"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."
19th World Scout Jamboree
The Jamboree in Chile was a great success. The spectacular Jamboree site in
Piquarquín was in a beautiful natural setting, the weather was hot and
sunny, the Chilean hosts were friendly and very welcoming, and the participants
from all over the world were cheerful and enthusiastic about the Jamboree programme
and sub-camp life. There was a total of 30,948 participants (Scouts, adult leaders
and International Service Staff) from 157 countries and territories. Of these,
9,183 participants came from Europe. Several of the 38 European countries represented
sent their largest ever contingent to an overseas event. The three European
countries with the largest contingents were the United Kingdom 2,004, France
1,266 and Germany 940. So Europe was able to make a substantial contribution
and, of course, benefit a great deal from this once-in-a-lifetime event!
The World Scout Committee and the World Scout Bureau will hold an evaluation
and planning meeting in Geneva on 19 March to draw as many useful conclusions
as possible for the next World Scout Jamboree. This will be held in Sattahip,
Thailand, from 28 December 2002 to 8 January 2003. If you would like to share
your ideas and experiences from the Chilean Jamboree or previous Jamborees,
please send your comments (by fax, e-mail or mail in English, French, Spanish
or Portuguese) by the end of February to Jean Cassaigneau at the World Scout
Bureau, fax +41.22.781 20 53, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please sort and label your comments under headings e.g. preparation, youth programme,
infrastructure, ceremonies, hospitality. The most important questions to answer
are: what were the good things you would like to see again in Thailand? what
would you like to see improved in Thailand? We hope that many European associations
will contribute their ideas and help to make the next World Scout Jamboree even
Highlights in 1999
A lot will be happening in 1999 and your association will probably be stuck
for choice. Please note the following key events for top leaders:
- Management seminar, Kandersteg, 6-11 March, for top professionals and volunteers
in national Scout associations.
- Forum on Youth Programme and Adult Resources, Malta, 29 May - 4 June, for
members of national programme and adult resources/training teams.
- The Peace Cruise, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, 8 August - 21 September, for
young people aged 16-25 from Mediterranean countries.
- 4th Euro-Arab Meeting, Greece, 20-26 September, for all those interested
in furthering cooperation between European and Arab Scout associations.
- European Scout and Guide Centre Managers' Conference, Poland, 13-17 October,
for managers of centres and campsites.
A reminder that the European Sea Scout and Guide seminar will be held in Perkoz,
Poland, from 8-12 June 2000, and not in 1999 as originally proposed.
Information about all European seminars and events, as well as reports of previous
seminars and events, can be downloaded from the European Scout Region's web
You'll find brief information about every one of this year's EuroSteps in this
issue's special supplement.
European Scout Centenary fund
The European Scout Plan, as adopted by the Luxembourg Conference last year,
proposed that direct funding should be available to national associations so
that innovative projects can be supported. Application forms were sent to all
associations in October and we are pleased to say that, at the closing date,
we had 31 applications. Final decisions will be made at the March '99 meeting
of the European Scout Committee. The funding will be made available through
the Fund for European Scouting. The Committee is taking a keen interest in the
Centenary Fund and individual Committee members and/or staff will be glad to
work with associations in order to discuss applications or to work on future
News gro the European Commitee
The European Scout Committee met in Paris over the weekend of 6-8 November.
It also met with the Europe Committee WAGGGS to discuss the Joint Plan and other
issues. Despite a busy programme, the Committee was able to meet representatives
of nearly all the Scout and Guide associations in France. Our thanks to Scoutisme
Francais for arranging this.
The Committee considered many issues, including:
The Peace Cruise
The Committee is very enthusiastic about the Peace Cruise and the opportunity
it provides for participating in the process of peace-building in the world.
We can also improve co-operation with the Arab Region and with other international
organisations, such as UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the European Union.
Central and Eastern Europe
The Committee confirmed its commitment to supporting all associations according
to their needs whilst at the same time aiming to locate events and activities
in central and eastern Europe whenever possible.
The European Scout Plan
The four working groups, each chaired by a Committee member, are now well
advanced on their plans. If you have proposals on the Regional Plan, please
contact the relevant working group chairman:
The Committee approved the budget for the New Year and was pleased to note
the progress that has been made to recover the deficit from the previous triennium.
Per Hylander (email@example.com)
is working with Bill McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org),
the Honorary Treasurer. A financial report will be circulated to associations
after the Committee has approved it in March 1999.
