February 2000 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."

Our Brother Kiraithe

It is our painful duty to inform you that our brother Kiraithe Nyaga lost his life in the service of Scouting while on a mission to Liberia. His flight, KQ 431, crashed last night in the sea near Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The WSB is in close contact with Abdoulaye Sene, who is organising the repatriation of the body and the burial with the family. Luc Panissod will represent World Scouting in Nairobi to express our sadness, respect and love for a great Scouter and a wonderful man. Abdoulaye Sene will serve as acting Regional Director for Africa. Expression of condolences can be sent c/o Africa Scout Office, City Square, P.O. Box 63070, Kenya, tel +254 2/ 577123, fax +254 2 / 569795, email

Mission in Focus

The Scout Association of Slovenia (Zveza tabornikov Slovenije) welcomed 101 representatives of Scout associations from 29 countries to Gozd Martuljek from 21-23 January for the European Symposium on the Mission of Scouting. The participants focused on the new mission statement for Scouting in the 21st Century and on finding ways of taking concrete action at national and international level to implement it effectively. Tasks during the symposium included: exploring Scouting’s role as an independent educational movement complementary to school and the family; identifying key challenges in implementing the mission; identifying ways of furthering equal opportunities within national associations; reviewing strategic priorities; and developing international partnerships.

The main topics proposed for more in-depth study, possibly at the next European Scout Conference in Prague in 2001, were: formulating our mission statement for different target audiences; promoting equal opportunities in the broadest sense; defining strategies on membership development; identifying good practice in partnership and strengthening regional networks. An issue of Euro.Scout.Doc is under preparation to present the main conclusions of the symposium. The European Scout Region is very grateful to the Scouts of Slovenia for their warm hospitality and excellent organisation of this event.

European Scout Plan 1999-2007 under review

The European Scout Plan is a living document which will evolve gradually as feedback is received from national Scout associations. The first review took place during the Symposium. Participants analysed the actions taken so far and made proposals for future action. These proposals will be considered by the European Scout Committee and will be included in the next issue of Committee Update.

Strengthening partnerships in south eastern Europe

Here we give a brief outline of areas in which Scout associations in south eastern Europe would like partnerships. We encourage you to contact their international commissioners directly to plan joint initiatives. We remind you that contact details can be found in the World Scouting Directory (last updated in November 1999 and distributed via Scoutpak).

The Albanian Scouts (Besa Skaut Albania) are planning a campaign called "Farewell to Arms" to encourage people to hand in their weapons and promote peace. They are also planning a jamboree in summer 2000. Advice and support would be very welcome. Contact:

Scouts in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Savez Izvidaca Federacije Bosne I Hercegovine and Savez Izvidaca Republike Srpske) would much appreciate contacts and youth exchanges with Scouts in other countries. Foreign guests will be especially welcome at their summer camps in July. Contact:

The Bulgarian Scouts (Organizatsia Na Bulgarskite Skauty) have recently started developing a new youth programme using RAP and would like to design a new training scheme. Assistance with both tasks would be very welcome. Contact:

The Scouts of Croatia (Savez izvidaca Hrvatske) are organising a "Mines Clean-Up" campaign and would like partners to assist in lobbying and fund-raising. They are also organising a round-table on the role of Scouting in youth development and expert input from other countries is welcome. Please also consider helping to organise their first national jamboree in 2001. Contact:

Scouts in Macedonia FYRO (Sojuz na Izvidnici na Makedonija) have chosen training and communication as their priorities for this year. Help in organising leader training courses and setting up a communication centre would be most appreciated. Contact:

Romanian Scouts (Cercetasii României) are busy designing a new youth programme using RAP and a new training system and are keen to share ideas. Advice on marketing and fund-raising would also be useful. Contact:

The Scouts of Yugoslavia (Savez Izvidjaca Jugoslavije) want to strengthen the international dimension of their youth programme and help young people to overcome barriers and prejudices, to travel and meet young people from other countries. They are also planning "Children for the Future" summer camps for refugees and displaced children and would appreciate partnerships. Contact: ztbginv@eunet.yu

