Need French help (Cub Scouts)
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 12 Sep 1996 08:45:20 +0100
my Cub Scout pack has just taken in two kids from Burundi , a boy of
eight and a girl of ten. The little lad was shot in the arm during the
fighting, but fortunately appears to have made a good recovery.
The problem is that they have only been in the UK a matter of weeks,
and they and their mother speak very limited English. The Cub
Scout Leaders do not speak French. I have very limited French, but can't
make every week ...
Their first meeting went well, and we used it to remind all the kids,
including our Beavers who have just " swum up " into the Pack, of
silent signals ( sign's up , circle formation, relay formation,
tallest - shortest etc. ) and basic drill ( at ease, alert, salute,
dismiss ) Our new recruits are doing very well, and communicating in
a mixture of franglais and sign language in a way that only kids can.
Actually our kids have done us proud and have really made an effort to
communicate, but it will still be an interesting few weeks ...
I am trying to find some resources to help them, and I'm hoping our
French or Canadian friends might be able to assist me ...
At the moment I am looking for a very simple version of the Jungle Story.
One of the Cub Scout joining requirements is to know the story. Either
Enack could read it himself, or I could read it to him (with a bit of
practice!) I am also looking for material to support the rest of the
program. I had a Canadian Cub Scout Handbook which looks promising if
someone can give me a lead on where to obtain the French version ...
Also, the girl, Nadege, will be going into Scouts very soon, and we will be
looking for material to help with Scout Award and Pathfinder ( roughly
skills up to Second Class in BSA terms, not sure about Canadian equiv.)
We kept both of them together in the Pack initially, so that Enack would
not be left alone in a strange environment.
Nadege was a Scout in Burundi, so she renewed her Promise last week. I
translated it into French and her mother corrected the grammar <g>. In
the troop it will be easier because the SL does speak limited French.
That's the situation, guys. You might light to spare a thought and a prayer
for these guys. Enack particular has had a rough time what with surgery
to remove a bullet from his arm on top of a sudden move to a new country
with a different climate, a different language and so on.
Asst Group Scout Leader
25th Greenwich (Our Lady of Grace) Scout Group
Charlton, London UK
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