The World Scout Conference 1999
Preliminary planning for this event is underway, especially for the regional
meeting, which will as usual be held during the Conference in Durban. We look
forward to a good representation from European associations.
European Scout Conference
The report of the Luxembourg Conference has been published and is available
on the web site. The planning for the next Conference in 2001 has started with
Junak in the Czech Republic (jointly with WAGGGS).
The number of guests at Kandersteg in 1998 increased compared with 1997 and
the Committee congratulated John Moffat, the Director, and his team. The Europe
Committee WAGGGS and the European Scout Committee will be meeting at Kandersteg
in March 1999.
The Committee welcomed Anna Keep to her new role as Deputy Director, External
Relations, based at the European Scout Office in Brussels.
We were sorry to say farewell and thank you to Ray Saunders as Director of
Communications following his move to a new job with the World Scout Bureau,
as Director, Information Technology. Among many other tasks, he successfully
faced the challenge of producing 75 issues of Eurofax (from September 1992 to
December 1998). Thanks a lot Ray and do not forget Europe!
News from the European Scout Office
Now that the European Scout Office is fully operational in its new locations
and the Region has overcome its recent financial and administrative difficulties,
the staff is ready and keen to face new challenges and to offer their best possible
support to national Scout associations in 1999. If you wish to contact individual
members of the team, you can do so at the following locations:
- Dominique Bénard, Regional Director (management of the European
Office, growth, strategic planning, communication) - email@example.com
- Jacqueline Collier, Director, Youth Programme (youth programme development
and support to national associations, RAP, EuroSteps, Overture network, Euro-Arab
cooperation) - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kjeld Jespersen, Director, Adult Resources (Adults in Scouting and support
to national associations, management, regional web site) - email@example.com
- Aidan Jones, Director, Administration and Finance (administration of the
European Office, financial management, Centenary Fund) - firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Moffat, Director, Kandersteg International Scout Centre (management
of K.I.S.C., European Scout and Guide Centre Managers' Conference, Where to
Stay in Europe, European Voluntary Service) - email@example.com
Why the new look in Eurofax?
The Europe Committee WAGGGS has announced its intention to launch a separate
fax newsletter for its members and, consequently, has expressed its wish that
Eurofax should no longer appear as a joint publication of the Europe Region
WAGGGS and the European Scout Region. Eurofax therefore returns to its original
purpose as primarily serving members of the World Organization of the Scout
Movement in Europe.
EuroSteps 1999 Overview
Here are brief summaries of all the EuroSteps offered in 1999, with codes to
help you quickly identify the related areas of the Passport for Europe:
- exploration and discovery "E&D";
- quality of life "QL";
- democracy "D";
- culture "S";
- solidarity "C";
- career and social skills "C&S".
Projects of special interest to Sea or Water Scouts have been marked "W".
- Courrière (E&D, C)
Stay in a castle and take part in a Cyber Hike to explore the most beautiful
region of Belgium with its cliffs, rivers, caves and forests, and make a web
page to present your discoveries.
- La Fresnaye (E&D, D) NEW
Explore Brussels using our activity data base and visit the European
institutions with a civil servant from your country.
- Merkenveld (QL, E&D)
Help develop a new ecological programme for the centre, explore Bruges
and its famous canals and visit Ypres, where you can still see evidence of
the First World War.
- Sunrise City - On the Waves (S)
Explore the beautiful Croatian coast and help organise a summer camp
and activities for child victims of war.
- Sunrise City - Secret Woodlands (S, E&D)
Explore the forests and lakes of Croatia and help organise a summer camp
and activities for child victims of war.
- Veruda - Scout Marine Watch (QL, W)
Take part in this project to raise awareness of environmental problems
among Scouts and other young people. The project includes research and action
such as cleaning beaches and the sea. There are also traditional Sea Scout
activities and courses on survival on land and at sea.
- Czech Tour '99 (E&D, C)
Tour Southern Bohemia by bicycle and discover an unspoilt part of the
Czech Republic with its many castles, churches and historic buildings.
- Arresøcentret (C)
Stay on an ancient farm, discover Danish culture and learn traditional
- Næsbycentret (E&D, C, QL)
Come to this Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and the Environment
to learn some ancient handicrafts, environmental protection and third world
- Stevninghus (C)
Discover the ancient Vikings, their techniques, handicrafts and way of
life. You can even build a traditional Viking house.