EuroTrain to feature in our Special EuroFax Supplement

EuroTrain will enable Scout leaders from all over Europe to take part in training courses in other countries. You can develop your leadership and personal skills, broaden your experience, brush up on your foreign languages, make new friends and perhaps even doing a bit of travelling. During 2000, there are 28 training opportunities in 6 countries. For details, see this month’s special EuroFax supplement and the regional web site:

"Character Development" on The Green Island

This month, you can join Ewa, Vladimir and friends as they discuss whether "character development" is still a relevant concept for the new millenium! Read the parable of the rocket, which illustrates how the life of an individual can be compared with a rocket. Discover why our role as educators is to help each girl and boy to pilot his or her own rocket. Chapter 8 of the Green Island can now be downloaded from our web site:

Kandersteg to host 3rd European Management Seminar

The Management Seminar focuses on the general management of national Scout associations. This year’s seminar will be held at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre from 3-9 March. The programme will include setting strategic priorities, planning and implementing action plans, marketing, public relations, contact with European institutions and financial management. Participants should be newly appointed top managers (both volunteer and professional) of national associations. The programme caters equally for newly established and well established associations. The invitation and registration form were in December’s EuroPak.

Informal Networks to meet in Portugal

The next meeting of the Overture and North-South Networks will be held near Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by the Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal. The Overture Network will meet from 16-19 March to compare approaches to managing diversity within national associations and discuss proposals from the Mission of Scouting Symposium. The North-South Network will meet from 17-19 March to discuss how to prepare young people and leaders to travel abroad, how to make use of young people’s experience when they return from a project, and how best to prepare to host young people from the south. Everybody is welcome. The participation fee is PTE 16,000. For invitations contact Nuno Pintão, international commissioner AEP:

World Scout Parliamentary Union to meet in Poland

The 3rd WSPU General Assembly will be held in Warsaw from 23-38 August 2000. The fact that this important meeting is taking place in Europe for the first time (hosted by our member organisation ZHP) should encourage all European Scout associations to send participants. We advise you to identify parliamentarians who have links with Scouting, possibly former Scouts or friends of Scouting, and invite them to attend. Please note that national parliaments usually have budgets for such activities and national associations are not expected to cover expenses. Experience shows that such meetings enable parliamentarians to meet their counterparts from all over the world and to discover the international scope and enormous potential of Scouting. As a result, they return home keen to support the Movement. Information was sent out in ScoutPak. Contact Piotr Borys, international commissioner ZHP:

European Scout Parliamentary Club planned

The European Scout Committee requests all European Scout associations to identify members of the European Parliament who have with links with Scouting, in order to create a European Scout Parliamentary Club. This could be a very useful way of supporting our lobbying action within the European Union. Please send any information to David Bull:

European Scout Regional Fees due

The ESR annual registration fees are now due for the period 1 October 1999 – 31 September 2000. We would much appreciate early payment of the fees to alleviate cash flow problems. Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Blaise at the European Scout Office:

What’s on in 2000?

We apologise that, due to lack of space, we are unable to use EuroFax to promote the numerous events organised by national Scout associations in 2000. We have chosen to give priority to European and world events. We recommend that you consult "Forthcoming International Events 2000-2007", published by the World Scout Bureau in May and December every year. The list of events and an application form, to be completed if you wish to promote an event, are sent out in ScoutPak. It can also be downloaded from:

Deadline Check-list

Note: most seminar invitations and application forms are available on the ESR web site.

EuroTrain 2000 special supplement

EuroTrain is a new project launched by the European Scout Region. It is still in its pilot phase, but it will hopefully be developed further over the coming years. The success of EuroTrain depends on the training opportunities offered by national Scout associations to Scout leaders from other countries. This first year, there are 28 training opportunities offered in 6 countries. Summaries are provided below. The EuroTrain booklet will be distributed this month and put on the European Scout Region’s web site:


Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Österreichs

Aufbauseminar für WIWÜ (Advanced training for Brownie and Cub Scout leaders)
This seminar will offer a deeper understanding of Guiding and Scouting, responsible leadership, the connection between the different age sections, psychology, planning activities based on educational objectives for the Brownie and Cub Scout section. Religious experience will be offered.

Einsteigsseminar (Introductory seminar)
This introductory seminar is offered before or at the beginning of work as a leader (first part of the regular training schedule). We expect participants to be at least 17 years old and to be concerned with the law and promise as well as principles, structure and leader training of PPÖ. Religious experience will be offered.

