On Human Rights day, WAGGGS asked the participants of the ACTIVATE event in Sangam to answer the question What human rights abuse would you rid the world of? This is what they came up with.
Bags packed, fiddle ready, time to go!
I’ll be back late on Christmas Eve. Until then, you’ll have a digital version of me (the queue) giving up updates. I’ll see if I can put up some photos when I get reception while away.
Travel safe, have a great Christmas if you celebrate it :) If not, take care anyway! I shall see you all soon, just before the new year.
Best wishes to you all!
Zambarau Moot #15 - Israel!
Scouting is often seen as ‘European’ due to its history, but many people forget that it is a global organisation. Those same values of brotherhood, family, community and service are prevalent throughout the world. Indeed, you can find Scouting in places where you may not expect a youth organisation to exist due to conflict often heard in the media; but youth are everywhere. Ron’s (http://hebrew-punk.tumblr.com/) father served in the Navy in the port city of Haifa, Israel and it was this that inspired him and his brothers to try Scouting. Originally Ron was a member of the Sea Scouts of Israel (built on the similar concepts to World Scouting, but without uniforms or ‘Scouting’; rather an emphasis on teamwork, sailing, and hard work).
After two years, Ron quit Sea Scouts where he “…started going to the regular scouts in my city. I joined “Shevet Nesharim” (which translates to “Eagles Tribe”) in 9th grade.” This was a turning point for Ron, and as he put it “I met some of my best friends there and throughout the year learned real scouting, leadership and values.”
While co-educational, the age sections in the Israeli Scouting Federation are:
- Youth (4th-6th grade)
- Teens (7th-9th grade)
- Mature (10th-12th grade)
During 9th grade of middle school, most of the activities are focused on becoming part of the Mature Scouts. These skills include learning how to lead a group of Scouts, or be there for one another. From 10th grade Ron lead a group of 8 Youth Scouts, but has enjoyed being both a Leader and a Youth member.
“I always liked being the passive one, the one who have someone to look up to. But being a leader it a lot more rewarding since it’s like shaping a ball of clay; the kids started out as little troublemakers and I managed to change them into more responsible kids. They care more about each other, about the country and about the environment.”
Scout Groups (referred to as ‘Tribes’) do have a fair bit of contact with each other for activities and camps. In 2012 RON was involved in a camp which had three Mature Scouts from ever Tribe in the country – a week of camping with Arabs and Jews, trekking, and Scouting together.
RSP: How crucial is Service, do you think?
Ron: It’s a big part: we do fundraisers and events all the time. The biggest service is towards the kids. Last year we raised money for kids with cancer. We have a special needs group in our Tribe that my friend is leading. The SN kids are a group of four 6th graders from Haifa so they have a special taxi to take them here every week. The leaders need to do a special 1 week seminar about leading a Special Needs group. They have had the special training for it; the kids are part of the tribe for 3 years now.
(Yes, that is DBZ’s Shenron - it took 17 Scouts to build it with 155 hinges and 2054 ropes.)
Ron was fairly candid about why he still does Scouting: for the friends, adventures, sense of family, but also for developing the ability to overcome his shyness and becoming more outgoing. He was pretty excited to talk about Hannukah South (“חנוכה דרום”) – an annual Mature Scout four-day hike through the desert, camping out in the open.
RSP: What would be your biggest memories?
Ron: Passover trip in the sea scouts (8th grade), I just remember that it was the funniest and most memorable trip I ever been to… I remember sailing on the Kineret (Sea of Galilee) and sharing dumb jokes with friends… I remember cooking smoked tuna fish 2 years ago in Hannukah South… I remember climbing the Big Crater in the desert with my friends, and that last moment of when I climbed to the top.
Thanks for your time Ron!
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A little background information: Ron is a member of the Israel Boy and Girl Scouts Federation (התאחדות הצופים והצופות בישראל, Hit’ahdut HaTzofim VeHaTzofot BeYisrael), a bastion of peace in a land long marked by conflict. In Hebrew, Scouting is known as Tzofim. Tzofim is well known for having Jewish, Muslim Arab, Christian Arab and other Troops, who actively come together for activities on a regular basis. Since 1919, Tzofim has been a non-political organisation whilst upholding Jewish and Zionist values.
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