Eurofax 69 (June 1998)
Ray Saunders (rsaunders@WORLD.SCOUT.ORG)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 14:15:52 +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.
Introducing David Bull
David Bull, from the United Kingdom, was elected by the new European Scout
Committee as its Chairman. Here we present his introductory address to the
European Scout Conference:
Thank you for your support and friendship. Your new committee is ready to
be of service to you. I should perhaps mention that the male members of the
committee are honoured to be working with the first woman to be elected to
the European Scout Committee, Therese Bermingham.
I join the Conference in thanking the outgoing committee for all their work
over the last triennium. They have been an example to us all. I would also
like to say how much the new committee is looking forward to working with
the staff of the European Scout Office and I would want to repeat our
thanks to them for all they have done so far and for what they will do in
The elections to the committee presented excellent candidates from all over
the Region. I salute all of them, hoping that those not elected this time
will not be discouraged but continue their work for European Scouting.
There are many issues which face us and I would like to mention some of them=
* The work of the Region must support youth programme in a practical way.
* I and my colleagues will support and develop co-operation with the
Europe Committee WAGGGS.
* At the same time, the contribution of the Region to WOSM will be
maintained. I am a Scout and will maintain my loyalty to the World
Organisation. I am certain that we can all do this and at the same time
develop and improve co-operation between WAGGGS and WOSM in Europe.
* We shall try to respond to the needs of all associations,
especially not forgetting the associations in eastern and central Europe.
* In carrying out the work we shall be open and transparent. I have
no hidden agenda. As I said to Cas Jenster yesterday, I bring commitment to
this job and, as the Americans put it , 'what you see is what you get'.
* We need to progress our relationships with other Regions, for
example the new Eurasia Region.
* And, very importantly, we must encourage networking and continue
our contacts with the Associations of the European Region.
In conclusion, I would like to repeat the words I wrote when presented as a
candidate: 'A key requirement for us all is to be aware of the need to
develop our support for young people with a clear global, as well as
European, point of view.'
Thank you again: we, the members of the committee look forward to working
in partnership with each of you.
The European Scout Committee and the Europe Committee WAGGGS meet this
month in Brussels, 19-21 June.
Adolescent Health and Emotional Development
The European seminar on adolescent health and emotional development will be
held at the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary from 19-25 September
1998. Its aim is to encourage national associations to integrate health and
emotional development issues into their programmes for young people aged
12-16, as well as into their leader training schemes. The deadline for
application to attend the is 24 July. The invitation was sent in April's
The RAP User's Guide published
The RAP User's Guide is designed to assist your national programme team in
creating a new youth programme or reviewing and updating an existing one.
It comprises: an introduction to the World Programme Policy, explaining the
link between youth programme development, dissemination and implementation;
eight RAP tools presenting the main steps in the programme development
process; in conclusion, The Adults we Need, a presentation of the Adult
Resources Policy which is closely linked to RAP. A preliminary distribution
to each national association was made during the European Conference. One
further copy will be sent this month to National Programme Commissioners,
with a black and white unbound copy, which can be used to make extra
photocopies for working groups. A diskette will be created to enable you to
reproduce the diagrams and make transparencies.
Thanks are due to everybody who has been involved in developing this
project over the last three years, especially the members of the RAP
network who helped us to identify the needs of national associations,
contributed ideas and examples of different approaches, and field-tested
some of the material. It will provide useful background information and
practical examples to stimulate in-depth discussion on youth programme
issues within your association.