- Liminka Bay (QL)
Help to preserve one of the best-known wetlands in Europe by mowing reed,
learn about Finnish flora and fauna and enjoy unspoilt nature by the shore
and in the forest.
- Widablick (QL, W)
Live on an island near Helsinki, explore an archipelago, discover a beautiful
wilderness area and help repair a house, boats, jetty and sauna.
- Bécours (E&D, C)
Help to restore ancient houses in this abandoned hamlet, go hiking, caving
and kayaking and discover the culture and traditions of neighbouring villages.
- Jambville (C) NEW
Join our work camp to restore a castle and park, and visit Paris and
- Lourdes (S) NEW
Meet Scouts and other people from all over the world to discuss, pray
and serve others. Join the stretcher bearers who help ill people take part
in the pilgrimage.
- Mediterranean Forest (QL)
Help prevent forest fires and preserve the environment by organising
information campaigns, patrolling areas at risk, and manning lookout posts
and a radio headquarters.
- Mélan (E&D, C)
Take part in a work camp and discover an unspoilt natural environment,
alternative lifestyles and a unique culture in a mountainous area.
- Bucher Berg (QL, C)
Go hiking, canoeing or caving in the largest natural park in Germany,
help preserve alpine meadows and discover Roman or Celtic history and local
- Duisburg (E&D, C) NEW
Discover an unusual and impressive industrial landscape, help preserve
the industrial heritage and reclaim spoilt land for the benefit of local people.
- Fritz-Emmel-Haus (E&D)
Take part in hikes and expeditions to discover the countryside and city
- Immenhausen (C)
Learn about the history of the German Youth Movement, the Grimm Brothers'
fairy tales and the arts and crafts of the region.
- Scout Castle Rieneck (E&D, C)
Stay at a 1,000 year-old castle and explore great forests, medieval towns,
castles and palaces. Go hiking, canoeing or cycling, make handicrafts, or
work at a nearby children's home.
- Kastania (E&D, C)
Taste Greek cuisine, learn to dance, go wine-tasting or visit Byzantine
churches and the historic monuments of Thessaloniki. Explore the beautiful
mountains or trek to Mount Olympus.
- Saronic Gulf (E&D, C, W)
Join our Sea Scouts on a cruise in a traditional boat to learn about
Greek drama and visit some of the most important sites of Ancient and modern
Greece, its people and culture.
- Vari (D)
Explore Athens, the cradle of democracy 2,500 years ago, and learn about
ancient and modern democratic practices.
- Sli Cualann I & II (E&D, C)
Experience the real Dublin and discover the Irish people, their heritage,
culture, music and way of life, and follow an exciting wilderness trail across
- B.-P. Park (E&D, S)
Explore the countryside and learn about the Etruscans. Visit the Pope
in Rome, spend a day in a monastery, and help provide social services to elderly
and homeless people.
- Costigiola (E&D, C, S)
Hike in one of the areas in Italy most affected by the First World War,
learn about peace education and conflict-solving, visit Venice and Vicenza,
and work with associations which provide support to the poor, refugees and
- Faltona (D, S)
Share ideas and experiences of social work in different countries, and
work with disadvantaged people, immigrants and former drug addicts or alcoholics
in a community house near Florence. Discover medieval churches and Giotto's
- Opicina (E&D, C) NEW
Explore the countryside by hiking, canoeing, riding or caving, and discover
the way of life, music and dance at this multi-ethnic crossroads on the border
- Pentedattilo (C)
Help renovate houses, the castle and a church in an ancient village close
to the sea, surrounded by magnificent countryside, with a spectacular view
of Sicily and Mount Etna.
- Po Scout Reserve (QL)
Take part in outdoor activities in the Po River Valley, help build a
small environmental education centre, make a cycle path, create a playground
and produce educational material for Scouts and other young people.
- Seven Brothers (QL)
Take part in a fire prevention camp, manning look out posts, working
as radio operators and joining the fire prevention team. Discover the fantastic
Sardinian landscape, friendly people and delicious food.
- Gulbere (E&D, QL) NEW
Discover a wild, forested part of Europe and the way of life in a former
Soviet country. Help to restore an ancient estate and its garden, and learn
about fishing and agricultural traditions.
- Buitenzorg (E&D, W)
Find out lots of interesting things about water, explore the polders
by bicycle and canoe, visit a shipyard or the world's largest harbour, and
discover Amsterdam and its canals.
