Über Scouting The World 98 gab es verschiedene Presseberichte in lokalen Zeitungen aus Wisconsin. Im Folgenden sind sie in der Originalsprache abgedruckt. Sollte jemand Lust haben, so würden wir uns über eine Übersetzung freuen!
There were differnt reports on Scouting The World 98 in local Wisconsin Newspapers.
- Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (Monday, July 27, 1998)
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- The News – New Richmond (Thursday, July 30, 1998)
- BSA Today (Vol 3 March / April, 1998)
With each visit, Scouts build closer friendships
Structures of U.S., German programs differ
Jorg Gastel, 29, left, of Germany, sits with his host father, Mike Beranek, 32, of Eau Claire. The two met in 1994 when 18 German Scouts visited the Eau Claire area as part of Scouting the World 1994. This Summer, 24 German Scouts made the trip to the United States to take part in Scouting the World 1998.
— “German Scouting is still suffering froma burden of History.”—
Tim Scott, local troop leader
By Jennifer Chovanec
Jorg Gastel is impressed with Eau Claire’s friendliness, Wisconsin’s countryside and the United States’ freedom. While it’s not his first trip here, he marvels at the sights and sounds of the United States every time.
Gastel is one of 24 German Scouts and leaders visiting the Chippewa Valley this month. The Germans are part of “Stamm Loerick,” a Scout troop from Loerick, Germany, a suburb of Dusseldorf. The Scouts, 18 males and six females, range in age from 16 to 32.
The visit is the third segment of an ongoing exchange program between German and American Scouts. Eighteen German Scouts visited the Eau Claire area the summer of 1994, and 26 American Scouts and leaders visited Germany two years ago. While he concedes the visit has been educational and action-packed, fun is the name of the game for Gastel.
“A lot of things have been interesting,? said Gastel, a scout of 17 years. “Personally, for me, Scout camp was the highlight.” ? Recently, the Scouts spent a week at Phillips Scout Reservation in Haugen. The group then left for a five-day backpacking trip to Wind River Range, Wyo., another event he was excited about.
Now into his third trip to the United States, Gastel is still surprised at how American and German Scouting differs.
“The American Scouting program is very focused to advancement of the different ranks,” he said. “We don’t run on an advancement program.”
German Scouts try to minimize military ritual-like activities, fearing their Scouts will resemble the Hitler Youth of the past when the Nazis took over the Scouts in the 1930s, said organizer Tim Scott. “German Scouting is still suffering from a burden of history,” said Scott, an Eau Claire troop leader who met the group while studying in Germany from 1988-90. “It’s an unfortunate fact of history that when Hitler consoli-
dated youth groups in Germany, he unfortunately chose to keep many of the trappings of the Scouts for the Hitler youth.”
As a result, American Scouting practices such as saluting the flag, standing at attention for flag-raising and lowering, and using a ranking system are absent in German Scouting because they don’t want to be associated with the military, Scott said.
Another difference is that American Scouts are differentiated by sex, also known as boy and girl Scouts. In Germany, Scouts are segregated by religion, Gastel said. Gastel and the rest of the troop arrived in Minneapolis July 10 after months of preparation for the overseas excursion.
“I’ve had a number of wonderful experiences with them. Each time we’ve done this more friendships are established,” Scott said.
Katharina Kirstein knows all about that. The 18-year-old Scout has made a number of friends she plans to remain in contact with after she flies back to Germany next week. But her strongest friendship may have been made with her host father, Stan Keisler, Scoutmaster of Troop 107.
“I’ve enjoyed this trip a lot,” Keisler said. “It’s been very, very nice talking with Tini. I think this is a really good thing between countries and communities.?
That’s the idea behind the exchange program, Scott said. “It’s an incredible experience both ways,” he said. If all goes as planned, he hopes to organize a trip to Germany for “Scouting the World 2000.”
Chovanec can be reached at 833-9209.
German Scout visits Baldwin
German Boy Scout Phillip Jung, pictured above at left with Chris Schumacher, has been staying with the Tom and Jo Schumacher family while in Baldwin taking part in “Scouting the World 1998.” Phillip, his twin brother and another brother are all taking part in the trip. They have been scouts for eight years.
24 German Scouts and leaders from Loerick, Germany, a suburb of Duesseldorf, are staying with host families in the area before leaving for a ten day backpacking trip in Wyoming. While staying in our area, the scouts have visited the Mall of America and canoed on the Namekagon River near Camp Phillips.
Scouting the World is an ongoing exchange program for scouts , leaders, and host families which started in 1994. In 1996, 26 American scouts and leaders from the Chippewa Valley Council visited Germany.
German Boy Scouts visit New Richmond families
By Sarha Ketz
News Staff reporter
Five German Boy Scouts have been calling New Richmond and Star Prairie “home” since July 10.
Their visit marks the third segment of an ongoing exchange between the Chippewa Valley Council and the Stamm Loerick, a Scout troop from Loerick, Germany.Scouting the World grew out of a relationship formed between New Richmond attorney Tim Scott and a group of Scouts he met while living in Germany from 1988-90. When Scott returned to the Eau Claire area, he continued to visit Germany and attend Scouting camps, and also hosted the Scouts in America.
A return invitation to Americans to visit Germany in 1996 resulted in the formation of Explorer Post 896 of the Chippewa Valley Council. Scouting the .World 1998 has brought 24 German Scouts and leaders to Wisconsin.
“The most important thing is to learn about the culture, especially in a country that is far away from ours,” said Jens Katemann, one of the visiting Scouts. “It’s not the same.”
