STW 2002 Zeitungsbreichte – Newspaper articles

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Auch über Scouting The World 2002 gab es wieder 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!

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There were different reports on Scouting The World 2002 in local Wisconsin Newspapers.

  1. New Richmond News (Thursday, August 1, 2002)
  2. New Richmond News (Thursday, August 15, 2002)
  3. Phillips Gazette (Wednesday, August 7, 2002)
  4. Phillips Gazette (Wednesday, August 7, 2002)
  5. Die Lupe (Herbst 2002)

1. New Richmond News (Thursday, August 1, 2002)

German Scouts to visit New Richmond

picture from New Richmond News

A patch of friendship

When Explorer Scouts from Germany visit New Richmond this week, they will be given this uniform patch as a souvenir. The exchange continues a program started between New Richmond and Germany in the mid-’90s

picture from New Richmond News

Local Explorer Scouts from Eau Claire and New Richmond and other western Wisconsin communities will be participating in an international exchange with a group of visiting German scouts during the month of August.

After the tragedy of Sept. 11, the members of Explorer Post 896, the American group which conducts the exchange program, decided to redouble its efforts to promote understanding between nations.
The patch commemorating the 2002 visit by German scouts to America shows the outline of the World Trade Center towers surrounded by the words “Though others destroy – let us build…bridges between peoples.”
The design also contains a depiction of the Oberkassel Bridge over the Rhine River, a familiar landmark to the German participants in the program.

The exchange between German and American scouts is called “Scouting the World.” This summer will be the fifth exchange aimed at helping scouts appreciate and understand a foreign culture.
Tim Scott, an attorney and scout leader from New Richmond, founded the program. Scott studied in Germany from 1988 to 1990 and during that time he established a friendship with a group of German scouts from Loerick, near Duesseldorf, Germany. “Scouting the World” consists of an international exchange every two years.

The German scouts of Stamm Loerick began the exchange with a visit to the United States in the summer of 1994.

A group of 26 American scouts from western Wisconsin visited Germany in the summer of 1996; 27 German scouts came to America in 1998; and an American contingent returned to Germany in the summer of 2000.
The exchange groups include male and female members who range in age from fourteen to nine- teen years old. Adult leaders also travel with the groups and participate in the activities.
Each international visit includes time at a scout camp, a high adventure hiking experience, and a host family stay.

While in Germany, the American scouts have backpacked in the Alps and have visited major German cities including Munich, Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg. While in America, the German scouts have spent time at Camp Phillips near Haugen, Wis., and have backpacked in the Gross Ventre wilderness area and In the Wind River Range in Wyoming. Local Scouts participating in the program include Tim Scott, Joe and Amber Palmer, Spencer Brooks, Adam Berg, and Steph, Erin, Stuart Jones, Nate Home, Rick and Cindy Prokash, and Steve Wojan and family.

For Scouting the World 2002, the German scouts will arrive on August 1 and spend the following weekend at Lake Holcombe. During that weekend they will visit the Anathoth Community Farm in Luck to learn about sustainable agriculture, nonviolence, and social justice issues and activism in America today.
They will then spend a week with American scout troops at Camp Phillips, followed by a host family stay. Approximately 55 German and American scouts will then depart for an eleven-day high adventure trip to Montana on Aug.13.

Planned highlights of this trip include a stay at the St. Labre Indian Mission in Ashland, Mont. Scouts and leaders will learn about the Crow and Cheyenne tribal history and culture.

The scouts attend also the Crow Fair, the largest annual gathering of Native Americans in North America.
The group will then set up a base camp near Red Lodge, Montana. Three hiking groups will then spend four days backpacking in the nearby Custer National Forest, while a fourth group will stay in a base camp and participate in day hikes, whitewater rafting, horse- back tours, and a visit to the Little Bighorn memorial.

Post 896 holds monthly meetings alternating between Eau Claire and New Richmond.
The group also holds campouts, service projects and fund-raising events throughout the year.
The next international event after this summer’s visit will be “Scouting the World 2004” -a visit by American scouts to Germany in the summer of 2004.

2. New Richmond News (Thursday, August 15, 2002)

German, American Scouting exchange underway

By Brandon Lorenz
News reporter

Local explorer scouts from New Richmond and Eau Claire are participating in an international exchange with a group of Scouts from Dusseldorf, Germany.
The program is the brainchild of Scout leader Tim Scott, who works as an attorney in New Richmond. Scott studied for several years in Germany, where he struck up a friendship with a group of Scouts.

