Opening op de markt
Standard clothing these days, pretty nice!
Heute ham wir Grillfest, ach freu
ich mich da drauf^^ Aber hier iiste es ein wenig bewölkt. Hoffen auf besseres Wetter:)
Today is a barbecue of our local scout group. I look foward to this.:) but the weather is not the best:(
Changed my knot with a south african Scout. I always wanted to do something like that. Now I have a thing that will remind me of this evening everytime I wear my scouting uniform.
I did a thing
A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget.
About 10 days into the trip, an innocent action by one of the nearly two dozen Scouts at the Canadian border into Alaska set off a chain of events that lead to a U.S. border official pointing a gun at a scout’s head.
Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.
Fox said one of the Scouts took a picture of a border official, which spurred agents to detain everyone in that van and search them and their belongings.
“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox said.
Fox said he was told it is a federal offense to take a picture of a federal agent.
Not wanting things to escalate, Fox said he did not complain.
Another of the Scouts was taking luggage from the top of a van to be searched when something startling happened.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox explained.
Fox said that had them all in fear.
Resultados da campanha levada a cabo pelos Caminheiros participantes no ACAREG 2010 a favor da Operação Nariz
How far have you travelled for work or school before? Getting outside of your comfort zone can be something big. Havlegender (http://havlegender.tumblr.com/) has recently relocated to the United Kingdom for her studies, but has done many years of Scouting in her homeland of Germany. In the coming weeks she’s looking to join a local group, but we caught up with her to learn more about her time in Germany, and what Scouting and Guiding are like over there!
(No road is long with good company!)
Dragged along to a Cub Scout meeting by her friend about 9-10 years ago, it “was love at first sight, so almost a decade later (she’s) still in Scouts”. Scouting and Guiding are the same organisation in Germany, as they are in many other European nations. Although she has a big Scouting family, her family back home aren’t involved in scouting at all – meaning that there’s no one to talk about the recent camp or activities with.
At Havlegender’s Guiding and Scouting Organisation, the age groups are:
- Wölflinge (Cub Scouts) - ages 7 to 11,
- Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder (Guides and Scouts) - ages 12 to 16,
- Ranger und Rover (Ranger Guides and Rover Scouts) - ages 16 to 25, and
- Erwachsene (adults called ‘Owls’) - ages 25 and older – for those not yet ready to let go of Scouting.
· ScScouting and Guiding in Germany is so big that there are roughly 150 organisations of different Scouts and Guides, including international units from the Netherlands, Hungary, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Aside from being a Rover, Havlegender is also a Wölflinge Leader.
RSP: How do you enjoy being a Leader?
Havlegender: I love it! I really enjoy working with kids, so Leading is so much fun to me!
RSP: What do you prefer - Leading or Rovering, and why?
Havlegender: I really can’t say which I prefer though; because as much as I love my Cubs, every now and then just being a Rover and not having to watch kids feels like heaven on earth!
One point that came up was how German Scouting has been greatly influenced by the German Youth Movement during the Second World War.
RSP: When you say ‘German Youth Movement’ and history with WWII, I immediately think of Hitler Youth - as a result of the documentaries that I’ve seen on Government-funded television networks in Australia. Is that a fair thing to think, or am I completely wrong?
Havlegender: I think (Scouts) itself isn’t wrong, because we can’t pretend that when the Hitler Youth came up all German Scouts had nothing to do with it. Some Scout groups at the time dissolved but of course, others were integrated into the HY. So I reckon denying any connection between those two organizations would be wrong (after all, the concept of the Hitler Youth was modelled after Scouting, did you know that?) but we put a lot of effort into educating our kids (and leaders of course) about it and have a zero-tolerance no-Nazis policy.”
When it comes to Rovers, Havlegender’s Crew catch up once a month in uniform at least, and go kayaking, ice skating, barbequing – everything that Rovers everywhere get up to.
“Service is important and encouraged but it’s also very “each to the best of their ability” and also to how much time they have. (To me,) service is everything! It’s important enough to make me do stuff when I should be in bed to get rid of, say, the flu or whatever.”
While Scouting is similar all around the world, Havlegender has been disturbed by the use of plastic tents in Scouts UK.
“Our smallest canvas tents are made up of four parts, each of those parts can make a 1-person tent so we just put those in our backpacks, grab some rope and some tent pegs and voila! you have a 1-person tent!”
Good luck with your studies Havlegender!
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Ich will, im Vertrauen auf Gottes Hilfe,
nach den Regeln der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder
mit Euch leben.
With confidence in God’s help,
I promise to live with you
in accordance with the Guide and Scout Law.
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A little background information: Havlegender is a member of Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder(The Union of Guides and Scouts), founded in 1976. BdP are, in turn, affiliated with WOSM and WAGGGS – along with 4 other organisations. There are many other Scouting and Guiding organisations in Germany who are affiliated to different NGOs, religious, and sporting organisations, but who all have a common goal of empowering youth.
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