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Eurosea 3 Seminar 1992: Vässarö, Sweden

Eurosea 3 Seminar 1992: Vässarö, Sweden

A summary of Eurosea 3
Recommendations arising from the seminar

Basic Boat Safety Guidelines
All on board must be able to swim
All on board should wear lifejackets
All on board should have adequate clothing
Each Boat must be seaworthy for the area in which it sails, and should be inspected
Boat equipment must be adequate. A proper checklist should be available
Each boat must be in the charge of a competent person
Before going afloat, the person in charge should consider:
the strength and experience of the crew
the type of boat
the weather conditions, existing and forecast
the local conditions
and should inform someone about departure, routing, arrival and crew details
The crew must follow the directions of the person in charge
The boat must be properly conducted under all circumstances
The person in charge should be always alert and able to manage the crew and the craft in a safe way
In the event of a capsize always stay with the boat

Eurosea 3 Conference 2-7 June 1992: Vässarö, Sweden Summary

Eurosea 3 Conference 2-7 June 1992: Vässarö, Sweden Summary

This Seminar was not organised directly by the European Region but by a planning committee appointed by the Region – Erik Knockenhauer (SSF), director of Vässarö, Alain Canavié (Scouts de France), Doris Stockman and Kari-Peter Kiesilainen (Finland) and Eoghan Lavelle (Ireland). The Seminar took place on the island of Vässarö at the northern end of the Stockholm Archipelago, owned by the Stockholm Scout District and used for training, camping and water activities. Yrjö Gorski from the European Scout Office attended. There were 33 participants from 20 associations in 14 countries.
Alain Canavié (France) in a presentation on our Common Maritime Tradition, stressed that we should use elements of this tradition in our programme ideas. Discussion Groups then covered the use of traditions and history under the headings of –

Position location – stars, sun dial, wrist watch, compass games, etc
Interest – Models, art, stamps, maritime museums, expedition themes (eg Vikings)
Culture – songs, shanties, ropework and knots
Seamanship – wooden boats, ship’s bell, boatswain’s call, flag etiquette, etc.
Savas Baran (Turkey) presented the Use of Model Boats and Boating in the Sea Scout programme.
European Safety Code for Sea Scouts, drawn up at the 2nd Seminar in Netherlands prompted very lively discussions on water safety and Leaders’ responsibility. The code provides a useful summary of general principles, but must be adapted to local conditions. Participants noted that EC rules could be imposed in the future and that Scout Associations should stay in close contact with their own national boating authorities.

Two updating information sessions were – the new EEC standards for Lifejackets and Buoyancy Aids coming into effect in July 1992 (Eoghan Lavelle, Ireland), and a preview of the changes in Maritime Radio Communications and the introduction of GMDSS from 1992 to 1999 (Antero Hagelberg, Finland). He noted that from this year, every vessel participating in the Tall Ships Race was obliged to carry an EPIRB, and felt that all large Sea Scout vessels should follow suit.

Presenting Actors in Ecology, Alain Canavié noted that the ecological impact of our projects depends on the dialogue between four actors – production structures, public opinion, political structures and scientific understanding. Too often the dialogue is not fruitful because the actors do not play their parts well enough. Alain also spoke on the ecological problems of Modern Fishing. The Environmental Programme of Vässarö was presented by Erik Knockenhauer and the European Blue Flag Scheme by Eoghan Lavelle.

Sea Scouting in a Changing World produced good discussions on teenagers in Sea Scouting. Yrjö Gorski (European Region Office) dealt with the redevelopement of Scouting in Eastern Europe following the collapse of communism, and also gave a summary of the ethnic minority problems in eastern Europe caused by collapse of old empires and redrawing of national boundaries after 2 world wars.

Participants had a sailing session in the small craft used at the island for Scout training, and also participated in a day’s sailing expedition to visit the Maritime Museum and the power station at Oregrund. The International Night and the Scouting Market Place also took place.

On the day of departure, most participants were able to visit the Vasa Museum in Stockholm before going to the airport.