The exchange program, called “Scouting the World” began four years later.
“One thing I learned a long time ago, is that when I encounter a foreigner there is a general interest there,” said Scott. “It’s just a broadening thing to anyone who is involved in it.”
The group of 25 Scouts and leaders from Dusseldorf arrived in New Richmond Aug. 1, spending their first week in the United States at Lake Holcombe, near Luck.
The group departed for Montana Aug. 13, where the group of 55 American and German Scouts will spend 11 days hiking and learning the history of the Crow and Cheyenne Indians, which live in the area.

For Scott, it is not only learning about other cultures that is important, but also watching other cultures learn about us that can be especially revealing. “The more interesting thing is the reactions of the Germans,” said Scott.

Scott took the group of Scouts to the Anathoth Community Farm in Luck to discuss nuclear power, social justice and other issues.

Although Scott took care to describe the views of the group as more radical than the average American, for many of the Germans, the discussion was run of the mill politics.
The Scouts say that they have enjoyed a warm reception so far, interacting with their American counterparts as both groups work to understand each other. Nineteen year-old Stephan Kundt, who is on his first trip to the United States, says that people have been, “Interested, friendly, and open. They want to meet me and talk with me.”

Kundt will study for one more year before taking his high school graduation exam and going on to college, where he hopes to eventually earn a career in electronics. Thomas Busse, a 15 year-old Scout on the program, agrees, saying that so far he has had a chance to polish his English and make new friends.

For the Scouts involved, the exchange trip is an opportunity not just to learn about a foreign country, but it is also about having fun. Several Scouts mentioned their stay at Camp Phillip as a highlight of their trip.

Busse said that the stay at Camp Philip was his favorite part of the trip because, “You can do many activities there that you can’t do in Germany.” Kundt agreed.
“I’ve never seen a Boy Scout camp like this before,” said Kundt. “In Germany we don’t have camps like this.”

Like any new experience, the week at Camp Phillip required some adjusting on the part of the German Scouts.

“In Germany there are no flag ceremonies,” said Busse.

“Scouting here is a bit more military-like,” said Scott. “In Germany there are no ranks,” he added.

“The Scouts I think really suffer from a burden of history.”

Because the program takes place every two years, Scott says that the Sept. 11 attacks did not put the trip in jeopardy. Instead, the attacks only increased the desire of Scouts on both sides to make the trip work.

“I feel that these types of things become more important when we have those kinds of things directed at America,” said Scott. “At that point I realized what we had accomplished here.”

Nor was it the first time that the topic of war has been discussed among participants.
Scott says that several years ago one of the German Scouts had spent the afternoon with one of the older Americans, who happened to be a World War Two veteran and had served in Germany during the war.

The Scout came up to Scott later, and said that his grandfather had served in the German Army during the Second World War. The two could have met and killed each other, he said.

“If you can bring a kid to that level of understanding, then it’s worth it,” Scott said.

3. Phillips Gazette (Wednesday, August 7, 2002)

Germans Invade Camp

By William P. Nelson

This week you’ve probably seen some people running around in peculiar uniforms and speaking a language you might not understand, and no I don’t mean the staff. Camp Phillips has been fortunate to host a group of scouts from Dusseldorf, Germany. Most Troops here even have members of the group staying in there sites.

Many of us have been learning lots of interesting facts about German scouting. For example, did you know that their uniform contains a patch that shows there age group by color. Cub scouts have a blue wolf patch, 14-16 year olds have a green patch, ages 17-21 have a red patch, and adults have a yellow patch.

There are many differences between the two scouting programs. Here we’ve been taught to raise, solute, and pledge allegiance to our countries flag; where in their country it is not as commonly practiced to be so patriotic.

Many scouts have said they enjoy having the Germans as guest. Some have said they’d portiapate in the world scouting program if prevented with the possibility.

This has been a great cultural experience for both us and the scouts from Germany. I just hope some of you get the chance to talk with some them, and maybe some day visit their country and experience what its like to be guest in a foreign land.

William Nelson Troop 299
Tall Pine site.

