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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.