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Odysseus 14 Hellos

Odysseus 14 Hellos

New team, new winds! A big welcome to the Odysseus 14 team. We would like for you to get the chance to get to know us a little better. 

 

Thaïsa Van Speybroek (Chair) – Belgium

Hello! I’m Thaïsa (aka Seal) and I’m very happy to be a second-rounder at the Odysseus team. For people who don’t know me yet: I’ve been a member, leader, rowing and sailing trainer, board member and chair of Sea Scouting in Belgium (FOS Open Scouting). I’ve also been an International Commissioner for a while, but my heart has always been with Sea Scouting. That’s why I now fully commit my Scouting time to the Odysseus team and I won’t have many other Scouting commitments aside from giving a workshop here and there in the next two years. I’m hoping we can deliver a great Eurosea edition in Greece and connect and inspire as many Sea Scouts as possible in the mean time!

 

Jan Mrkos (Anchorman) – Czech Republic

Jan is a leader of a growing pack of cub scouts in Prague. He likes to go white water rafting with the scouts from his group. One day, he wants to go sailing for more than one day. Outside of scouting, Jan is a student working on his Ph.D. that has to do with electric vehicles. In the two years to come, he is very much looking forward to working with the other members of the Odysseus group

 

Asta Kederytė – Lithuania

Asta is head chief of Sea scouts in Lithuanian Scouting organization. Working with a team of wonderful sea scouts to create an adventurous and interesting sea scouting experience for our members, also to make sure that we prosper and grow.

Furthermore, Asta is a member of Ethics Committee in Lithuanian Scouting organization to keep an eye on those scouts who do not behave in accordance with our ethics, values and morals.

 

David Wraight – United Kingdom

Hello my name is David Wraight and I’m pleased to be joining the Odysseus Group to deliver Eurosea 15 and further develop Sea Scouting in Europe. I’ve been an adult in Scouting for 45 years with roles with different age groups, and roles with local and wider responsibilities in the United Kingdom.
Currently I run an Explorer Sea Scout Unit (14-18 years age range), am an international commissioner and have other roles around mountains, water activities, leader training, international camps and international expeditions.
I am enthusiastic about Scouts having great international experiences and look forward to working with the Odysseus Group in developing more opportunities for sea Scouts across Europe to share experiences and learning. 
 
 
Elina Sirkiä – Finland
 
I’m a Finnish Sea Scout living in England. I grew up sailing in the unique archipelago of Turku and around the Baltic Sea where I still skipper yachts and train scouts. Shuttling between two countries has made me see the potential we have in Sea Scouts internationally. In the Odysseus group I want to do my best to build connections to facilitate the sharing of ideas and practice between Sea Scounts across Europe. In two years time I hope we have more collaboration between countries, new international Sea Scout projects and more great experiences in doing things together!

 

Elecrtra Foteinopoulou – Greece

I am in the scout movement since 1995. I was a Scout leader for 5 years, a Venture leader for 2, and now I am a Rover leader. I am also a skipper and skipper instructor. At the moment I am organizing the Greek Contingent Team for the 24th World Scout Jamboree as an assistant leader. I have also participated in two world scout Jamborees and several other international Scouting events.

 

Odysseus 13 Goodbyes

Odysseus 13 Goodbyes

As tradition goes, during the Eurosea event the Odysseus team is elected. During the 13th Eurosea edition in Poland the last Odysseus team was elected. It was an interesting mix of people who were excited to join forces to organise the 14th Eurosea in Barcelona and share ideas along the way. Because of all different kind of reasons 5 out of 6 chose to not to stand for election again. Once again a big thank you to every single one of them to put in the effort they saw themselves possible to support European Sea Scouting. 

Kristine

As far as goals go, I am very happy about us opening up to non-sea scouts so that more people can enjoy water activities. Professionally I will take some lessons learned from working in an international team for two years seated across different boarders. Last but not least I am very glad to have been part of planning a successful Eurosea in Barcelona. Thanks to the entire team for making it happen!

