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"Eurofax is the monthly newsletter of the European Scout Region. It is produced by the European Scout Office and is distributed to all member associations in the European Region, and others. Reproduction of articles without alteration is encouraged but Eurofax should be acknowledged as the source of the information."


For the last four years, the European Scout Region has been organising annual management seminars at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland. This year's event brought together some 42 participants from 17 countries. Young managers from National Scout Associations, who already have basic management skills, as well as Scout leaders expected to assume management responsibilities, joined forces to make the seminar a key contribution to their personal training. For anyone not able to take part this year, dates for next year's seminar are 2-8 March 2002, again in Kandersteg.


We welcome you to take part in the 7th in European Scout and Guide Centre Managers' Conference, taking place at National Centre of the VCP, Pfadfinderburg Rieneck in Germany. From 10 to 14 October this year, managers from Centres all over Europe will meet to share experiences, help and support each other and have a great time! The aim of the European Scout and Guide Managers' Conference is to strengthen and develop co-operation among Scout and Guide Centres and to facilitate strong working relations between the staff of those Centres. It is for those connected with the running of Centres as managers, staff or those responsible at a national level. Every second year since 1989, managers from all over Europe have met to share experiences, problems and the unique work position of managing a centre. The first Conference was held at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland and, since then, has taken place in Sweden, France, Denmark, Greece and Poland. The number of participants has increased yearly and this year we hope to have 65 enthusiastic Scouts and Guides at the medieval castle in Germany.

The programme is based on a mixture of plenary and Workshop sessions with an active involvement of participants and focuses both on topics of general interest to Centres and more specific topics. In particular, there will be sessions on staffing, the European level, safety issues, fund raising etc. There are plenty of opportunities to meet other Scouts and Guides working at Centres, either in discussions and work or in the social time. Participants have the chance to present "My Centre, My Country" and there will be time to explore the local area. Interested? Then contact your national Scout Association or, Kandersteg International Scout Centre, CH - 3718 Kandersteg, Switzerland Tel. (+41.33) 675 82 82 Fax (+41.33) 675 82 89 E Mail:


European Scout Region had created special support to help young people in South East Europe. As you were informed earlier, from January 2001 Milutin Milosevic acts as Field Officer for South East Europe in the European Scout Office. His task is to help communications with and among the National Scout Associations, to support their work and facilitate contacts with other partners. In February, a meeting was held in Budapest with representatives from 6 Associations form the area. Based on thorough analysis of the situation in the countries and visions and aims created by the Associations themselves, the project to help young people and support development of Scouting was created. This support is now being "offered" to many possible partners. Some of them are already identifies, and co-operation with them is envisaged: CARE International, UNICEF, World Health Organization, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, etc. For more information we could contact the European Scout office.


The documents for our conference, which only takes place every three years, have been sent to every National Scout Organisation. You will soon be able to consult them on our web site in a special section created for this event. Nine documents have been published to help national delegations to prepare themselves. They deal with subjects that will be the focus of our working meetings in July's conference in Prague, Czech Republic: programme, Constitution of the European Scout Region, triennial report, strategic plan and action plan, presentation of the candidates for election to the European Scout Committee, financial report, the Mission of Scouting, workshops on the strategic priorities, and youth involvement in decision-making. Visit our web site at


The latest meeting of these two informal networks took place in Palermo, Italy, over the last weekend in March, Some 50 participants from National Scout and/or Guide Associations took part. Additionally, we were particularly pleased to welcome, Kinuthia Murugu, recently appointed Regional Director of the Africa Scout Region, as our special guest. Apart from the various intensive working sessions, local groups from AGESCI invited us to engage ourselves directly in the substance of the meeting: eliminating prejudice! On the Saturday morning, we had the opportunity to meet individuals who work daily in the anti-Mafia campaign and, in so doing, are trying to change the general perception of Sicily. Three of those involved told us of their direct experiences: the previous and former mayors of Palermo and the current president of the Italian anti-Mafia parliamentary commission. Scouts and Guides also presented major projects in the area of "Being Active Citizens", promoting legality as opposed to criminality, working in the field of crime prevention amongst disadvantaged youth who might otherwise be tempted to engage in illegal activities.


Young Scouts will soon be getting ready for their summer camps. If Scout camps are taking place abroad, don't forget to contact your International Commissioner for information on the rules and legislation regarding Scout activities in the countries you will be visiting. More and more frequently, Scout activities are subject to local or national legislation, and it is therefore important to find out which rules or restrictions apply before setting out.


The email address for subscribing mentioned in the issue 101 of Eurofax, is wrong. The correct address is
The theme of the next Roverway in 2003 is "People in Motion" and not "People on the Move" as incorrectly mentioned in the issue 101 of Eurofax


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