Welcome to the Eurotransit Network!
Eurotransit is a Network of volunteers from European Scout & Guide organisations which builds European contacts through active projects, exchanges and partnerships
Our activities are designed to complement existing national structures, by offering direct access for all groups to international activities
Through previous projects, the Network has a specialization in east-west exchanges, has extensive contacts for summer camps, partnerships and sharing of inter-cultural learning experiences.
One main intention is that scout and guide groups should not make holidays in other countries without meeting scouts and guides of the country they are travelling to.
The Eurotransit Network was established in 1999 by a group of German scout leaders form DPSG Diocese of Paderborn. The idea for the name came from the old Hanseatic trade routes which crossed Europe from north to south and east to west. The old route passed through their region and they were curious to meet other scout groups along the route and so the idea was born.
The first activities included cooperation with a Polish scout group to rebuild a campsite in Ostrow, Poland. The Network spread as new friends and contacts were made along the route and many new summer camps and exchanges followed.
During the continuous evolution of the network, an annual meeting was established. Every year, the network and its friends met in a different country for a couple of days around the quasi pan-european holiday May 1st. In 2014, this meeting was re-branded as Eurotransit Funboree. Ever since, the Network invites all adults and leaders in Scouting and Guiding keen on international experiences to its annual camp.
3. Target Groups
The Eurotransit Network wants to reach out to all adults and leaders in Scouting and Guiding across Europe, such as
The Eurotransit Network mainly consists of an international Core Team of group leaders of Eastern and Western European countries. The aim is to include at least one member of each country which has groups participating in the Network. The core team jointly runs the network in a non-hierarchical way. The focus is on personal relationship.
The Core Team is supported by Ambassadors, who establish the connection between the network and its target groups in the Ambassador`s respective country. The Ambassadors can be contacted by any interested person through the Network`s website and provide an easy access to the network in many different languages.
5. Needs and Aims
The needs of the Network should be the aims of the Structure.
a. A stronger more known Network:
6. Tools and Methods
7. What makes Eurotransit special
We are group leaders with a lot of international experience and we want to share it with other group leaders.
We have a high sustainability in our meetings.
We have a lot of experience in intercultural learning.
We are part of the structure, but we are independent.
We don’t want to evolve to a structure like WOSM/WAGGGS where everyone who wants to exchange with another scout or guide troop has to pass several commissioners (and assistants and secretaries) and where one is not really involved in the search for a partner group himself. The search for a partner group or a contact abroad has to be already a part of the fun. It has to be personal and engaging.
We can imagine that for some countries the distance between a local scout leader and the International Commissioner of his federation is rather huge. We need to ensure that the access to exchange or to getting involved in the Network remains easy. Interested new people or even groups, districts and associations have to be attracted by how easily they can get involved and take part in this Network. So, the method for old and new participants should stay informal, easy and with as little barriers as possible.