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Peace Sailors evaluate the Peace Cruise
Now that the sun has set over the Peace Cruise for the last time, and the Peace Sailors have returned home, it is time to evaluate the project and to look to the future. The training co-ordinators met members of the Partners' Committee in Brussels from 16-17 October and the whole training team came together in Geneva from 29-30 October to identify how to translate the experiences of the Peace Cruise into future projects. The 15 trainers from all over Europe and the Mediterranean discussed different aspects of the Peace Cruise with Jacques Moreillon and with institutional partners from the European Union and the European Youth Forum.
As Tarek Fayed, Youth Programme Director, Arab Scout Region, explained: "We live in a culture of war, but now we have proved that in practice, it is possible to create an atmosphere of cooperation". The Peace Sailors said that the experience had changed each one of them and that they were now ready to work actively towards peace upon their return home.
Proposals for future work include the development of the web site www.peacecruise.org to help the Peace Sailors keep in touch with each other and keep up the momentum of their experience. As one of them said: "Let's keep the excitement of sleeping on deck, under the stars, during this new week".
New European Scout Voluntary Programme
For many years, young people from different parts of the world have benefited from the chance to work as a volunteer at Scout and Guide sites in Europe. For the year 2000, the new European Scout Voluntary Programme offers any young man or woman aged between 18 and 30 who is a member of a WOSM member organisation the chance to come and work as a volunteer at one of 25 sites in 10 European countries. The young people will develop and learn leadership skills and intercultural learning during at least 4 weeks at one of the sites. They will also be able to apply to receive support towards their travel costs from the Fund for European Scouting.
The sites involved have to offer certain minimum standards to their volunteers and have responsibilities to fulfil during the period, which must be for at least 4 weeks between 1 May and 30 September.
Copies of the new booklet will be sent to every association in the next ScoutPak and directly to those who have ordered them in advance. Further copies and more information can be obtained from John Moffat, Kandersteg International Scout Centre: tel. +41 33 675 82 82, fax +41 33 675 82 89, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New EuroSteps for 2000
In 2000, there will be 61 EuroSteps in 22 countries, offering opportunities for young people aged 16-22 to take part in projects relating to the Passport for Europe with young people from other countries. We are especially happy to include two exciting Rover projects from the Arab Scout Region: the Sinai Rover Gathering in Egypt and the Desert Safari in Libya.
The EuroSteps booklets go to the printers' next week. If you haven't yet ordered copies for your local groups (in English, French or German), please do so immediately from ESO-Geneva. A web version of the booklet will be made this month. You will be able to download the whole booklet, or only the projects in the countries of your choice, from www.scout.org/europe. Please distribute this month's special EuroSteps 2000 supplement to local groups in your country and publish it in your national Scout magazines and newsletters.
Poland hosts 6th European Scout and Guide Centre Managers' Conference
From 13-17 October, 73 participants representing 42 Scout and Guide centres in 16 different countries met at the National Training Centre of ZHP "Perkoz" in Poland for this successful and enjoyable event. Participants took part in plenary sessions on "marketing and PR", "European update" and "opportunities". On two evenings, the "my centre, my country" session provided a great opportunity to share experiences and ideas.
Participants could take part in three workshops run by other participants on topics ranging from "Europe For You !" to "interactive Nature" to "who are our customers?". There were also sessions on fundamental aspects of managing centres such as "staffing", "fund-raising" and "activity safety standards". The Perkoz staff ran some of their centre's activities and hosted a "Polish evening" with the help of local Scouts and Guides. This was a great end to a great conference. Thanks to all those who helped organise the event and make it such a success.
The conference report will be sent in the next EuroPak. Any centre or association interested in hosting the next conference in October 2001 can contact John Moffat in Kandersteg for information.
Input for the Mission of Scouting Symposium
Don't forget to visit our web site to give your input for the Mission of Scouting Symposium. The European Scout Committee would like to receive ideas from national associations on how to make the best use of WOSM's mission statement at European level, as well as at national and local level.
A reminder that the symposium will be held in Slovenia from 21-23 January and that the invitation can be found in October's EuroPak. This event will ensure follow-up in Europe of decisions taken by the World Scout Conference, particularly relating to the Mission of Scouting and the sharing of responsibilities between men and women at all levels within WOSM. There will also be an opportunity to identify ways of strengthening partnership and developing Scouting especially in the Balkan area.