Ernst-Jan

During my time as an Odysseus member I got lots of energy out of being part of this team. Together we created some nice ideas, created a great project and we had a good time. In short, the brand new 13th Eurosea Odysseus Group that started out in Poland truly became my friends on the way to Barcelona.

Werner

I loved working with a very kind and professional team. I learned a lot, and experienced so many intercultural topics. But most of all it was great being part of the team developing and designing an international seminar in Sea Scouting and seeing a great outcome.

Laura

These two years have been both long and short. It has been a brand new experience that was worth all the hard effort we have put into it. It all began with joy and inspiration and ended with pride and satisfaction. I will remember this period for long time and hopefully it makes a difference in Sea Scouting in Catalonia. But, of course, it  won’t end here. I wish the new Odysseus all the good and strength to carry on this wonderful lifestyle that we all get to experience. 

Wiktor

The past two years have passed unexpectedly quickly. It is good to work in an international team and still discover similarities and differences. Odysseus 13 is a very warm and cordial team. I am glad that my memory and accumulated experience from several previous Euroseas and sea scouting actions were useful. Since the last seminar many things have changed in my volunteering in sailing and sea scouting, I have more national responsibilities and that is why I’m hesitant.

Thaïsa

Even though this is not my final goodbye to Odysseus, this is my final goodbye to the 13 team. Meeting with this team was an inspiring moment every single time. The ideas we came up with as individuals became better when talking to the team. And even in my most difficult of times, they never gave up on me as being a part of the team. I’m insanely grateful to having been part of this team and taking many great memories with me. 

 

Eurosea Behind the Scenes – Preparation Meeting

Eurosea Behind the Scenes – Preparation Meeting

You might not be very familiar with the behind-the-scenes of organizing the Eurosea event. So we’re writing a series on it! 

As you might have seen on facebook, the Odysseus Group has been to Barcelona. No, we did not just eat tapas and drink cava. In between all the food and a few relaxing activities (sometimes also including food) we worked very hard on Eurosea and other future projects.

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The New Look of the European Seascouting Website

The New Look of the European Seascouting Website

Hello dear Sea Scout,

Welcome to our renewed website! The Odysseus Group had a preparation meeting in Barcelona for Eurosea in 2018. One of the topics on our agenda has been a new communication strategy. Part of that strategy was updating the website to a more modern lay out. We said goodbye to the old look and feel, and welcome the new one.

Besides the info on the Eurosea, the old Euronauts, and a contact page for you to get in touch with the Odysseus Group, we are also introducing a couple of new features.

The Euronaut is a new concept. Every couple of weeks someone will have written an interesting blog post on Sea Scouting in Europe. Who knows, it might have been you?! Those blog posts will be available to read, right here. We will also post the link on facebook so you can easily get to it 😉 Are you not a big fan of facebook, but don’t want to miss any of the news? Subscribe to the newsletter and every couple of months you will get a summary of all blog posts that have appeared right in your mailbox!

If you want to share something with European Sea Scouts, that is awesome! Did you make an aftermovie of your summer camp? Do you want to tell us about Sea Scouting in your country? Did one of your members attend a training? Or want to make a training on Sea Scouting Safety? Anything and everything that has anything to do with Sea Scouting in Europe is great news! Please, send us an e-mail or a message through the contact page and we will be happy to share it with everybody. Members can write in their own language, that will be posted as well, if someone else can translate it into English. Add some cool pictures. And if you don’t mind, we will check for English grammar and spelling and… HOPPA, your own personal article will be published!

We will also start to build an “water activities wiki” where we will collect water activities of all kinds for you to get inspired. Did you create an activity that was a total hit in your group? Please share it with us and we’ll share it with all of Europe, right here on this website. Of course all of the credit will go to you! We’re just share, because we care.

We have a lot more inspiration to make this web place the best online hangout for European Sea Scouts, but we will add that in the future 😉

If you have any suggestions to make this website better, in any way, let me know in a comment below, shoot me an e-mail or send me a message on facebook.

Good winds,

Thaïsa