Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Scouts in Turkiye
Scouts in Turkiye
Fri, 20 Aug 1999 09:52:32 +0000
I visited Turkiye (that's how they write it and prefer to have it
pronounced - absent any culinary connotations) two years ago. Not being
an Etymologist, I suspect that the name derives from the Mediterranian
(Turqouise) Coast. It's a beautiful country, filled with history,
agriculturally self-suffcient (an exporter), which has been devestated
in recent years by rampant inflation.
Anyhow, as best as I could discern there are at least two Scouting type
organizations in Turkiye: The internationally recognized (and coed) one
which is based in Ankara, is relatively small, and has offices which
would be dwarfed by the smallest of US Councils. The larger Turkiye
Scout organization is based through the Ministry of Education in their
school system. (I was never able to find the equivalent of a Scout Shop
- even in Istanbul.)
In addition to some Ankara officials, I also met with a Scout unit in
Antalya and sent them requested materials on Working With Scouts With
disAbilities. Unfortunately we have not kept up communications. Both
Ankara and Antalya are well east and south of the Anatolyan fault line.
I suspect that word out of Turkiye will come from Usonian Scouters on
some of our Air Force facilities well to the east.
Jim Fuller asked:
> Does anybody have contact with Scouts in Turkey.
> I'd be interested to hear how they're doing after the
> earthquake, but more WHAT they're doing. Being
> good Scouts I'm sure they went right into action,
> but I'd like to know how the government, police,
> fire, or Red Crescent is putting Scouts to use.