Grundlagsseminar für GUSP (Basic training for Guide and Scout leaders)
The basic training for the second age section is part of the regular training schedule. This seminar will address:

Trainer seminar
This seminar will offer systematic seminar planning and team management as well as methods, structure, administration and documentation of seminars. Religious experiences will be offered.

Weiterbildungsseminar für TrainerInnen (Training for trainers)
This seminar will offer different aspects of leadership/management.

Woodbadgekurs 2000 (Woodbadge training 2000)
"Woodbadgekurs" is the last of 4 levels of leader training in Austrian Guiding and Scouting. As the start, basic and advanced training courses deal with the aims of Guiding/Scouting, what one can do with children/adolescents and how we use the Scout and Guide methods best, the woodbadge training is about why we use the Scout and Guide methods.
The main topics of this seminar are communication training, self-experience, group-dynamics, understanding the educational goals of the Scout and Guide movements as well as a socio-political subject and inter-regional exchange of experiences. The participants live in small groups of about 8 leaders of different sections (4 youth sections and group leaders). They cook together and work on the motto of the seminar. In the mornings and afternoons each section meets for age section work.
In November there will be a weekend to exchange of what has „grown out" of the seminar.


Fédération des Scouts Catholiques

Dynamise a team
The following themes will be covered to enable you to gain plenty of ideas and tools to manage your leader team: sharing tasks within the team; motivating the team; identifying personal resources; effective communication (life in the region, the movement, decisions of the federal council, …); welcoming new leaders into the team; support and feedback on the first steps as a leader.

Manage your job in the association
As a member of the support structure, a member of the professional staff represents our Movement among local leaders and various local partners. His or her role is to support Scout leaders and help them improve the quality of their leadership, to propose new tools, etc. This course focuses on two themes: how to achieve a balance between the needs of the Movement and one’s own needs?; how to analyse one’s environment, its strengths and weaknesses, in order to develop a relevant action plan.

Conflict management and interventions in groups
As part of his or her role of supporting programme implementation, a staff member often has to intervene as a mediator in conflicts. The aim of this course is to discover and use the concepts and tools needed to intervene in common conflicts. Conflicts will be approached from the interpersonal, group and institutional angle. Exercises will be based on real cases experienced within local units or during training.

Develop a training module
The aim of this course is to learn how to develop and run a training for trainers module. Everything relating to preparing and running the module is included.


The Guides and Scouts of Finland

Trainer’s training course for district commissioners
Aim of the course:

Objectives: at the end of the seminar each participant will be able to:


Les Scouts de France

The CHAM is a training course which aims to develop skills to run a Scout troop and develop Scouting at local level. By the end of the course, you will be able to:

The STAF is a course which aims to prepare leaders to implement youth programmes and manage training courses. It will enable each participant to:

International training course for trainers which is run every two years. In 2000, it will be held in French and English with simultaneous interpreting.
Approach used: the course will adopt an international approach, in order to provide a broad perspective, and it will aim to develop the necessary skills to prepare a plan for leader training and the management of adult resources in a specific area.
The STIF may be considered a laboratory to experiment with new ideas rather than a conventional training course.
Considerable time will be devoted to preparing a personal project.
Profile of participants: National commissioners in charge of adult resources/training/youth programme; experienced regional commissioners.

Les Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs de France

Scout camp manager’s training course
This training course is designed for people aged at least 19 who have a basic knowledge of Scouting and experience of working with youth groups.
The course lasts 9 days and prepares participants for the various functions of troop leader or camp manager: designing a camp or annual programme; managing a leader team; technical, administrative and financial management; responsibility and security during activities.


Scouting Ireland CSI

Basic training for trainers
The aim of this course is to introduce prospective trainers to the principles of adult learning in a Scouting content. The objectives are to:

This course leads to a two weekend course where prospective trainers are introduced to a variety of training techniques and methods. They are given hands-on experience and the opportunity to present a session to a safe audience and to give and receive critique.

You the leader
At the end of this training course you will have had modules on: teamwork, leadership, meetings, the needs of young people, the spiritual dimension, child-centred awareness.


Savez Izvidaca Jugoslavije

Seminar za instruktore prvog stepena
Information to follow.

Seminar zy instruktore drugog stepena
Information to follow.


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