Survey on Progressive Schemes
The youth programme working group is doing a survey on progressive schemes developed by national associations in Europe. It would like to identify different ways of motivating young people to make progress and is collecting examples of case studies and materials on progressive schemes. Please fill in the questionnaire in the next Europak and return it to Jacqueline Collier at the European Scout Office.
Friends of Scouting in Europe
From 810 October, the Friends of Scouting in Europe met in Györ, Hungary, for their first annual meeting. Besides cultural activities, they had the pleasure of meeting some very enthusiastic leaders of Slovensky Skauting and seeing first hand the difficult conditions under which they are working. The new Slovak handbook for Cub Scout leaders, which has been produced with the support of the Hall Foundation, was presented with evident pride.
This meeting gave the participants a clearer picture of the needs for financial support of the newer associations in Europe. Everybody is looking forward to the next meeting, which will take place next autumn in a central or eastern European country. If you would like to become a member or receive more information on the Friends of Scouting in Europe, please contact the European Scout Office (e-mail: email@example.com).
News from the Informal Networks
The networks met in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 22-24 October and each welcomed more than 20 participants from approximately 10 countries. The North-South Network had external inputs on development education and project planning and discussed the implementation of the Marrakech Charter. The Overture Network gained an insight into the situation faced by minorities in Denmark from its guest speaker and members of newly-established Muslim Scout groups. It examined ways of using video to improve Scouting's image and tested some intercultural learning tools. Better use could be made of the network as a platform to strengthen bilateral contacts at all levels between associations.
The next network meetings will be held near Lisbon in Portugal, hosted by the Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal. The Overtures Network will meet from 16-19 March and the North-Scout Network from 17-19. For more information, contact Nuño Pintão, international commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Italy welcomes our representatives
The annual meeting of Scouts and Guides who represent our Movements in Europe's national youth councils and in the European Youth Forum took place in Rivalba, near Turin, from 21-24 October. The 30 participants exchanged their experiences and developed their skills and knowledge of youth policy issues. A series of "Frequently Asked Questions" tackled issues such as lobbying, European funding, the European institutions and oral presentations. Later sessions discussed how active involvement in a national youth council helps Scouting and Guiding.
If your association is not active in your national youth council, or if your representatives need support in their role, then why not encourage them to join the network. A report will soon be available on this meeting, which will be full of ideas and conclusions from the discussions. The network meets every year, communicating by e-mail in between.
Turkey to host seminar on "Challenging programmes for young people over 16"
This will be an opportunity to bring together members of national and regional teams responsible for developing programmes for Rovers, Venture Scouts or Rangers, as well as managers of EuroSteps and participants in the Europe For You ! programme. The seminar will take place in Olympus, Turkey, from 20-26 May 2000. It will encourage national Scout and Guide associations to share their ideas and experiences and identify ways of improving programmes for young people over 16.
The seminar programme will include modules on exploration and discovery, environment and community development, Europe For You! and intercultural learning, as well as hikes, an exhibition and project fair, workshops and work on projects for implementation in national associations. Participants will have the chance to develop a new concept for a joint European event for young people. It is for this reason that the call for associations to host Eurofolk in 2003 will not be made until after this seminar.
Participants should communicate well in English or French and be aged 18-30, reasonably fit and willing to take part in challenging activities. The seminar invitation will be distributed in the next EuroPak and made available on our regional web site.
ESO Staff Changes
The European Scout Offices welcomes Yarif Friedman from Israel as its new Finance Assistant, replacing Kristel Meunier who left during her probationary period.
- Centenary Fund: send 1999 reports immediately to ESO-Geneva; CF 2000 apply by 31.12.99.
- Mission of Scouting Symposium (21-23.01.99 Slovenia): apply by 10.12.99 to ESO-Geneva.
EuroSteps 2000 Overview
Here are summaries of all the EuroSteps for 2000. The projects are coded so that you can identify the main topic relating to the 6 key 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. Take part in challenges linked to nature, culture and sport and make a web page to present your discoveries.
- La Fresnaye (E&D, D)
Explore Brussels, "capital of Europe", using our activity data base and visit the European institutions with a civil servant.
- 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.
- 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 2000 (E&D, C) NEW
Tour Southern Moravia by bicycle to discover the pre-history, Celtic and Slavonic settlements, medieval castles and Baroque churches of this region, as well as meeting the local people and learning about their everyday lives.