4. Phillips Gazette (Wednesday, August 7, 2002)

Scouting The World

By Philipp Jung
Staff Writer

Scouting the World is a scout exchange program between the Explorer Post 896 from Chippewa Valley Council and the German Stamm Loerick from Duesseldorf. The program started in 1994 for with a visit from the Germans to the U.S. In 1996 the Americans have been over to Germany. Since then every second year was an exchange. Basically an exchange is about three weeks long. In the U.S. we always stay one week at Camp Phillips, then go into host families and then go hiking somewhere. In 1998 for example we have been in Wyoming at the Wind River Range, this year we will be hiking in Glacier National Park in Montana. In Germany we have one week of camping, a Germany tour including a three to four days hike in the Alps and visiting cities like Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Dresden. After that the Americans stay in host families in Duesseldorf.
The program shows the participants the differences of cultures and countries, it also help people to get a better understanding of each other. Beside all the fun we have during the exchanges, we also talk about prejudices, stereotypes and the history of our countries. The most important thing beside the whole program is that people develop friendships and visit each other between the exchanges. Ac- tually it was one of these friend- ships which made “Scouting the World” possible. If you want to know more about the program or contact people visit our homepage (in German and English): www.scouting-the-world.de and see how much fun and experiences you can get through such a beautiful pragram.

5. Die Lupe (Herbst 2002)

Though others destroy…

Von Sebastian Jung
Stamm Lörick

“THOUGH OTHERS DESTROY — LET US BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN PEOPLES”. Unter dieser Überschrift stand Scouting-the-World 2002, ein Austausch- und Begegnungsprojekt des BSA Explorer Post 896 aus Eau Claire in Wisconsin und dem DPSG Stamm Lörick aus Düsseldorf. Das Austauschprogramm wurde 1994 ins Leben gerufen und seit dem fanden alle zwei Jahre jeweils 3-4wöchige Begegnungen statt. 1994, 1998 waren Rover und Leiter aus unserem Stamm in Amerika und 1996 und 2000 bekamen wir Besuch von unseren Freunden aus Eau Claire und Umgebung. Scouting-the-World 2002 fand somit wieder in Amerika statt und so machten sich am 01.08. 20 Pfadfinder aus unserem Stamm auf die lange Flugreise.

Der knapp vierwöchige Besuch in Amerika lässt sich traditionell in drei größere Teile gliedern. Nach einem gemeinsamen Wochenende an einem Seehaus besteht der erste Teil aus einem einwöchigen Aufenthalt in Camp Philips, einem amerikanischen Boy Scout Camp. Dort lernten wir das amerikanische Lagerleben kennen. Ungewohnt war sicherlich das morgendliche Hissen der amerikanischen Flagge, die auch jeden Abend mit Trompetenschall und salutierenden Pfadfindern wieder eingeholt wurde. Nach der Woche im Camp besuchten die Teilnehmer ihre Gastfamilien, um auch einen Einblick in das amerikanische Familienleben zu bekommen.

Im Anschluss an den Gastfamilienaufenthalt fuhren wir mit dem Post 896 nach Montana(der dritte Teil ist eine gemeinsame Reise zu den Rocky Mountains mit Bergwanderungen), um dort in drei Kleingruppen in den Rocky Mountains zu wandern. Eine vierte Gruppe unternahm als Base Camp Ausflüge für Leute, die nicht wandern konnten oder wollten.

Den 52 Teilnehmern von deutscher und amerikanischer Seite wird diese gemeinsame Fahrt nach Montana (und die damit verbundenen Geschichten und Anekdoten) ein unvergessliches Erlebnis sein.

Auch wichtig und einer der Entstehungsgründe des Programms ist der Abbau bzw. die Vermeidung von Vorurteilen und Stereotypen, die man oft von anderen Menschen und Nationen hat. Ein wichtiger Programmpunkt in den drei Amerikaaustauschen war deshalb auch die Zusammenarbeit mit den Ureinwohnern Amerikas, den Indianern. Dieses Jahr haben wir zwei Tage in der St. Labre Indian Mission gewohnt und die Crow Fair, das jährliche Treffen aller Crow-Indianer, besuchen können. Die vielen Aktionen die wir zusammen machen, sind auch ein Grund für die vielen Freundschaften zwischen Amerikanern und Deutschen, die während unseres Austausches entstehen. Viele dieser Freundschaften sind so intensiv und gut, dass sich die Leute auch zu Weihnachten oder anderen Ereignissen gegenseitig besuchen.

Wer mehr über dieses einzigartige Programm erfahren möchte und auch wissen will, was man so macht, wenn die Amerikaner nach Deutschland kommen, oder einfach nur tolle Fotos sehen möchte, der kann entweder auf eine unsere Homepages (www.scouting-the-world.de oder www.stamm-loerick.de) gehen oder sich direkt bei Philipp Jung (0177-2313349) melden.

picture from New Richmond News

Der Aufnäher zeigt die stilisierten Türme des World Trade Centers und die Oberkasseler Brücke in Düsseldorf.

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