Eurofax No 33 (June 1995)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@EUROSCOUT.KNOOPPUNT.BE)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 20:20:12 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.
No enemies below the age of 11
During the First World War, Eglantyne Jebb, a founder of the United Kingdom
charity "Save the Children Fund", was taken to court in her own countryfor
caring for wounded children on both sides of the conflict. The judge asked:
"Are you guilty or not guilty of having given aid and succour to the
enemy?" She replied: "My Lord, I have no enemies below the age of 11."
Eglantyne Jebb, who was acquitted, was one of many humanitarians who
believed in protecting children from the horrors of war.
Bojan Bosnjak, from Zagreb, also believes that children today are the
innocent victims of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and that, no
matter their background, they deserve our support and care to help them
recover from their wounds, which may be physical or mental. For this
reason, Bojan, together with other Scouts from Croatia, created the
"Sunrise City" project - a series of 3-week summer camps where young
victims of the conflict live and play alongside Scouts, learning once again
the social skills that can build trust and friendship amongst strangers.
The idea is simple. It's the Scout Method recognised throughout the world,
which brings young people together in small groups in a system of
progressive self-education. Copies of the research report prepared by the
team of professional child psychologists supporting the project were given
to all national delegations during the European Conference, in Salzburg.
Please contact your International Commissioner to obtain a copy of this
report and the material giving details of this year's camps and how you can
directly support Scouts to help others. Please contact Bojan Bosnjak,
Sunrise City, PB 26 Siget 18 b/III, 41020 Zagreb, Croatia.
Tel/Fax: (+385.1) 52 92 21.
We the Peoples - United for the Global Environment
World Environment Day - established by the United Nations General Assembly
in 1972 - focuses global attention on environmental action and awareness
every 5 June. Governments and communities around the world celebrate by
organizing clean-up campaigns, tree plantings, parades, rallies and more.
This year's theme, "We the Peoples - United for the Global Environment"
echoes the words of the Charter of the United Nations. An extract from a
message for World Environment Day, from HH Pope John Paul II, reads;
"Our common home was created by God in a delicate equilibrium, the
harmonious balance of which must be maintained and where necessary
restored. The Earth is not ours to do with as we will. It has been given to
us in trust. This places the responsibility for its well-being on every
member of the human family. The 1995 World Environment Day challenges 'We
the Peoples' - each one - to assume this responsibility by promoting the
good of all, but most especially that of the weaker members of the society,
as is characteristic of a true family. The touchstone of this action must
be a loving respect for the life and dignity of the human person. When this
life or dignity is threatened, the common good is lost amongst divisions.
When human life is held to be of no worth, care for the Earth becomes
"I, therefore, take this occasion to appeal once again that wars and armed
conflicts cease now; the loss of human life is intolerable, the damage to
the Earth devastating. I also appeal that the despoiling of the Earth to
meet the growing demand for consumer goods and for the ever-increasing
profits as ends in themselves be curbed now. 1995 is only five years before
a new millennium. May its dawning find all peoples able to live in a way
worthy of their dignity on an Earth that bears the fruits of the loving
care given to the home of the human family."
Our World - Our Future
A booklet of practical programme ideas on the environment for all age
sections has been produced by The Scout Association with support from the
Department of Environment (United Kingdom) and others. Copies of "Our World
- our Future" may be obtained, free of charge, by contacting Rachel
Walters, who is The Scout Association's environmental project officer: Tel:
(+44.181) 524 5246. Fax: (+44.181) 498 5303.
How much does it cost?
The correct price of a hamburger would be US$ 200, maintains Alan Thein
Durning, an expert of the Worldwatch Institute environmental research
institute. In a survey on the theme "How to Save the Forests?", he
addresses the issue of the economic value of resources. He shows that "we
are following a path which has brought us a great deal of money up until
now, but is proving detrimental to the air and water quality." He proposes
a system for calculating the 'real cost' for producing goods so as to
include environmental costs. Durning, with others expert calculates that a
tree from the Indian forest would cost around US$ 50,000, as research
workers at the New Dheli centre for environmental science have confirmed. A
hamburger would cost US$ 200, and a hectare of Malaysian forest US$ 3,000.
