BSA & World-wide Scouting
R. MIDDELKOOP (Middelkoop@FEL.TNO.NL)
Tue, 1 Nov 1994 11:14:32 EST
Just read the postings about the main orientation of this list
towards BSA issues.
Personally, I can understand the BSA position: an extremely large
area that offers the same programme in the same language. Being a
European gets you a totally different background. International
communication is almost a daily bussiness, especially here in the
Netherlands. It only takes a two hour drive to cross the country from
east to west....
At first I was very surprised when scouts at BSA summer camps asked
to see my passport while I was working there under the International
Camp Staff Programme. It then occurred to me that these youngsters
had never met anyone from outside the US. In fact, they hardly left
there own State.
I also noted that most scouts content themselves with this situation.
Maybe this is the attitude: I don't fancy what I don't know. By
Europeans this is often regarded as "an American short-sighted
viewpoint", if you will excuse me saying so. I should add immediately
that a number of US scouters do have a wider view of Scouting and
societies in general and are striving very hard to convey some of
their experiences to their scouts.
Scouts_l could well present an opportunity for scouts to get in touch
with others, close by or far away from their community. I was
surprised to learn that supportive literature on world-wide scouting
is hard to get in the US. Having something available for them to find
out about the background of the people they write to, would be nice,
wouldn't it? May I draw your attention to two publications that could
very well serve this purpose:
Scouting a'round the world, issued by the WOSM, gives information and
details about every Scouting Associations world-wide; published 1990.
Trefoil around the world, issued by the WAGGGS, does the same for
all the Girl-Guide Associations; latest publication 1993.
Both publications should be available through the BSA International
Department in Irving, TX. If not, they can be ordered directly from
the World Bureaux in Geneva and London respectively.
Maybe I could even get the text of those publications posted
electronically as a file into the Scouts-L archives, I don't know,
but will find out if there's an interest in it.
Does this help?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City