Eurofax No 31 (April 1995)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@EUROSCOUT.KNOOPPUNT.BE)
Wed, 19 Apr 1995 13:49:47 BST
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.
European Conference 1995
Nearly 400 participants, coming from more than forty countries, converged
on Salzburg, Austria for the 8th European Guide and Scout Conference, 1-6
April 1995. Meeting under the title "Guiding and Scouting - a culture for
peace", the conference was addressed by Mr Frederico Mayor,
Director-General of UNESCO. It was a memorable and challenging speech,
which promoted a lively debate between Mr Mayor and members of his
receptive audience. Amongst others who addressed the conference were Dr
Thomas Klestil, Federal President of Austria, Mr Giancarlo Lombardi,
Italian Minister of Education, and Mme Corinne Perthuis, representing
UNHCR. The Regional Plan 1996-2000 will be developed in accordance with the
resolutions adopted at the conference and taking account of the various
contributions made before and during the conference itself. The five major
fields of development adopted are consistent with those previously
followed: relationships with society, youth programme, adult resources,
communication and management. A full report of the conference will be
published, in due course, with a complete record of the major speeches.
=46rom all accounts, the conference was a major success for all the
participants and, of course, for our good friends and hosts, Pfadfinder und
Welcome to the new committee
The following people were elected to form the European Guide and Scout
=46rom the Europe Region WAGGGS: Fran=E7oise Le Goff (Chairman, France), Jud=
Ellis (United Kingdom), Monika Fabjan (Austria), Regula Furrer
(Switzerland), Sigrid Mosbach (Germany), Anna Sverrisdottir (Iceland).
=46rom the European Scout Region: William Windram (Chairman, United Kingdom)=
Luc Van Cauter (Belgium), Per Hylander (Denmark), Cas Jenster
(Netherlands), Ermanno Ripamonti (Italy), Jos=E9 Antonio Warletta (Spain).
A Charter for Guiding and Scouting in Europe
Before constructing a plan of action, it is first necessary to articulate a
common mission. For this reason, the European Guide and Scout Committee
proposed to the European Conference a draft Charter for Guiding and
Scouting in Europe. The Charter expresses a vision of the future, common
purposes and the definition of youth policy that we wish to promote and
sustain. These things are to be achieved within the framework of the
cooperation with the other youth organizations and European institutions.
The Charter articulates how Guiding and Scouting contributes to the
development of young people, society and Europe. These three themes are
articulated in 12 key objectives, as presented at the end of this issue of
Eurofax. Based on the fundamental principles of Scouting and Guiding, these
objectives take into account the needs of young people within the framework
of European realities.
The Charter, as adopted by the European Conference, presents our values in
the form of objectives for our Movements. In future issues of Eurofax, we
will examine each of the 3 major themes, in turn. We will describe how
Guiding and Scouting intend to meet the objectives expressed in the Charter
and why our values are the motivating factors which lie behind our common
desire in Helping Europe Grow!
A wonderful world of friendship
"Europe is now commemorating the end of the Second World War and recalling
the way things were 50 years ago. I also have strong and bitter memories of
that time. But amid all the distress and misery of those years, there was a
small, wonderful world of friendship and closeness. It formed me and helped
me through the poverty and bleakness of those difficult years. It was my
own group of Scouts. I grew up among them - and together with them. Today,
half a century later, I realise that changing times and social trends
cannot harm the Scout Movement. On the contrary, the movement is needed
more than ever before to combat the threats confronting young people today
and tomorrow. Many ideologies of yesterday have not stood the test of time.
Many educational theories are now questioned or have simply been cast
overboard. But time has inflicted no wounds on the Scout Movement=8A Scoutin=
is one of the most tangible contributions to a better world."
Extracted from the address given by Dr Thomas Klestil, Federal President of
Austria, on the occasion of the 8th European Guide and Scout Conference,
Sunrise City - from words into action
After Sunrise City 1994, Marci Jacobs, Regional Senior Social Services
Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote to the
"Since adolescent war victims are greatly in need of help, and often most
difficult to reach, it is admirable that you are targeting this group. Peer
integration and acceptance is crucially important at this age, and your
concept of matching traumatized refugees and displaced youth with
counterpart local Scouts is an excellent one. Also, projects focussing on
Scouting, a normal peace-time activity, remove stigmatization from the
services provided, and increase the likelihood of participants becoming
involved in much needed interventions on the phsyco-social level. I was
also very impressed by the research which you have conducted =8A and the
positive changes seen in 86% of the children. Even if the war were to end
soon, I feel that this type of project could benefit children for many
years to come. I offer you my strong support and best wishes for your
Sunrise City camps in 1995."