- Kattegat Sail Expedition (E&D, C, W) NEW
Join an international crew and sail on traditional Scandinavian Sea Scout
boats along well-established trading routes between Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Discover modern and traditional aspects of Scandinavian culture.
- Funka (QL, W)
Take part in environmental and water activities at this watersports centre
located on a lake in a nature reserve where many endangered species of plants
and animals can be found.
- Perkoz (E&D, QL, W)
Explore an unspoilt region famous for its great lakes and castles by
hiking, cycling, horse-riding or kayaking, take part in environmental projects
and learn to sail or scuba-dive.
- Apulia (QL, C, E&D)
Take part in conservation projects to preserve the beach and dunes in
a natural park, discover the unique customs and traditions of the local people,
and explore the little known natural and cultural environment in northern
- Saõ Jacinto (QL, E&D, C)
Come to a small fishing village and take part in our water and earth
programmes to improve the quality of life. Explore the medieval city of Oporto
and participate in our new project on intercultural communication and discovery.
- Danube Delta (E&D, QL)
Come to the largest unspoilt wetlands in Europe, with its rich bird and
plant life. Help develop our Scout centre and take part in ecological projects
or social work in a nearby village.
- Bovec ( S, E&D) NEW
Help organise camps and activities for children, repair damage caused
by a recent earthquake, explore a beautiful region and visit our historical
- Font Roja (QL) NEW
Help develop a project to preserve and raise awareness of the natural
environment, restore an old house and explore the mountains and coast.
- Forest Protection Camp (QL, W)
Take part in environmental protection camps in the mountains or by the
coast, providing information to visitors, cooperating with forestry authorities
and taking part in watersports.
- Griebal (E&D, S)
Help create a centre for young people by restoring an abandoned village
in the Pyrenees, explore the countryside and local villages on foot or on
- Poble Nou del Delta (QL) NEW
Come to this paradise for nature lovers, explore the delta with its rice
fields, make a bird census and help to preserve the natural environment.
- Sa Torrenterra (E&D, QL)
Explore the real island of Mallorca with its unique culture and traditions,
meet the local people and take part in workshops and environmental activities.
- Sant Joan de l'Avellanet (E&D, QL)
Discover a spectacular mountainous area and help to preserve the environment
by reconstructing paths and restoring a chapel and a Romanesque bridge.
- Vässarö (C)
Take part in a handicraft workshop on this beautiful island, and try
out wood and leather work, welding, spinning, tanning and rope-making.
- Calancatal (C, S, E&D) NEW
Come to this intact alpine valley, learn local crafts and work with local
people to rebuild stone walls, preserve the meadows, make hiking trails or
help with the harvest.
- Kandersteg (E&D, QL)
Meet people from all over the world and take part in activities on the
themes of alpine high adventure, international friendship and the environment.
- Our Chalet (E&D)
Explore the Alps by hiking or skiing, share ideas with people from different
countries and help out in the chalet or on the campsite.
- Beyond Big Ben I & II (E&D, C, D)
Go beyond the usual tourist sites and explore the real London, its history,
culture and famous and not-so-famous institutions.
- Blackwell Court (E&D, C)
Discover Britain's industrial and cultural heritage, visit Shakespeare's
birthplace, explore Birmingham with its extensive canal system and take part
in adventurous activities.
- Foxlease (E&D)
Help develop an environmental programme for this activity centre and
visit nearby Brownsea Island where the first Scout camp was held.
- Hawkhirst Adventure (E&D, W)
Visit local farming communities, learn about local crafts, explore the
surrounding moors and hills and take part in sports and water activities.
- Northumbria (E&D, QL, D, C, S, C&S, W) NEW
Join an international camp and take part in activities linked to the
six key areas of the Passport for Europe.
- Kanjiza (QL, W)
Discover the Tisa River, its flora, fauna, boats and local crafts.
- Kovacica Art Colony (C)
Come to a unique region of Yugoslavia where many different cultures coexist,
visit local villages, learn about different cultures, and paint with local
- Kusjak Beach (E&D, W) NEW
Explore a national park on the Danube with its natural wonders and rich
animal life, discover a prehistoric settlement, learn about a famous composer,
do wine-tasting and take part in water activities.
- Oblacina Lake (QL, E&D, W)
Learn about water, forests and alternative energy with our River Scouts,
hike in the mountains and take part in water activities.
- White Rock (QL)
Take part in this ecological camp with workshops on many different environmental
and social topics run by specialists - or run your own.
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