Eurosea 2 Seminar 1988: Harderhaven, Netherlands

Eurosea 2 Seminar 1988: Harderhaven, Netherlands

A summary of Eurosea 2

Recommendations arising from the seminar

Standard Sea Scout Boats

We cannot recommend that there should be a single Standard Boat for Sea Scouting throughout Europe

  • However, we can recommend that there should be standardisation of the types of boats we use e.g.,
    • a patrol boat
    • a small boat for younger Scouts and elementary training
    • a larger boat for 16-20 year olds (concept to be developed)
  • Each country must develop designs according to local needs. Perhaps designs may emerge in the future which could be suitable internationally
Eurosea 2 Conference 8-12 June 1988: Harderhaven, Netherlands Summary

Eurosea 2 Conference 8-12 June 1988: Harderhaven, Netherlands Summary

This Seminar was organised directly by the European Region. The planning committee included Patrick McLoughlin, European Scout Region Executive, Gert-Jan Bijning and Hermien Bos (Scouting Nederland), Costas Tsantilis (Greece), and Doris Stockman (Finland). The venue was the Sailing School of Scouting Nederland at Harderhaven, Flevoland. The buildings of the Sailing School were used for the sessions, and accomodation was provided in 3 large barges which are floating headquarters for Dutch Sea Scout Groups. There were 58 participants from 24 associations in 17 countries.
Arrangements were made for the participants travelling from the various countries to assemble in their own time at the Amsterdam Maritime Museum. Most arrived early enough to visit this magnificent museum before having a meal in the restaurant and then travelling by bus to the sailing centre.

This seminar followed the general pattern of the previous one, but took some of the discussions further. Detailed presentations on the Netherlands Water Safety Rules and leaders’ Boating Qualifications lead to general discussions on basic boating and water safety measures. A small committee was set up to enquire further into this to see if a common set of basic safety rules could be recommended for Sea Scouting throughout Europe, particularly for associations seeking advice to start Sea Scouting. This committee drew up some suggestions for further discussion and it was decided that these should be reconsidered at the next Seminar.

One important factor that emerged from discussions at this seminar was the very wide differences in regulations and laws applied to leisure boating in different countries. It was recognised at the time that the Common Market would probably mean that such regulations would eventually become standard throughout Europe.

Sea Scout Boats: Various types of boats used in European Sea Scouting were presented. Some associations use standard boats, and plans and pictures of these were displayed, studied and commented on. This was followed by lively discussions on the advantages and disadvantages of a European standard craft. Eventually it was decided that a single “European Standard Craft” could not be recommended because of different local traditions and the wide variety of conditions encountered in waters around Europe. However, classification of the general types of craft would be useful. Depending on local circumstances it was felt that Sea Scouting needed

  • a “patrol-size” craft for general activities,
  • a smaller craft for younger Sea Scouts and basic training,
  • a larger boat for Senior/Venture Scouts (suitable for coastal cruising expeditions).

The Finnish Sea Scouts have felt the need for a new sailing dinghy, suitable for basic training for 11-12 year olds, suitable for rowing, steady and unsinkable, able to sail well but not a racer – the main requirements being that it should be simple, cheap and safe. The proposed design excited considerable interest.
Sessions on Sea Scout training and Leader training produced good discussions on the balance to be achieved between the “land” part of Scouting and water activities and skills.

The participants enjoyed a half day practical boating experience using “Lilievlets”, the Dutch Sea Scout standard boat, fabricated in steel. Also a visit was made to a Sea Scout island, where a number of troops have their own campsites and keep their boats. The visiting leaders were more than impressed by the magnificent display of Dutch Sea Scouting. An International Evening and a Scout Market were also part of the programme.

