Eurofax No 30 (March 1995)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@EUROSCOUT.KNOOPPUNT.BE)
Thu, 2 Mar 1995 18:05:43 +0100
Eurofax is the monthly newsletter of the European Region. It is produced by
the European Scout Office and is distributed by fax to all member
associations in the European Scout Region and the Europe Region WAGGGS, and
others. This text-only version is distributed as an additional service to
members. Reproduction of articles without alteration is encouraged but
Eurofax should be acknowledged as the source of the information.
Aid to earthquake victims
An earthquake of 5.8 in the Richter scale hit Cyprus on Thursday, 23
=46ebruary. Paphos area in the north west of the island was mostly affected.
About 35 small, remote villages were severely damaged and more than 500
people were left homeless. After an on-the-spot assessment in Arhodes, one
of the villages that was totally destroyed, a message was sent to the
national headquarters of the Girl Guides Association of Cyprus. Within
hours and in spite of the danger of more earthquakes, groups of Rangers and
adult members undertook to set up the necessary facilities needed for a
camp in the yard of a nearby deserted school where the civil defence force
had already pitched some tents. Meanwhile, not knowing what to do or how to
deal with the situation, old men and women were searching the ruins of
their collapsed houses trying to recover anything that belonged to them.
"The Guides worked constantly for 3 days and nights to set up a cooking
area, latrines and washing facilities," reported Panayota Xenophontos,
Training Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Cyprus. "They provided the
elderly with food, warm clothes and as much moral support as they needed,
as well as safe conditions to live in."
Director General of UNESCO to address conference
Under the title "Guiding and Scouting - a culture for peace", the European
Conference will have the honour to be addressed by Mr Federico Mayor,
Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). It is considered particularly significant that
during this year of the 50th Anniversary of the UN that Mr Mayor has
accepted the invitation issued jointly by the European Scout Committee and
the Europe Committee WAGGGS. The Austrian organisers are putting the
finishing touches to their plans to welcome the Scout delegates, Guide
delegates and guests at the opening ceremony in Salzburg, which will take
place at 18.00h on Saturday, 1 April. The delegates will also be received
by the B=FCrgermeister of Salzburg at a reception on the Tuesday evening of
In response to a recommendation from the last European Conference, the
European Committees decided to hold a roundtable discussion with
representative European associations experienced in the field of
coeducational provision. The event took place in London, in January, and
benefited from the presence of Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen, from Norway, an
expert in gender identity and gender roles. It is anticipated that the
results of the roundtable will be presented during the development sessions
at this year's regional conference.
Help the child victims of war
During the last two summers, many children, victims of the wars which have
ravaged parts of the Balkan area, have benefited from participation in one
of the Sunrise City camps, organised by the Scout group 'N B Debo', from
Zagreb, Croatia. In 1994, 402 traumatized children and youth, aged 7-19,
were hosted in one of 11 three-week long summer camps living with Scouts
from Zagreb, Riejeka and Split.
An independent team of psychologists which supports the project by
providing counselling for the children reports, "The Scout model, by its
Programme and Method, provide a creative, psycho-socially highly protected
suroundings in which children traumatized by war are included together with
their peers - Scouts in the Scout Patrol - in order that they may face
their personal traumatic experiences actively through group dynamics and
with certain individual therapeutic support which can contribute to a
decrease in the intensity, range and frequency of their post-traumatic
Scouts and Guides from eight European countries helped the Croatian Scouts
raise the funds for this desperately needed work in 1994. We hope that many
thousands more will be able to help the organisers realise their plans for
1995. It costs approximately US$ 250 per child to attend one camp. (The
200+ Scouts involved all pay their own camp fees.) If you can raise funds
to assist even just one traumatized child to attend a camp this summer,
please contact: Bojan Bosnjak, PB 26 Siget 18 b/III, 41020 Zagreb, Croatia.
Tel/Fax: (+385.1) 52 29 21.
Visit the World Jamboree
The World Jamboree is open for day visitors from 3 to 9 August (inclusive)
from 10 to 17 hours. (10 am to 5 pm) Due to the large number of visitors
anticipated, tickets will be sold in advance and visits are limited to one
day. The World Jamboree takes place at Dronten, in the Province of
=46levoland. In the area there will be ample signs indicating the way.
Parking is situated some distance from the site, and there will be shuttle
service to the main entrance. Pets are not allowed. Entry tickets are
available from April onwards. The price for tickets purchased in advance
is: Adults: NLG 20; youths up to and including 17 years of age NLG 12.50;
children up to and including the age of 4 are admitted free of charge.