- Tapestry for 2001 Conferences (C) NEW
Learn the original art technique of making a non-woven tapestry "painting with wool". Make your own tapestry as well as a giant one for the European Conferences in 2001.
- Arresøcentret (C)
On our ancient farm, we offer a Rover workshop for Rovers and leaders, to inspire new activities for Rovers and to help you discover Danish culture and traditional handicrafts.
- Houens Odde (QL) NEW
Explore the sea and forest and take part in activities relating to nature, the environment and farm life. You can also take part in work camps during the spring and autumn, working on the buildings, the boat area and the campsites.
- Næsbycentret (QL)
Come to this Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and the Environment to take part in more than 50 environmental activities. You can also go on hikes and trips by canoe.
- Stevninghus (C)
Discover the ancient Vikings, their techniques, handicrafts and way of life or even build a traditional Viking house. At Easter, we have a special event for Rovers and Rangers.
- Sinai Rover Gathering (E&D, C) NEW
Join us on Mount Sinai, land of civilisation and meeting point of three world religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Here, at the crossroads of Africa and Asia, we will explore the nature and culture of the region. You can see spectacular natural scenery - strange rock formations, impressive mountains, golden sands and turquoise sea.
- 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, surrounded by magnificent countryside with mountains and river gorges. Go hiking, caving and kayaking and discover the culture and traditions of neighbouring villages.
- Jambville (C)
Join our work camp to restore a castle and park, and visit Paris and its surroundings.
- Lourdes (S)
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 culture.
- Duisburg (E&D, C)
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, places of historical and ecological importance and the city of Frankfurt.
- Immenhausen (E&D, S) NEW
Expo 2000, the world exhibition, is taking place nearby. You can do explore the thousands of topics covered by this huge exhibition. You can also work on a social project for homeless children or adults or do conservation work in the nearby forest or nature reserve.
- 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, do handicrafts, or work at a nearby children's home.
- Olympic Games (E&D, C, W) NEW
Visit Athens, the city that will host the 2004 Olympic Games. Discover the history of the games and sail in a traditional boat to ancient sites, including Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games, and the theatre of Epidavros.
- Orientations 2000 (E&D) NEW
Join our Panhellenic Camp near Mount Olympus to meet other young people, discover Greek culture and ancient sites, serve the local communities and explore nature.
- 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 the mountains.
- 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.
- 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 famous paintings.
- Opicina (E&D, C)
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 with Slovenia.
- 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)
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.
- Desert Safari (E&D, C) NEW
Trek through the Sahara by camel to explore remote mountainous areas and discover spectacular desert scenery. Meet the Tuareg people and learn about their history and culture.
- 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.
- 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. We have some exciting educational trails and own a boat with specialised equipment for scientific research.
- 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.
- Treasure Hunt (E&D) NEW
If you want to see beavers, explore a wild and beautiful lakeside area and discover historical remains, join our hike and come and hunt for hidden treasure.
- 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 Portugal.
- 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.
- Dobje (E&D, C, S) NEW
In the unique natural and social environment in this area, you can explore ancient folk architecture and discover the rural customs, ancient legends, folklore and dances which have been transmitted through the generations. You will also do some useful voluntary work, helping people living on ancient, isolated farms.
- 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 horseback.
- 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.
- Händer (C)
Take part in a handicraft workshop on the beautiful island of Vässarö, and try out wood and leather work, welding, spinning, tanning and rope-making.
- Calanca Valley (C, S, E&D)
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.
- Kanjiza (QL, W)
During a 10 day camp, you can discover the Tisa River, its flora, fauna, boats and local crafts connected with the river, such as fishing and boat-building.
- 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 artists.
- Kusjak Beach (E&D, W)
Explore a national park on the Danube with its natural wonders and rich animal life, discover a prehistoric settlement, learn about a famous composer, go 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.
- Mount Rajac (E&D, QL, C) NEW
Explore the mountain trails, take part in environmental activities, excavate and restore a medieval monastery and discover the traditional crafts of local people.
- Sirmium Archaeological Camp (E&D, C, W) NEW
Discover archaeology and history on the site of the ancient Roman city of Sirmium, help to preserve the ancient monuments and explore nature by bike, boat or kayak.
- 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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