Eurosea 1 Seminar, 1985: Thessaloniki, Greece

Eurosea 1 Seminar, 1985: Thessaloniki, Greece

Seminar Summary

Recommendations arising from the seminar

Associations and the Region should support Sea Scouting
Sea Scouts should be more persuasive in their Associations
Someone in Geneva should be responsible for Sea Scout coordination
Sea Scouts must improve communication with own HQs
Participants should try to send Scouts to each other’s events
Leaders’ Seminars should take place every 2-3 years
The next Seminar should be in Northern Europe
Sea Scouts should share water skills with other Scouts
An international Sea Scout event in the near future
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Eurosea 1 Conference 14-18 September 1985: Thessaloniki, Greece Summary

Eurosea 1 Conference 14-18 September 1985: Thessaloniki, Greece Summary

This Seminar was organised directly by the European Region. The planning committee was Patrick McLoughlin, European Scout Region Executive, Michael Papatheodoulou and Vassilis Kalfopoulos (Soma Hellinon Proskopon), Eoghan Lavelle (Scout Association of Ireland). The venue was the Sea Scout Base just outside Thessaloniki, where all the local Sea Scout Groups maintain their boats. There were 42 participants from 22 associations in 13 countries.
The main aim of the first seminar was to explore the definition of Sea Scouting in the different associations. It was a good exercise to introduce Sea Scout Leaders to each other and for them to discover Sea Scouting in each others’ associations with all the differences in organisation, training, weather and climate, geographical conditions and local practices and traditions. Various topics were presented, followed by discussion groups and plenary report-backs. Sea Scouting in the host country, Greece, was an important item and one half day was devoted to practical sailing in the traditional Sailing craft used by the Greek Sea Scouts.

There were presentations on Training for Adult Leaders, with particular stress on the ways in which leaders were trained and assessed for boating qualifications – eg. Charge Certificates or Certificates of Competence, etc. A presentation on Canoeing was unexpectedly popular because in some countries canoeing was not perceived to be part of Sea Scouting.

The Regional Executive, Patrick McLoughlin, told the Seminar about a new project being considered by the European Committee – a European Water Activities Centre in Spain. He asked the assembled Sea Scout Leaders to consider the possible development of this project, with particular reference to the Water activities programme and the equipment requirements for the centre. After considerable discussion a fairly detailed provisional list of suggestions was made.

Another subject discussed was to appear again on the agendas of later Seminars – the problems of adolescents, and the possibilities or probabilities of retaining adolescents longer with a good sea programme.

The social part of the programme included an International Evening and also a Market Place where each country presented a display of its own Sea Scouting. Some Greek history and culture was also included in a visit to the Museum where the discoveries from the excavation of the Verbena tomb site were displayed. These related to Philip II of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great.

In summary, the participants at the first seminar learned about Sea Scouting in each others countries, and started to think about Sea Scouting in an international context. The most important thing about this seminar was that it took place, and its great success was the unanimous conclusion that it should be repeated regularly. The Sea Scout sections in the various associations have benefited over the years from the exchanges of information and programme ideas, comparisons of craft and the development of personal friendships which have occurred at these seminars.

Ron’s last wish

Ron’s last wish

Title: Ron’s last wish
Location: Øresund
Description: His ash scattering takes place from Vedbaek port on the Øresund;
Ascension Day, Thursday, 9 May at 15:00 HR

Invited are all who knew Ron had a good relationship, made something in sea scouts with him or has helped him or been helped by him. In the family and good friends, incl. contacts in the United Kingdom.
With scout ship Ran (14 seater) and any private and leader vessels, hopefully up to 40 seats, we will sail out of the Sound and forward Ron on the last trip …
Subsequently, a party in the harbor around the Viking house (the south end), which offers little to eat, and a little from the grill while having fun.
This is how Ron wanted it.

There may stay no persons in Ran, and someone in the hut, but not 40 people – remember sleeping bag, etc.

You could have some flowers, to give Ron along on his journey …

You have to comply with the above, also must register to his sons: Marcus or Martin on , if necessary. via a text message.

Registration is therefore a requirement for all – and up to 7 days before.
The Please observe that the arrangement is for close friends, family, past and present (lake) scout leaders with relationships. A possible. Partner should be room for.

On behalf of the Ron’s sons Marcus and Martin,
A group Sea Scout leaders including Finn and Hansi
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-05-09
End Time: 17:00