30 July

"Dear young people, answer generously to Jesus Christ’s call
who invites you to « put out into deep water » and to become his witnesses.
You will discover the trust that Christ puts in you to invent a future with him.
In order to be accomplished, this mission entrusted to you by the Church
first requires cultivating an authentic life of prayer, nourished
by the sacraments, especially by Eucharist and Reconciliation. 
"

Church is our first homeland – Interview to FNE rovers, by Jean Huot

“We are here to learn about the red branch and to serve our Lord first, following the Catholic scouting method.”

Mike is coming from New Mexico with other rovers from North America (the states of Colorado, California, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Canada).

After a long, long journey they arrived in Rome and spent a day to visit the town,with so many things to see, that  they will continue their visit after Euromoot with a longer stay before going back home.

His Clan is twinned with an Italian, a French and a Polish clan. Of course, it is not so easy to communicate, but using the knowledge of Spanish by the Italian leader and of English by the French leader enabled relationships between the clans. And with brotherhood all works well!

Euromoot starts in Monte Cassino and goes on to Casamari, where the rain is a strong challenge for everybody.

The FNE scout association is a young one. Just a few years ago, some boys reached the age when they have to leave the troop and start a new adventure at the clan. The FNE association considered the European experience where they found  a red branch dedicated not only to keep on training the leaders, but also to coach young boys at a strong moment of their lives.

As an experience for the green branch, the FNE received in 2018 four Scouts of Europe from France to share scouting practices during a camp. Following this experience, taking part in the Euromoot was perceived as a good initiative by Mike, as this should be a time to learn from other associations by living a common adventure. The next step is now for the FNE red branch to build the programme for the clans combining what they are learning from Euromoot, while taking into account the particularities of the USA in scouting.

Scouting in the USA is not generally connected to faith. Faith is important for people in the USA, and so is scouting (see the fundamentals of the US Constitution) but in practice a strong separation is made between these two items. FNE is seeking for a better integration between faith and pedagogy, insisting on the Catholic faith. Mike explains: “Christ is the most important point in scouting for FNE”.

Mike and his rovers are here to gather some knowledge about the spirit of the road. He wants to take care of the red branch seed for FNE and Euromoot is a way to achieve this goal!

They are learning a lot about Monte Cassino: on the one hand, it is the place where the Benedictine Rule has been written, so it is well-known to be an oasis of peace and prayers. And on the other hand, it has a pretty violent history, not actually during the last world war, but for the foundation of the monastery.  Mike insists on the treasures we have in Europe with the various monuments, which are spread everywhere in towns or small villages, exhibiting the real proof of faith throughout the centuries.

Mike and the FNE rovers are eager to meet the Pope in Rome on Saturday as a sign of our unity with the Church.

As Mike says “Church is our first homeland”

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Mike is still happy to learn about the red branch. You speak English or Spanish, so do not hesitate to share with him.

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