Odysseus Group History

Odysseus Group History

Odysseus Group was set up by the European Region in 1996. It was the idea of Dominique Benard, European Regional Executive at the time. He asked a few interested people to form a small informal group to support the development of Sea Scouting in Europe.

Very little money was available to Odysseus, and it was not possible to have more than one meeting per year. The first meeting was in 1996 in Brussels at the Regional Office, and the second meeting was at Eurosea 5, Oslo, Norway in 1997.

The Polish Scout Association requested help in organizing the program for Eurosea 6 in 2000. Odysseus Group became the de facto program committee for that Seminar, and also prepared the first report on Sea Scouting in Europe for presentation at the seminar at Eurosea 6.

Odysseus had an informal meeting at Warsaw Airport after Eurosea, and it was under the clear impression that Odysseus would be asked to provide some input into Eurosea 7, as that was generally perceived to be the way that Odysseus might go in the future. It was acting as a rolling advisory group with a changing membership providing help and advice to the next Eurosea, using lessons learned at previous Euroseas, and at the same time collect and distribute useful information for Sea Scouts in Europe.


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Odysseus 14

Odysseus 13 (2016 – 2018)

Odysseus 12


Odysseus 11 

Nuno Jacinto (Chairman; Portugal)
Kris Bauters (Vice Chairman; Belgium)
Satu Raudasoja (Communications; Finland)
Ernst-Jan Jacobsen (Website; The Netherlands)
Ondrej Odokienko (Ambassadors network; Slovenia,)
Benoit Leduc (France)

Odysseus 6 (2000 – 2003)

Eoghan Lavelle (Ireland)
João Armando Gonçalves (Portugal)
Maarten Velthoen (Netherlands)
Costas Tsantilis (Greece, World Scout Committee)
Jacqueline Collier (World Scout Bureau)

Odysseus 5 (1997 – 2000)

Eric Knockenhauer (Sweden)
Waldemar Mieczkowski (Poland)