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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."

EuroSteps 1999

The final deadline for applying to run a EuroStep in 1999 is 11 September. Please fax your application to Jacqueline Collier at the European Scout Office by that date at the latest.

Europe For You! experiences

Inspired by the numerous success stories and encouraging messages received from national associations this summer about EuroSteps, the Passport For Europe and other elements of the Europe For You ! programme, the European Office would like to publish a newsletter to share this information more widely. Please send copies of reports, articles, interviews, evaluations or any other form of feedback from participants to Jacqueline Collier. Photos, slides or videos will also be gratefully received. Many thanks to everybody who has sent information already, including Ian Caunt, Environmental Assistant at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, who visited a EuroStep in Yugoslavia earlier this summer. He writes:

"The Eco-Camp Pancevo was held at the EuroStep on the island of Bela Stena in the middle of the River Danube near Belgrade. I was at the camp from 21-24 August running information sessions on SCENES (Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and the Environment) and environmental education, including running the types of sensory awareness games that we use in Kandersteg. The participants came from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and Yugoslavia. It was a remarkable achievement to get Scouts together from so many countries of the former Yugoslavia in a spirit of friendship and co-operation. Most were aged 17 - 25 and had come because of their interest in the environment.

"The Yugoslav Scouts are hoping to obtain the lease to use either the whole island of Bela Stena or another nearby island for Scouting, which could possibly become a SCENES centre. The camp showed the grass roots support that there is for the environment. These Rovers and young leaders are hungry for action and their enthusiasm needs tapping now!

"We also visited the Yugoslav office of the Regional Environmental Centre for central and eastern Europe (REC). The REC serves 15 countries in central and eastern Europe (email: Their programme covers various environmental topics including global environmental problems, sustainable development, Agenda 21, organising projects and communications."

Informal networks

The next North-South and Overture Network Meeting will be held in Bern, Switzerland from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October. The costs of participation will be CHF 130.- excluding transport to Bern. Bern has an airport with connections to major cities in Europe. Please find the programme and the registration form at on the Internet or contact the international secretary of the Swiss Guide and Scout Movement for the registration form: Tel: +41.31/328 05 45 Fax: +41/31 328 05 49 Email:

Seminar application deadlines this month

Adolescent health and emotional development: There are still places available on the European seminar on adolescent health and emotional development to be held at the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary from 19-25 September 1998. Please send a fax to the European Office immediately if you would like to attend.

Management Training: This seminar, to be held in Mélan, France (30 October - 4 November), aims to empower volunteers and professionals alike to practice good management of their association at the national level. Deadline for application is 20 September.

Education for participation in a democratic society: This seminar, to be held in Jerusalem, Israel (23-29 November), aims to assist national associations to develop high quality, non-formal educational programmes which enable their members to be active and responsible citizens in a democratic society. Deadline for application is 25 September.

Male and female leaders educating young people - gender identity and gender roles of leaders: Previously titled 'Male leaders in Guiding' (Eurofax No. 70, July 1998), this Europe Region WAGGGS seminar, to be held in Beinwil-am-See, Switzerland (12-15 November), aims to raise awareness on the roles of male and female leaders in educating young people. Deadline for application is 25 September.

Where to Stay in Europe 1999

Centres wishing to be included in the 1999 edition of this popular directory must complete the necessary forms and return these to their National Headquarters. The deadline for applications to be received at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, endorsed by your international commissioner, is 30 September 1998. For more information, contact John Moffat at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, CH-3718 Kandersteg, Switzerland, Tel: +41.33/675 82 82; Fax: +41.33/675 82 89


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