How to continue the Euromoot?

How to continue the Euromoot?

 

Thibault van den Bossche

 

Euromoot 2019 is the meeting of 5,000 rovers and rangers of Europe, from more than 20 various countries, around Pope Francis. Among the most represented are Italy (2,500 participants), France (840) and Poland (450). The international dimension of the gathering was not limited to Europe. Indeed, some units made the trip from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, the United States and Kamchatka (eastern end of Russia): a beautiful illustration of the Scout brotherhood, which knows no borders. In order to give meeting opportunities, the units were “twinned” with units from other countries. They shared their walk, their meals, their vigils on their way to Rome during seven days. In actual terms, how did this encounter of cultures take place?

Inevitably, some characteristic clichés quickly emerged: “French girls sing all the time”, “Italians cook well”, “Poles are very nice”. The Italians discovered the French campfires, made up of songs, games and sketches. They were also impressed by the pace of the Poles’ hiking. English quickly established itself as the essential language for communications. But each one was able to learn a few words in the other’s language. “Macchina! Samochód! Un auto! “, shouted the rovers of a twinned clan made of Italians, Poles and Argentines, when a car approached.

Once Euromoot is over, once the units are dispersed, what will happen to the wrought bonds? How can the spirit of brotherhood be maintained? Of course, email addresses, phone numbers, contacts on social media were shared. There is no shortage of resources. A camp, a road, or even a vacation abroad will potentially be easier to organise starting from now. We are inviting one another: “When you come back to Italy, you know that my home is your home,” Giacomo insists to his Polish friend. A group of Euromoot alumni could be set up for upcoming major events such as the WYD. What if you organise post-Euromoot week-ends in another country, together with your twinned units?

Many plan to send postcards to one another during their coming camps or routes. Two Polish and Italian rovers, Chris and Andrea, who are also troop leaders, are already thinking of organising a twinned camp with both their troops. Claire had a disposable camera with her. Funny idea in the digital age? “I will have to develop my photos, instead of storing them on my computer and forgetting them. I also collected the postal addresses of those I met along the way, and promised to send them pictures,” explains this guide from the inter-leader fire of Lausanne (Switzerland). 

Euromoot was an opportunity for rich meetings, particularly within the twinned units. It is up to each of us to give them meaning over time, and to fully live the Scout brotherhood… currently and in the future!

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