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"Cité Cap", 10,000 young people change the world.

1st Jan 2010

From July 26th to 30th 2010, 10,000 Scouts from 14 to 17 years old, Pioneers and Caravelles, met in Cussac-Fort-Medoc, for a unique event in France: Cité Cap.

They came from all over France, but also from Belgium, Egypt, Finland, Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, Morocco, Romania and Tunisia ... by bicycle, train, boat and even by canoe. Everyone accepted the challenge, launched in the context of this event, of using an ecological way of transportation.

On July 27th, the Scouts and Guides went into the city of Bordeaux, inviting locals and tourists to enjoy a festive day. It was an exceptional opportunity to play, discuss, share and learn together! Many activities were organised around six themes: games, taking action (first aid and environmental citizens), disability, artistic expression, listening and eco-mobility.

During the "Nature" day, 5 ecosystems were closely examined! 
One hundred professionals from Gironde played the game with the Scouts. In Soulac, St-Vivien, Valeyrac, Pauillac, Blaye, Medoc Sud, Lamarque, Hourtin Sud, Hourtin Nord, St. Laurent, the young took part in treks planned by the organisers, in order to discover the diverse ecosystems found in Medoc and their fragile equilibrium (biodiversity, human impact on nature...)

The "Ark" day enabled the Pioneers and Caravelles to met with journalists, sociologists, writers, politicians and artists. They had the opportunity to share their experiences, their career paths, their motivations and commitments with the young people.

At the closing ceremony, Jean-Louis Borloo, French Minister of Ecology, spoke of his "ten years of Scouting", which he considers to be the source of his political involvement.

In his speech in front of the 10,000 participants, he wished to congratulate them for "their commitment to eco-citizenship" which helped them organise the jamboree with a carbon footprint three times smaller than average, especially through the use of solar showers, biodegradable soaps and shampoos, as well as by recycling their waste.

Scouts awarded Jean-Louis Borloo and Damien Abad, the European Deputy, a copy of their "National Citizenship Letter", a text in which they list their commitment to citizenship, environment and solidarity.

More Information (FR) :

caravane.sgdf.fr/citecap
latoilescoute.net/citecap

TF1 - Reportage 1 - Reportage 2 - Reportage 3

Download : National Citizenship Letter

Image 1: © WSB / Thierry Tournet

Image 2: De gauche à droite: Mr Antoine Dulin, Responsable National Pionniers-Caravelles, Mr Jean Louis Borloo, ministre de l'Écologie, de l'Énergie, du Développement durable et de la Mer, Mr Damien Abad, Député Européen.