needed and in getting
our transportation organized. Paul Smith of the Embassy in Moscow also put
in many, many long hours -- most commendably, because he knew up front what
he was getting into.
It was a wonderful international experience, and the contributions of Scouters
such as Linda Hollis of Australia (she and Murray did a great presentation at
the Closing Ceremony), Mike Durnan of the UK, and Marsha Platinova (I think
with the organizing committee), need to be honored and remembered.
Troop 1, Louisville, KY
Lincoln Heritage Council
I used to be a Bear....SE-608
**Frederic T. Harned
**Lecturer in Political Science
**Tel. (502) 581-7961
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