Peace in the Mediterranean
As the peace process in the Middle East seems more fragile than ever and
xenophobia seems to be growing in Europe, it is time to implement
educational programmes which help young people develop positive attitudes
and relationships. Since 1995, ASDE Scouts of Spain and the Spanish
Committee for UNICEF have worked together to promote peace in the
Mediterranean through a programme of cultural exchange, leader training and
youth activities. From 3-13 July, they will organise the 2nd international
seminar on education for peace for youth leaders from the Mediterranean
area, as well as a seminar on intercultural education for members of NGOs
working in this field. This will be followed by the Bridge of Cultures camp
for young people aged 14-16 from 14-24 September. A network on education
for peace has been set up, the first newsletter produced and a website
designed. We wish ASDE and UNICEF every success with this outstanding
project. Contact the network secretary: email: email@example.com Fax:
+34.91/3147475 Or visit the project website at
Guide and Scout Network Meeting
The third network meeting for Guide and Scout representatives to National
Youth Councils and European Youth Platforms will take place from 17-20
September 1998 in Austria. The format of the meeting will differ this year
with those representing Guiding and Scouting on National Youth Councils
arriving on Thursday 17 for a training day, and those representing Guiding
and Scouting at the European Youth Platforms arriving on Friday 18.
Sessions will be organised so that all the issues relevant to different
interest groups will be discussed and knowledge shared. If you would like
further information on this event please contact the European Guide and
The Undaunted is about Scouts in eastern and central Europe who kept the
Scouting spirit alive, despite oppression and persecution during many
decades, and revived the Scout Movement at the earliest opportunity.
Scouting was born in 1907 and quickly spread to many parts of the world. By
the late 1930's Scouting was well established in more than 50 countries,
but dark days were ahead for some: the values for which Scouting stood were
unacceptable to totalitarian and communist regimes. Scouting was banned,
and Scouts were oppressed and persecuted during 30, 40, even 50 years but
the Scout spirit never died. It lived on in the hearts and minds of those
it had touched, and it became a hope and dream of many young people who
waited for the day that they could openly be Scouts=8A
Author Piet Kroonenbrg has been a Scout since he took his Cub Scout Promise
on his eighth birthday. During World War II he was active in Scouting at a
time when it was illegal in the Netherlands and everything had to be
"underground". After the war he worked with displaced persons, some of whom
were Scouts eager to continue Scouting wherever they went. Over the years
he volunteered much of his timeas a member of Scouting Nederland, often
serving in functions with an international dimension. His interest in Exile
Scout Movements, and Scouting left behind in their countries of origin, led
to substantial research and eventually the compilation of The Forgotten
Movements which was informally published in 1989. Piet is Historical
Consultant to the European Scout Committee.
Copies of The Undaunted are available from Scout Resources International,
Les Longeray, Bor=E9al, F-74370 Metz-Tessy, Annecy, France. Fax:
+33.4/220.127.116.11 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Price: FRF 150 (USD 25),
including shipping by surface mail. A complimentary copy will be sent to
all national Scout associations in Europe.
In order to help your members plan well ahead for 1999, we are now starting
to collect information for next year's EuroSteps booklet, to be published
in English, French and German this November. A EuroStep is a site which may
be either a permanent centre or a temporary camp. It should be cheap, offer
basic facilities and be possible to reach by public transport or have
transport provided. Above all, it should offer young people, aged 16-22,
the opportunity to participate in original and challenging projects with
young people from other countries. These projects should be related to the
6 key areas of the Passport for Europe: exploration and discovery; quality
of life; democracy; culture; solidarity; career and social skills.
Please fill in the application form, sent to all international
commissioners in June's Europak, with all details of your project(s) and
send it to the European Office. If your EuroStep is already included in
this year's booklet and you would like it to feature again in the 1999
booklet, please note clearly on the form the changes which need to be made.
Please check dates, prices and contact information very carefully! The
deadline for inclusion in the 1999 kit is 11 September 1998. However, the
sooner you can send in the necessary information, the sooner it can be
entered into the database and thus speed up production. Please send by post
a clear black and white map showing the location of the EuroStep, and
photos or slides, if you have not done so previously. If you have any video
coverage, please also send us a copy, for possible inclusion in any future
In Europak, you will also receive a EuroSteps 1998 evaluation form. Please
assist us by collecting information about the number of participants at
EuroSteps in your country this summer, as well as their views, experiences
and suggestions on how to improve the programme. Quotations from young
people or recorded interviews are especially useful.
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Ray Saunders <email@example.com>
Director of Communications
European Scout Region
World Organization of the Scout Movement
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