Eurofax 59 (August 1997)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@WORLD.SCOUT.ORG)
Mon, 4 Aug 1997 13:46:12 +0200
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.
=46lood disaster appeals
Parts of Poland and the Czech Republic have been devastated by floods.
German towns along the Oder River are also threatened More than 100 people
have died and thousands have lost their homes. Hundreds of Scouts and
Guides are working hard and very effectively in extreme conditions saving
people, distributing food and water and bringing medical aid.
Many Polish Scouts, Guides, leaders and their families have been affected
but ZHP was one of the first organizations which brought help to people in
need. The association has prepared 12,000 places on summer camps for
children from the affected regions. ZHP has created a special fund. Piotr
Borys, International Commissioner, explains, "All money gathered in this
fund will be used to help leaders who have been strongly affected by the
flood: their houses have been ruined, they have no food and no clothes."
Contributions from all members of the World Scout and Guide families are
most welcome to the following international currency bank accounts: USD -
Bank Gdanski - 10401019-5089-867874-157-17; DEM - IV Department Warszaw -
10401019-5089-867954-157-17; GBP - Karowa 20 - 10401019-5089-867894-157-17;
CHF - PL-00-324- Warszawa - 10401019-5089-867974-157-17. Please note on the
transfer "Flood Disaster Leader Fund".
In the Czech Republic, many Scout and Guide camps and centres had to be
abandoned and the cost of repairs is estimated to be over one million Czech
Crowns. Older Scouts and Guides have volunteered their services to go to
the stricken areas to help with relief efforts. Jun=E1k has created a specia=
fund called 'Nejsi s=E1m'- 'You are not alone'. Jiri Navratil, Chairman of
Jun=E1k, explains that, "Contributions, which will be used to help all
victims of the flood and to renovate ruined Scout houses.are invited from
all Guides and Scouts." Donations should be sent to Komercni Banka, Sp=E1len=
51, 110 00 Praha 1; Acc No 19-545.448.0267/0100 'Jun=E1k - Nejste sami'.
Two new members in Europe
On 25 July, the World Organization welcomed two new national member
organizations in Europe: Lietuvos Skautija (Lithuanian Scouting), and Sojuz
na Izvidnici na Makedonija (The Scout Association of The former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia). Lietvus Skautija has a membership of 1,500 boys and
girls while Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija has more than 3,500 male and
female members. We look forward to welcomng many of them in all
international Scout events in the future.
1st World Scout Jamboree-on-the-Internet
When Scouting was founded in 1907, the concept of Internet was far from the
imagination of Scouting's founder Lord Baden-Powell. While society and
Scouting have changed over the years, our fundamental principles have stood
the test of time and remain universal for all Scout organizations which are
members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. The World Scout
Committee has decided that the World Scout Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)
should become an official World Scouting event, coinciding with the World
Scout Jamboree on the Air. The 1st World Scout Jamboree-on-the-Internet
therefore takes place 16-18 October 1997.
World-wide, Scouts are in contact with each other via Internet at any
moment of every day, but the purpose of JOTI is to bring "together" as many
people as possible at a specific time period, with certain objectives.
While it is possible for an individual to sit at home alone and participate
in JOTI, the emphasis of JOTI should be placed on participating in the
context of Scouting: at Scouting events, in small groups etc. Of course,
JOTI is also an international communication opportunity for lone Scouts
living in remote areas.
JOTI activities should offer opportunities to Scouts who: don't have
computers; don't have WWW access on Internet; may have disabilities. JOTI
may be only one element in a weekend event such as a camp, or public 'open
house', shopping-mall exhibit, etc. JOTI should be the opportunity for
Scouts with Internet experience to share their knowledge and skills with
others, using the fundamental Scouting principle of "learning by doing".
