|Scout Scoop, an International Scouting Venture
||[Nov. 20th, 2006|11:00 pm]
Hello. My name is Mike. I am an assistant scoutmaster in Troop 8 of Manchester, CT. I was recently approached by a scouting friend via email with regards to an international scouting program, and this is what this post is about.|
Every year, during the Christmas/New Year's vacation the scouts of Denmark host an event called Scout Scoop. This event is an international scouting venture, with the purpose of scouts from around the world to meet each other, share in the scouting experience, and enjoy the culture of Denmark. The program is designed for those 15-18 years old, and is open to any scout.
I went to Scout Scoop as a youth participant during the 2001/2002 break. During this venture I camped out in a barn in the middle of Denmark, I experienced the local culture, as well as the cultures of several other nations represented by scouts. At the end of the program I traveled to Copenhagen with a scout I met at the program, and had a "homestay" with him and his family for a weekend before I traveled home.
It is truly a great experience to enjoy scouting with those from around the world, and the friendships made can last a lifetime. This past summer, when I traveled to Germany for the World Cup, I was fortunate enough to meet the friends I made 4 years earlier, who I had only communicated with via email with previously.
This year, the program will run from December 27 to January 1, with a homestay for as short or long as a scout would like. It will occur at the Houens Odde Scout Center in Jutland, Denmark. While those who may be interested have little more than a month to plan, I apologize, but one of the leaders, who is a close friend I met while at the program, is doing everything she can to get more international scouts to attend, currently there are only two attending.
The website is http://www2.spejdernet.dk/scoutscoop/?i=invi
The danish scouts are very accommodating and will assist you in any way possible. If you are interested in attending, or know someone who would like to attend, please contact the Danish scouts or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I hope at least one American scout can make the trip.