There is a booking cost of NLG 3 per ticket. The number of tickets for
each day is limited, and they may not be available at the gate. We advise
visitors to buy tickets in advance. Please contact the Jamboree Visitors
Booking Office to order your tickets: Tel: (+31.70) 31 77 211. (Major
credit cards are accepted.)
English language course
Blackwell Court International Scout Centre invites applications for its
popular English language course, to be held 20 August to 8 September 1995.
The course is specifically intended for leaders and young adults in the
Scout or Guide movements. Participants are accommodated in the country
house which is located in the grounds of the centre. The course fee is GBP
450. This fee covers accommodation, food, teaching fees and other programme
items. It does not cover travel costs to and from the centre which
applicants must pay for themselves. Applications must be submitted by 30
April 1995. Further information from: Blackwell International Scout centre,
Agmore Road, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, GB - B60 1PX England.
Tel: (+44.121) 445 1285. Fax: (+44.121) 447 7442. This course is supported
by the Fund for European Scouting.
Thirty-two participants, many of them chief executives, finance officers or
international commissioners, gathered in the headquarters of Bandalag
Islenskra Skata in Reykyavik, Iceland for a workshop on fundraising, 19-22
January. There they were able to share ideas and, more importantly,
experiences covering a whole range of possible fundraising projects
representing many different scales of effort, potential and results. A
network of fundraisers in national member associations has been formed with
the intention of keeping participants in touch with each other and creating
new contacts in the future. The event was supported by Iceland's Youth for
Clean Up the World
Scouts and Guides from around the world feature strongly in the report of
the Clean Up the World campaign 1994, released last month. Amongst the
European countries highlighted are the Scouts of Savez Izvidaca Jugoslavije
(Yugoslav Scout Association). Milutin Milosovic, international secretary,
estimated that 121,000 people volunteered to clean up over 380 sites
located throughout the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Republic of Serbia
and Republic of Montenegro). Although the event normally last over a
weekend, their clean-up efforts continued for over a week and over 2,700
tonnes of rubbish was cleared from parks, schoolyards, beaches, rivers and
roads. All 200 Scout units, involving over 20,000 members of the
association, took part, attracting considerable local and national media
interest in the organization.
Giselle McHugh, project coordinator, writes, "Thank you for your support of
Clean Up the World and we hope that you will continue to support this
unique community event in the years to come. Clean Up the World will take
place again over the weekend of 15-17 September 1995, complementing the
50th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations." Copies of the report
and information on this year's event from: Clean Up the World, 123 Harris
Street, Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW 2009 Australia. Fax: (+61.2) 692 07 61.
Eurofax on the Web
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Eurofax has been available via free subscription email listservers on the
Internet (e.g. for details of how to subscribe to 'scouting-europe',
contact Lars von Olleschik <email@example.com>). It is also available
from the Usenet newsgroup 'rec.scouting'. Now Eurofax is amongst the many
international journals to have its own home page established on the World
Wide Web, thanks to the work of Raimund Guertl, from Austria. If you have a
Web browser, point it at URL:
Probably the most comprehensive entry point for exploring Scouting and
Guiding on the World Wide Web is The InterNETional Scouting Page, developed
by David Jansen. (URL: http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/~jansen/scout.html)
Registered mail for the Brussels office
Because of local postal regulations as they apply to the European Guide and
Scout Office, it is necessary when sending registered mail to address it to
a specific named person (i.e. not just to 'the office'). In general,
national member organizations are requested to address registered mail to
either Genevi=E8ve Blondel or Charles Jameson.
Next month's issue
In order to bring readers all the latest news from the European Conference,
the April issue of Eurofax will be delayed by about one week.
Action against racism
The European Week of Action against Racism opens on 21 March, the United
Nations day for Racial Tolerance. Youth organizations, minority
associations and other groups are encouraged to hold activities in towns
and cities across Europe. These are coordinated by the National Campaign
Committee in each country, which is also responsible for organizing major
events at the national level. More information from: European Youth
Campaign, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg, France. Tel:
(+33) 88 41 29 61, Fax: (+33) 88 41 27 42.
Learning without teachers is the idea behind DOmino, a new peer-group
education pack to be produced for the all different - all equal campaign.
Peer-group education means that young people work with other young people,
in order to overcome the resistance that often exists between generations.
=46or further information: Antje Rothemund, European Youth Centre, 30 rue
Pierre de Coubertin, F-67000 Strasbourg, France. Tel: (+33) 88 41 23 00,
=46ax: (+33) 88 41 27 77.
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Communications Executive, European Scout Office, Tel: (+32.2) 346 16 86
299 Avenue Moliere, B-1060 Brussels, Belgium Fax: (+32.2) 346 00 07
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