JOTI is for young girls and boys who are members of national Scout
organizations which are members of the World Organization of the Scout
Movement. Members of national associations of the World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts are also welcome to participate. Full information
can be found on the official World Scout home page: www.scout.org
ASDE, Scouts of Spain, continues its Three cultures project, in partnership
with UNICEF, aimed at strengthening co-operation among Mediterranean
countries in order to exchange approaches to peace education and facilitate
the development of international educational projects for children and
young people. From 7-14 July, an international training course was held in
Toledo for adult leaders. A camp for young people will be held in
September. ASDE would like to set up a permanent exchange network on
education for peace in the Mediterranean. For more information, contact
the UNICEF office in your own country or ASDE. Fax: (+34.1) 517 53 82
100th Anniversary - 2007
Scouting was born on 1 August 1907, when Robert Baden-Powell opened his
experimental camp on Brownsea Island. The World Scout Committee has decided
that, throughout the year 2007, the centenary of Scouting should be
celebrated internationally. Founders Day, 22 February 2007, will be a date
for commemoration in many countries; and this date will be the 150th
birthday of our Founder. A 100th Anniversary Co-ordination Group has been
created at world level and one idea under consideration is an event which
will follow the sun on Wednesday, 1st August 2007. Starting with the Scouts
living closest to the international date line, in Kiribati, Kamtchatka,
=46iji and New Zealand, then moving westward right around the world all the
way to Hawaii, Alaska and Western Samoa, Scouts of every country will
celebrate the birth of Scouting between 6.00 and 8.30 am. (the time when
Baden-Powell officially opened the Brownsea experimental camp).
Can you help?
The Kandersteg International Scout Centre is seeking information to give to
its guests about environmental projects that they can become involved with
when they return home. If you co-ordinate environmental projects in your
country, please send details to Ian Caunt, Environmental Assistant,
Kandersteg International Scout Centre, CH-3718 Switzerland.. Tel: (+41.33)
675 82 82 Fax: (+41.33) 675 8289 E-mail: email@example.com.
Pro Youth International
Pro Youth International is an international Internet youth information
project created by the Finnish Youth Co-operation Allianssi, the Scottish
Community Education Council, Service National de Jeunesse (Luxembourg) and
the Centre for International Youth Exchanges (Sweden). Their aim is to
gather together in one place all the information that exists on the World
Wide Web about youth work and youth organizations. All you need to access
this wealth of information, including links to the European Union, the
Youth Forum and the Council of Europe, is an Internet connection. Pro Youth
International can be found at www.alli.fi/euro The project is grant-aided
by the European Commission DG X/A/5.
Travellin' Light is a calendar of thousands of European events of interest
to young people. Once you have accessed the site at www.alli.fi/events, you
can searches for specific events or according to the type of event, date or
location. Young people could use Travellin' Light with Passport for Europe,
EuroSteps or Where to Stay in Europe to discover Europe's varied culture
through events created by and for young people! It is also easy for
organisers to add their events into the Travellin Light guide, using the
special on-line submission form available at the site. Travellin' Light is
maintained by the Finnish Youth Co-operation, and supported by the EU's
Youth for Europe Programme and the Council of Europe.
The final word=8A
In this issue of Eurofax, we introduce what might become a regular feature.
If you wish to offer 'the final word=8A' on any topic related to
international Scouting or Guiding, please send your text to the European
Guide and Scout Office. Not more than 130 words, please! Views expressed in
'The final word=8A' are personal and do not necessarily reflect the policies
of the publishers.
Scouting's image is our common heritage. A good image attracts members and
support. A bad image deters them. A group of slovenly or
paramilitary-looking Scouts can cause a lot of damage. A grant request that
consists of a statement of confused ideology can be a real time bomb. By
confining ourselves to our internal reasoning, we do not take the
expectations of our current or potential users sufficiently into account.
We must endeavour to identify those expectations and to seriously meet
them. We have to learn to express simply and clearly how we do so. Scouting
is merely a tool at the service of young people and society. It is not an
end in itself.
Dominique B=E9nard, Regional Director
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