December 1998 Home

"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."

European offices on the move!

The new contact details for the European Scout Office are as follows:

European Scout Office, Rue Henri-Christiné 5, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41.22/705 11 00 Fax: +41.22/705 11 09 Email:

European Scout Office, Avenue Porte de Hal 39, B-1060 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32.2/534 33 15 Fax: +32.2/706 52 67 Email:

The Geneva office will be fully operational on 4 January 1999. Due to staff commitments related to the World Scout Jamboree, the Brussels office will only become fully operational on 18 January 1999. In the interim, the European Scout Office staff may be contacted through the World Scout Bureau. The European Scout Office will close on Thursday, 24 December and re-open on Monday, 4 January. With immediate effect, contact details for the new Europe Office WAGGGS are as follows:

Europe Office WAGGGS, Avenue Porte de Hal 38 (Boîte 1), B-1060 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32.2/541 08 80 Fax: +32.2/541 08 99

European Scout Centenary Fund

If your association has not yet submitted an application to the European Scout Centenary Fund for project support in 1999, please note that the deadline for applications to be received to the European Scout Office in Geneva is 31 December 1998. Postal applications may be addressed to European Scout Office, Box 327, CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.

The Peace Cruise

From 27-29 November, the Partners' Committee and the Programme Committee met in Geneva to finalise the arrangements for the Peace Cruise. This ambitious project, managed by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and under the patronage of Jacques Santer, President of the European Commission, is open to members of youth organisations belonging to the European Youth Forum and the Mediterranean Youth Forum.

The Black Knight, owned by the Polish Scout and Guide Association ZHP, will sail from Alexandria in Egypt on 1 August 1999 and arrive in Piraeus in Greece on 21 September 1999. She will call at Gaza in the Palestinian Territories, Haifa in Israel, Beirut in Lebanon, Larnaca in Cyprus, Rhodes in Greece, and Antalya and Istanbul in Turkey. Each of the four cruises will last ten days and will involve 25 participants, aged 18-25 from the countries bordering on the Mediterranean Sea, and four trainers. In addition to the 96 young people on board the ship, thousands of young people will be involved in the Peace Events to be organised in each port of call.

This project is supported enthusiastically by the European Union, the Council of Europe and UNESCO and is included in their own programmes as a flagship project. It will demonstrate Scouting's capacity to give young people opportunities to take part in real action in society and make a significant contribution to the fight against prejudice and intolerance and to the building of peace.

The Partners' Committee, which is responsible for the organisation and financial management of the project, is chaired by Jacques Moreillon, Secretary General. of the World Organization. It brings together representatives from Directorate General XXII of the European Commission, the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, the European Youth Forum, the European Scout Region, the Arab Scout Region and the World Scout Committee. The Partners' Committee examined the budget for the Peace Cruise and Peace Events and received reports on the preparations underway in several ports.

The Peace Cruise Programme Committee involves representatives from Casin specialising in international negotiation and conflict-prevention, and Beyond the Mask specialising in interactive theatre, in addition to the above-mentioned organisations. This committee prepared the programme to motivate the participants and enable them to acquire skills to become mediators for peace in their own communities. It also planned the content of the Peace Events and the training for trainers to take place from 25 April - 2 May 1999 at the Cairo International Scout Centre.

Promotional material has already been sent out in Europak. More detailed information and application forms for young people and trainers will follow shortly. Please note that even if your country does not border on the Mediterranean Sea, your association can provide trainers aged under 35 who are experienced in youth work, particularly in conflict management. It is also possible to be involved by organising youth exchanges with Mediterranean countries. For more information, please contact Richard Amalvy or Anna Keep: Email

Management Seminar

The invitation and application forms for the Management Seminar will be mailed to associations in January. The seminar will take place at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, 6-11 March. Please note that, in consequence, there will be a tight deadline for application: 11 February. The aims of the seminar are: to strengthen the management of national Scout organizations and associations; to provide appropriate management training for their top managers; to enable them to manage their financial, technical and human resources; to support the development of youth programme and of a system for managing adult resources. Participants should be top managers of national Scout organizations or associations (i.e. Chief Scouts, Chief Executives and Chief Commissioners) able to understand and speak good English or French. There is no age limit for this event.

Power of Information and Communication

The dates for the Power of Information and Communication seminar have now been confirmed as 2-9 May 1999. It will be held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France. It will enable national Scout and Guide associations to share ideas and experiences of how to provide young people with easy access to topical information, as well as to identify various means of communication and analyse their usefulness and attractiveness to young people. Participants should be members of national or regional teams responsible for managing information and communication within national associations, or young managers of innovative projects in the information and communication fields. They should be aged 16-26 and able to communicate well in English or French. The invitation and application will be sent in January's Europak. The deadline for application to the European Scout Office is 15 March.

4th Euro-Arab Meeting

Please note that the date for the next Euro-Arab Meeting, to be hosted by Soma Hellinon Proskopon in Athens, Greece, has been changed to 20-26 September 1999 to coincide with the arrival of the Peace Cruise. As follow-up to the theme of the previous meeting in Kuwait which was developing programmes for adolescents, the theme of this meeting will be Youth for Youth. It will focus on:

  1. enabling young people to create opportunities for other young people in their communities;
  2. training adults to support young people;
  3. making our Movement open to all young people.

National associations in the European and Arab Scout Regions will share case studies on these topics as well as their experiences of bilateral and multilateral partnership, review guidelines on cooperation and prepare an action plan including national and regional activities. An invitation and application form will be sent in January's Europak.

Palestinian Scout Association

On 30 November, a meeting of European associations and representatives of the European and Arab Scout Regions involved in supporting the development of the Palestinian Scout Association was held in Geneva. A review was made of activities undertaken since the Euro-Arab study trip to the Palestinian Authority in June 1997 and new priorities were set. It was agreed to coordinate actions between the two regions and set up a framework within which national associations can work. Once a detailed action plan has been completed by the Palestinian Scout Association, a support plan will be developed by the two regions and supporting associations at the next meeting in Cairo from 16-18 April 1999. Any European associations interested in being involved, especially by organising twinnings and youth exchanges, providing training or equipping training centres at district level should contact Jacqueline Collier, responsible for Euro-Arab cooperation, at the European Scout Office:

Kandersteg completes extension project

In 1998, nearly 10,000 young people from around 35 countries have visited the Centre, to experience some of the unique atmosphere, meet new people and learn new things. Over the past four years, the Kandersteg International Scout Centre has undertaken a large scale expansion of its facilities and in June 1996, the Chalet extension was officially opened. This year, the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Centre, has seen several special events and the completion of new staff and guest accommodation. The final accounts of the project were recently approved by the Kandersteg Committee, bringing this project to a successful conclusion. Many thanks to everyone who has helped the Centre realise it's dream over the past few years, particularly Peter Eigenmann, the architect of the project. Thanks to their combined efforts, many more young people will now be able to experience the 'Magic of Kandersteg'. For more information about the Centre, please contact John Moffat, Tel: +41 33 675 82 82 Email:

Sea Scout and Guide Seminar

Please note that the date of the 6th European Sea Scout and Guide Seminar has been changed to 8-12 June 2000. The date of the Marine Environment Seminar remains 4-10 September 1999. Both of these events will take place in Perkoz, Poland.

And finally

The European Region's committee members and staff send their very best wishes to all our members in Europe for a joyful festive season and a peaceful and productive new year.


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