Although many of the German visitors have been to the United States before, they have been learning much about the differences and similarities between American and German culture through the many activitiesthey have participated in since their arrival. The Scouts spent the first full week of their stay, July 12-18, with Eau Claire area Scout troops at the Phillips Scout Reservation in Haugen.
While the Germans and Americans have found the common bond of Scouting and interest in the outdoors, they are learning that their programs operate very differently. Although German Scouts are divided into groups by religious or political affiliation, they are not divided by age or gender as in the United States. Boys, girls, men and women of all ages participate in the program together in Germany.
German Scouts also do not earn rankings, or include patriotism as part of their program, as do American Scouts. Their lack of patriotism is due to the memory of Hitler’s rallying of the yout’h groups during his reign in Germany. Even the sight of a Scout uniform, one Scout said, is sometimes disturbing to people.
“In some ways, you still see the burden of history,” said Tim Scott, New Richmond attorney and advisor to the Eau Claire Explorer Post. “For them to have any (patriotism), that’s smacks of what it once was.”
But the German visitors have learned more about American culture than just its Scouting practices. Starting on July 19, the scouts spent four days with their host families.’ Host families in New Richmond are Robert and Susan Plecko, Jim and Kay Brooks, Lester and Carol Jones, and Tom and Marcella Trost. Scott, of Star Prairie, is also acting as a host.
During their time in the New Richmond area, the group traveled to the Mall of America, visited a dairy farm in the Alma area, played soccer with New Richmond soccer playery and spent time with their host families. One of the Scouts, Markus Plenk, went with his host family to a family reunion, an event that doesn’t often take place in Germany.
The German Scouts pointed out several social and economic differences between the two countries. For instance, Germans generally drive smaller cars and use them less often than Americans to get better gas mileage, as gasoline is much more expensive in their country. ‘The group found that prices of food and clothes were also cheaper here. While the German Scouts could find countless differences between the American and .German cultures, one that is certainly outstanding is the political atmosphere.
“Politics is much easier in the States,” remarked Katemann.
Since July 23, the Scouts have been oh a backpacking trip to Wind River Range, Wyo., accompanied by 30 Americans including Scott and New Richmond Scouts Jus.tin Plecko, Spencer Brooks, and Stuart Jones.
Plecko, Jones, and Brooks are among six Scouts and two leaders making the journey to Germany in 1996. One of the things the American Scouts have learned through this exchange is that although Americans consider World War II to be part of the past, its effects are still apparent in Germany.
“When we toured around, we got to see all the other cities,” said Pleeko of his experience in Germany. “We got to see what (the U.S.) did during the war.”
And, although there are differences, the Scouts feel the importance of finding a common bond.
“We see the positive we can take from their country,” said Jones.
The Scouts will return from Wyoming Aug. 2 and depart from the United States Aug. 4. Although this trip has nearly reached its end,’the Scouts all said they are hoping to continue the exchange with Scouting the World 2000.
Scouting The World 1998
Scouts & Leaders Sought for Participation in Upcoming Visit by German Scouts to Chippewa Valley Council
On Friday, July 10, 1998, 28 German scouts and leaders of Stamm Loerick, Duesseldorf, will be arriving at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a three-week visit to the Chippewa Valley Council. This visit, named “Scouting the World 1998” is the third segment of an ongoing exchange program between Stamm Loerick and the Chippewa Valley Council. The first segment “Scouting the World 1994” – saw 18 scouts and leaders , of Stamm Loerick visiting the Chippewa Valley Council in 1994. The second segment “Scouting the World 1996” – involved a three-week visit by 25 Chippewa Valley scouts and leaders to Germany in the summer of 1996.
“Scouting the World 1998” is being planned and organized by the members of Post 896 – the International Explorer Post of the Chippewa Valley Council. Post members are from Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and New Richmond.
An exciting program is being planned for the participants of “Scouting the World 1998.” The German scouts will spend the weekend of July .10-12 at Lake Holcombe swimming, water skiing, tubing and getting acquainted with their American hosts. The German scouts will then spend the week of July 12-17 at Camp Phillips as the guests of many of the American troops, visiting camp that week. They will participate in the entire Camp Phillips program and will present a slide show and program about German scouting and culture during the week.
From Friday evening, July 17 to Thursday, July 23, the German scouts will be the guests of numerous “host families” in the Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and New Richmond areas. Host families will share the American way of life with their German guest during this time. Visits to the Mall of America, Wisconsin Dells and other local attractions are being planned. A potluck picnic and slide show program will be presented at an Eau Claire park during this week for any area scouts and scouters interested in meeting the German guests.
On Thursday morning, July 23, the German scouts and their American hosts will depart for a ten-day trip to Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The trip will include stops at the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota, Devil’s Tower, Yellowstone Park and Grand Teton Park in Wyoming. A five- day backpacking trip in the Wind River Ranges is planned for most participants. Some participants will stay in a “base-camp” and take day-hikes, white-water rafting rides, and trips to Jackson, Wyoming and other area attractions.
The group will return to Eau Claire on Sunday evening, August 2. The German scouts will spend one more day with the host families and will depart for Germany on Wednesday, August 3.
Any scouts or leaders interested in participating in “Scouting the World 1998” should contact Kathy King , Gordy Wall or Tim Scott . Area scout families are needed to participate as host famlies and there are still openings for participants in die high adventure trip to Wyoming from July 23 to August 2. It is anticipated that participants: in “Scouting the World 1998” will be a part of “Scouting the World 2000” a return trip by American scouts to Germany in the summer of 2000.