400 Scouting, One Train, One Vision: SocutingTrain 2014!
The Scouting Train 2014 is a project organised by the Federation of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts (BdP; Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder). The aim of the project is to start or deepen scout cooperation among German an Middle- and East European scouts.
In summer 2014 around 400 scouts from Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan and other countries will travel together from Berlin, via Warsaw, Minsk, Moskow up to Baikal See in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and democratic changes in Middle and Eastern European countries.
On the rail of the trans-Siberian train we will promote the idea of scouting and intercultural understanding.
In order to prepare for the trip, the conductors (scout leaders) from project countries will work together on the topic of each carriage and will find the project participants.
Although the project will finish on 9th November 2014 in Berlin, when the results of our trip will be presented during the central German commemoration events, we are looking forward to further international projects that will be started due to new scout relations built in the Scouting Train!
25 years after the end of the iron curtain, who’s fall enabled Germany to reunite, the “Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder e.V. (BdP)“ (Federation of Girl Guides and Boy Scouts) and its partner organizations in Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan and other countries plan an international project of a joint educational journey of Guides and Scouts along the tracks with the legendary Transsiberian Railroad.
Through this unique activity we will find a way for Guides and Scouts from the west and some former Warsaw Pact countries to meet and use the Scout Movement as a catalyst for communication and understanding of different cultures.
A train with approximately 400 Scouts and Guides, 16 years or older traveling from the 31st July 2014 till 19th August 2014 from Germany via Poland, Belarus and Russia to Baikal Lake.
Each waggon of the train has its own project theme of the train ride consisting of Scouting and Europe’s contemporary history. The waggons are managed by Conductor-Teams consisting of four to six people. They act as multipliers of the project idea and are being supported by the Board of Train-Directors.
Conductor-Teams get the chance to be trained by mentors, to use existing networks with Eastern Europe and to exchange information with other Conductors-Teams to develop their own view on Europe’s history and future.