The war is unlikely to end soon. At a time when the prospects for peace in
the region diminish daily, plans to help a further 300 child war victims
continue. Sunrise City needs your help to succeed. Through the Sunrise City
Patrol Patronage Scheme, you can raise the money to sponsor a patrol of six
child war victims (US$ 1,500) to attend one of the three-week camps. (The
Scouts involved are all volunteers and pay their own camp fees and
expenses.) You can help by recruiting experienced Scout Leaders to act, for
example, as Patrol Mentors or workshop leaders.
International involvement acts as a positive demonstration to the victims
that differences between nations or nationalities need not result in war.
As one of the organisers, Bonny Bosnjak, expresses it, "International
involvement, voluntary work, patrol patronage, sponsorship and donations,
and lots of love and care are the most important subjects which make the
realisation of Sunrise City possible and successful." For more information,
please contact Bojan Bosnjak, PB 26 Siget 18 b/III, 41020 Zagreb, Croatia.
Tel/Fax: (+385.1) 52 92 21.
Where to Stay in Europe/Ou s=E9jouner en Europe
The 1995 edition of Where to Stay in Europe has been published. It is part
of the Europe For You ! programme which is designed to encourage the
mobility of young people in Europe. Where to Stay in Europe provides
information on over 160 Scout and Guide centres in Europe. Copies of this
publication, and application forms for entry in future editions of this
book, can be obtained by contacting Kandersteg International Scout Centre,
CH - 3178 Kandersteg, Switzerland.
Tel: (+41.33) 75 11 39. Fax: (+41.33) 75 10 50.
=46irst major publication on the World-Wide Web
As part of the Global Project, which seeks to maximise the benefits gained
through the use of electronic communication methods, we are very proud to
announce that the Where to Stay in Europe 1995 is also available
electronically to anyone with access to the World-Wide Web (WWW). Both
English and French language texts are available. Launched at the European
Conference, this on-line version of the guide has been developed by Danny
Schwendener, a member of Mouvement Scout de Suisse. In order to demonstrate
the full potential of this type of electronic publishing environment, in
addition to the information contained in our book, Danny has built in links
which connect you directly into a world-wide database which contains
geographic, political, economic and travel information about the country
concerned. To view the guide, point your WWW browser at URL:=20
Programme assitance and ideas
Steen Grubert, a member of Det Danske Spejderkorps, is seeking contacts to
share ideas with other associations on developing the youth programme for
members with disabilities. Please contact Steen by fax: (+45.35) 26 12 20.
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Helping Europe grow !
(A Charter for Guiding and Scouting in Europe)
We are helping young people to grow by:
* Promoting their development and defending their individual freedoms
within the framework of Children's Rights and Youth Rights;
* Contributing to the development of a personal system of moral and
spiritual values through participation in a progressive programme of
self-education, in partnership with their peers;
* Encouraging them to interact more closely with the natural environment,
understand more fully their relationship with it and, therefore, appreciate
better the need to respect it;
* Offering a positive relationship, based on trust, in which they will
find appropriate educational responses to their developing sexual maturity,
emotional needs and general well-being.
We are helping society to grow by:
* Providing youth information services: young people can only integrate
themselves fully into a society when they are fully informed on the
opportunities and the issues which concern them, directly or indirectly;
* Providing an education for democracy: societies can only function with
the full participation of young people in the decision making processes
which will ultimately affect their lives;
* Practising equal opportunities: each person, without distinction of
gender, origin, race, creed, abilities or wealth must be encouraged and
assisted to achieve her or his full physical, intellectual, social and
* Seeking and creating partnerships with the marginalised: young people
and adults from the marginalised sectors of society must be welcomed and
accepted openly into our organizations if they are to challenge and
overcome the causes of their exclusion from general society.
We are helping Europe to grow by:
* Helping young people overcome barriers to their mobility, often created
by limited access to information and communication networks, suitable
transport, or accommodation;
* Challenging xenophobia and racism: inter-cultural learning opportunities
for young people challenge nationalistic stereotyping and provide an
education for peace and tolerance;
* Actively contributing to the development of better and more effective
youth policies in Europe, to the benefit of all of Europe's young
population and not just to the benefit of our members;
* Building bridges of friendship in and beyond its border: as Europe
grows, its young people must grow in friendship with their neighbours in
every part of the world.
We are helping you to grow
Who are "we"? We are Guiding and Scouting; and above is what we are.
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Director of Communications, European Scout Office,Tel: (+32.2) 346 16 86
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