They estimate that it would take 20 years to place a 'green tax' on
resources at risk. But it can be done, as they explain: "if the Clinton
administration - which has had the courage to put a stop to felling of
trees in 62 forests - were to charge US$ 3 a day to visit nature parks, the
world's most powerful nation would earn more money that way than from the
sale of timber." (Naturopa Newsletter, 95-2)
Committee meeting this month
A report of the 8th European Guide and Scout Conference, including key
speeches and texts of all adopted resolutions, is being prepared. To help
the staff of the European Guide and Scout Office in their task, it would be
most helpful if all associations which have not yet sent in their
Conference evaluation forms do so now, without delay. Matters arising from
the Conference will be considered during the first formal meeting of the
newly elected European Committee when it meets for the first time in
Brussels, 16-18 June. Following on from the development sessions conducted
during the conference, the Committee will finalise the Regional Plan and
consider the working methods to be adopted in this new triennium. The
committee will also identify the financial resources to be made available
to achieve the objectives contained within the final plan.
Europe For You !
Europe For You! is the programme designed to promote the mobility of young
people in Europe. It helps them to understand some of the changes currently
taking place in Europe and to participate actively in the construction of a
more open and tolerant society.
There is still time for Venture Scouts, Rangers and Rovers to register at
one of the 28 EuroSteps which have been set up in 14 different countries
for this summer. EuroSteps encourage young people to travel in Europe and
to participate in challenging projects with young people from other
countries. EuroSteps are cheap, easy to reach, have all the basic things
you need to camp, cook, wash etc., get help or advice and meet other people
of similar age from many different countries. Ask your international
commissioner for a copy of the EuroSteps '95 booklet, available in English,
=46rench or German.
Other places to stay in Europe can be discovered by obtaining a copy
ofWhere to Stay in Europe. The purpose of this guide is to provide young
people with information about Scout and Guide centres in Europe in an easy
to understand form. All centres or campsites featured in this publication
are open to all members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement
(WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
Copies may be obtained from international commissioners. The guide is
published in English and French.
10 days in Belgium to realise your project and surprise yourself! 2,500
Scouts and Guides, aged between 16 and 20 years, are welcome individually
or in groups. Participants will be organized into international patrols
with members coming from different countries. Eurofolk'97 will be made of
10 sub-camps located throughout Belgium. The camp will take place from 21
July to 2 August 1997. Further information from: Eurofolk'97, Rue de Dublin
21, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. Tel: (+32.2) 512 46 91.
=46ax: (+32.2) 511 46 87.
Indaba - our very own development NGO
A specialised European Scouting and Guiding NGO was created earlier this
year. Its name, Indaba, means a meeting or get-together in the Zulu
language. Its mission is to promote development education programmes based
on the Scout Method and to support community development and emergency aid
projects through partnership between associations in Europe and in
developing countries. A meeting of the Administrative Board was held on 29
May. Maurice Torck (Guides et Scouts Pluralistes de Belgique) was appointed
President; David McKee (The Scout Association, UK), Secretary; and Hans
Meij (Scouting Nederland), Treasurer.
The 4th European Scout and Guide Centre Managers' Conference will take
place at the Houens Odde Scout Centre, near Kolding in Denmark, 4-8 October
1995. Completed application forms must be received in Kandersteg by 1 July.
=46ull details can be obtained from Kandersteg International Scout Centre,
Kandersteg, Switzerland. Tel: (+41.33) 75 11 39. Fax: (+41.33) 75 10 50.
A seminar entitled "Intercultural Awareness" will take place in Cyprus, in
September this year. The programme will seek to identify strategies and
activities counteracting racism and xenophobia, and promote understanding
of other cultures. This builds on a process begun through the previous
seminars "National Minorities, Nationalism and Education for Peace"
(Hungary, April 1993) and "Opening Guiding and Scouting to etnic
communities" (Sweden, April 1994). Young leaders (18-30 years old) working
with community service projects or programme development are invited to
apply. Participants should be able to incorporate the result of the seminar
into the work of their association at the national level. Applications,
supported by the international commissioner, must reach the European Guide
and Scout Office before 17 July.
"An introduction to International Guiding and Scouting" is a workshop for
newly appointed international commissioners from national associations in
Europe. It will be held in Brussels. (5-8 October) Deadline for application
is 1 September.
New dates and application deadline for the European seminar on "Youth Pilot
Projects for the Environment" have been announced. It will be held in
Valencia, Spain, from 4-10 November. The deadline for applications is 15
=46urther information on any of the above events can be obtained from your
Many thanks to all those in associations who have already returned their
Europe For You! evaluation forms. If your association has not yet done so,
please complete the form and return it to the European Guide and Scout
Office next week.
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