Category: Camps

Bethlehem Light of Peace, passed along by the sails of Zawisza Czarny

Bethlehem Light of Peace, passed along by the sails of Zawisza Czarny

Hey! This year, at Eurosea 14, I had the opportunity to make a short presentation about how Polish scouts sail in the winter on s/y Zawisza Czarny in the Baltic Sea. How we share the Bethlehem Light of Peace, its symbolism and what it means to us. Many people have asked about this presentation, therefore I make it available – as I promised. See you under Zawisza’s sails! [By Kamil Swyjkowski, Poland]

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Esprit Scout – Scouting Spirit on an off shore race boat

Esprit Scout – Scouting Spirit on an off shore race boat

This is the story of three guys who were sea scouts wanted to buy an off shore racing boat. And so they did. They were passionate about the idea of participating off shore races. Together they bought a Class 40 and since they have participated is numerous big races. Just to mention, they’ve already crossed the Atlantic ocean four times.

The name of the boat is ‘Esprit Scout’ (in French), which translates in English as ‘Scouting Spirit’. You can dream big and have many ideas, but being a Scout gives you the opportunity to turn those dreams into plans and eventually make them reality! The project has become reality thanks to a big community, because the Scouting Spirit brings the community together.

Once a Scout, always a Scout. The sailors want to share the experience of sailing a racing off shore boat with other Scouts and the entire Scouting community. One thing you definitely have to do on an off shore race is work hard as a team to have a good race and ensure safety in an adventurous environment. 

There’s a couple of facts about Esprit Scout you’d like to know:

  • One of the sailors has been an Eurosea participant! 
  • The projects is supported by WOSM. That’s why the WOSM logo is shown on the side of the boat. 
  • In honor of that Scouting Spirit have they have made a purple spinakker.
  • Last year the boat has been sailing a lot in the Carribean, USA and Canada, where the crew has met meany scouts. 

The project is open to anyone who wants to experience off shore racing, both scouts and non-scouts. For now the last race will be in November 2018. But the team is open to continue when interest is shown. Which means that if you would like to go sailing with your Scout troop, you can surely contact the team! The ship can be a way of bringing people together, so anyone who would like to organize an international exchange program – this is definitely one way to do it!

There’s several ways you can be part of Esprit Scout: the most important one is to go sail it and experience an unique way of sea scouting. Further you can financially help sponsor the races: in stead of big sponsors the sailors have chosen to make the entire community part of the team. Every small contribution makes you part of the team. 

More information on this project can be found in https://issuu.com/aabsclass40/docs/4-pages-web-en-v1 (article in English) and through the website www.81class40.fr (in French, but google translate can help you out). If there are any extra questions or propositions you can contact the team at 81espritscout@gmail.com

Last but not least: if you want to follow Esprit Scout and their latest adventures, please like the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/81Class40/ By liking the page, you also help to spread the project to your friends and family and give them an opportunity to experience Scouting Spirit in off shore racing.

#EverydayAdventures from 1st Cuddington (Warspite) in the UK

#EverydayAdventures from 1st Cuddington (Warspite) in the UK

Hello everybody!

Richard sent us this great video from 1st Cuddington (Warspite) in the UK. He thought it might be interesting to share a little about our 2017, and our end of year video – so do we! Here’s the message they would like to share:

1st Cuddington is a UK Sea Scout Group of around 130 young people in the South of the UK. As their home Base is in an area without water, we have a separate boating base.

It has been an amazing year with lots of challenge and loads of everyday adventure. From cartwheeling Cubs to Boating Beaver & from Sailing Scouts to Explorers exploring Portsmouth Harbour – it has been a busy year on and off the water for the Group.

Whilst highlights could include winning the a number of trophies at the National Rowing regatta and a fantastic Royal navy review, it is the #everydayadventures that underpin what we do. 

As always, the thanks go to the team of volunteers – both in front of sections and behind the scenes.

Now please feel free to settle back and enjoy some highlights of 2017.

Thank you for sharing, Richard!

Welcome Home – Austrian Jamboree 2018

Welcome Home – Austrian Jamboree 2018

Every now and then I get a request to share an invitation with you. Since it’s our mission to connect (Sea) Scouts of Europe, we will gladly share invitations to events that connect to that mission. Today we share the invitation of HOME 2018, an International Jamboree organised by the Upper Austrian Scouts. 

Would you like to invite Sea Scouts of Europe to your own national Jamboree? Let us know through the contact form or any other way you like to contact us and we will help you spreading the message. 

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