News from the Africa Scout Region
With only a few weeks to go, this is the last announcement of the 11th Africa Scout Conference. Information and documentation regarding the Conference has been widely circulated.
It is important for all those intending to travel to Gabon to get their Visas in good time to avoid last minute frustrations. A detailed Conference update pack has been widely issued from the Africa Regional Office. Those who may require formal invitations to facilitate easy acquisition of Visas should contact Edmond Hocke in Gabon.
Space will be provided for delegates to put up exhibitions of their activities and achievements. This will be an important forum to share and disseminate information. NSOs/NSAs are therefore invited to bring along materials for display.
Following an earlier announcement to all National Scout Associations / Organisations in Africa Scout region about the retirement of four members of the Africa Scout Committee, the Africa Regional office called for nominations for candidates to fill up the positions. At the close of the nominations period, Eight candidates had been been proposed :
Elections to the four positions in the Africa Scout Committee will take place during the Conference.
The Africa Scout Foundation will host a social and fundraising dinner for Conference participants. This has been scheduled for Wednesday 5th September at 19.30 Hrs. The cost of the dinner will be US $ 20 (Twenty) per person.
Details about the venue will be circulated during the Conference. All participants are invited to the dinner during which New members will receive their membership certificates.
The Foundation will also make a presentation on its progress to the Conference
Further details about the conference can be obtained from:
The Africa Regional Office
Or from the host committee in Gabon:
Nguema Biteghe Edmond Hocke
Federation of Gabonese Scouting
At the Africa Regional Office
The fax number to the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi has changed from +254
2 569795 to +254 2 578342.
There is also a new telephone number +254 2 573436 in addition to +254 2 577123
In addition, a new international fax number for the Africa Regional Office has been created in the United States <(+1.209) 436 36 55>. Faxes sent to this new number are forwarded to the Africa Regional Office over the Internet. In addition to the easier connection, users of this fax number can also benefit from the significantly cheaper international rates that generally apply to calls placed to the United States. There are no additional charges for using this service.
International Scout Centre in Switzerland
Kandersteg Scout Centre has dedicated one of their accommodation rooms to Africa Region. The room will be called The Africa Room. The Africa Scout Region will have the privilege of decorating the Africa room with decors and artefacts that depict Scouting in Africa. Visitors putting up in the Africa room will have the opportunity of experiencing the heritage of African Scouting from such decorations.
Africa Room will be officially inaugurated in March 2002, by the Chairman of the World Scout Committee, on the occasion of the World Scout Committee meeting.
NSAs/NSOs willing to contribute decorations to be put up in the Africa Room should forward them to the Africa Regional office before September 2001.
By the Government of Kenya
The Government of Kenya has Gazetted the Grave of the late Lord and Lady Baden Powell, and the Paxtu building (Where BP spent his last days) within Outspan hotel in Nyeri, Kenya, as monuments. The Minister for Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports in Kenya, Mr. Noah Katana Ngala, through a Kenya Gazette notice of March 2001 says the ".. buildings, sites and graves are of national cultural interest and should be preserved for posterity."
At the same time, the Nyeri Local Association, which is part of the Kenya Scout Association has initiated a project to rehabilitate the cemetery. The project, which has been called The Baden Powell Memorial Project will go beyond the tombstone of the Lord and Lady Baden Powell, to rehabilitate the other tombstones in the cemetery, rehabilitate the park adjacent to the cemetery, put up an information center and erect a monumental gate to the park.
Through the project, the local Association intends to raise the profile of Scouting in the area, and to attract Scouts from other parts of the world to visit the last home of the Founder, as part of the build up activities to the Scout Centenary celebrations in 2007. They are inviting the Scouting fraternity to join them in this endeavor.