Via following the link: http://www.eurojam.eu you can find the summer version of Eurojam 2014 website, where you can find out basic, essential information about Eurojam. At the beginning of next scout year, you will find on the same Web address more details about the Eurojam (information and news about preparation to this great camp).
On June 27th 2013, the Guides and Scouts of Europe met four mayors of Ars-sur-Moselle canton to prepare the Eurojam 2014.
Representing our Union, there were: Martin Hafner, (Federal commissioner), Claire Verdier (AGSE President), Séverine Deleplanque (Province Commissioner of Lorraine) and brother Dominique Savio (Eurojam team).
What is it about? On the occasion of the centenary of the first World War, 10 000 young people aged 12 to 17, from 18 European countries are expected in Lorraine to celebrate a pacified Europe under Robert Schuman’s protection, from August 1st to 11th 2014. Every ten years, indeed, the Guides and Scouts of Europe gather for a “Eurojam” , name of the “Jamboree”, big gathering invented by Baden-Powell, the founder of scouting.
How is the Eurojam prepared? For several months, the leaders of the French association (AGSE) are working very closely with the mayor of Ars-sur-Moselle, Mr. Bruno Valdevit, the municipalities of Ancy-sur-Moselle, Dornot and Novéant-sur-Moselle, as well as with Metz Métropole, the “Office national des Forêts” (ONF) and the State services to determine the camping areas. “For us it is essential to combine both imperatives : security of youth participating in the Eurojam, in the respect of the places that are assigned to us, and the scout method which is lived in the open air”, Claire Verdier (the President of the French association explains). Both parts have reached a formal agreement, exchanging conventions on that day in the town hall of Ars-sur-Moselle. Then there was a presentation of the project.
What will happen at the Eurojam? For eight days, except two big opening and closing ceremonies, as well as a pilgrimage, guides and scouts will have four days of activities, with games, the discovery of foreign teams, the history of this region, conviviality and artistic expression. You can find all information on the Eurojam on the website http://www.uigse-fse.org and http://www.eurojam.eu.
School, with its walls that seem to lock you in, will end in a few days … Your freedom begins … Do you know how to use it properly?
- You, brownie guide, cub scout, will you do your best to spend a week in the jungle with Mowgli and his friends?
- You, Guide, Scout, will you be willing to hold your place in your patrol in the woods and under our law?
- You, Ranger, Rover, will you give yourself fully to each of those you meet on the road in Europe?
Your Guide and Scout Leaders ask you to come out of your everyday comfort! They provoke you to give all the love of your heart!
Your Parents give you their generous yes by letting you grow in the “school of the Woods”.
This is the school of adventure, where we let ourselves get surprised each day. Also the one of great games that motivate us to explore and grow, the one of nature, by which we learn to live the joy of simple things and appreciate the power of silence; the one of expression by which we live with laughter and beautiful songs around the fire; the one of true friendship, where we have the opportunity to share beautiful moments with others and build strong relationships for life.
And finally, it is especially the school of Jesus Christ, who pitched his tent amongst us all. He will lead us to fresh source of well-being! Do not forget to ask your religious advisor or your spiritual Father to show you the way by receiving the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.
And your strength will be developed to control your freedom to resume the pace of your last year … before we all will gather in the woods of Metz for the Eurojam 2014.
Dare to live the adventure…