Re: Hong Kong
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 1 Jul 1997 10:00:05 -0500
Roger asked, with somewhat of a somber mood:
>The point of this post is to ask if anyone has any info on what is likely
>to happen and to ask for your thoughts to go out to our brother Scouts >in
The Direct Service Council has already went on record two years ago in their
continued support of American Scouting in Hong Kong, China. At the last
official count, there were more than 1200 Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and adult
leaders registered in DSC with a "District address" somewhere on Hong Kong
or having business with a corporation in that former colony.
The British Scout Association still has interests in Hong Kong, and as
Prince Charles stated in the farewell speech "we will not forget you". I'm
not sure of the extended operation of the British Scout Association there,
but in Europe for many years I was associated with the British Scouts of the
Rhine (BSOR), which operated as a "displaced District" of the British Scout
Association. I'm sure that such an operation is performed there in Hong Kong.
The French and Japanese also have "remote Scouting programs" operating there
in a similar manner as to the Americans and Brits. I'm sure that they are
all likewise continuing their service to youth from their countries during
What's to happen as Chinese authorities take over?? Nobody's sure at this
point. However, even during the Cold War, American Scouting has taken place
in Moscow and other former Soviet satellites; the Direct Service Council
still lists China as one of the many nations in which either units or Lone
Scouts/Lone Cub Scouts are found.
I have a strong feeling that it's going to continue there in Hong Kong,
China as time goes onward.
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