Questions and answers

WHAT WE DO IN GUIDING AND SCOUTING?

Some basic principlas in the scouting:

  • Guiding and scouting is value based global movement to bring up children and teenagers
  • Our goal is to bring up our guides and scouts as active and responsible members of the society
  • Our activities are based on social and sexual equality, sustainable life, global activiy, multiculturality and protection of the enviroment
  • Scouting is politically independent
  • Alcohol is not allowed in scouting
  • All the activities are suoervised by adults.
  • Membership fee is mandatory and it includes insurance
  • Our leaders are volunteers

Our age groups have weekly meetings at our own meeteing place in Olari or at Opinmäki in Suurpelto. Weekly meetings are based on our Youth Program and includes lots of diffirent activities, games and plays.

At weekends we have day or night trips in the huts, tarps, tents or army tents in the winter. At the trips we practice outdoor skills, get to know wonders of nature and have fun. We make our own food with stoves or open fire.

  • Day trips are usually to somewhere near and you need only good and suitable clothing
  • Weekend trips to scout huts last usually one night and you need warm weather sleeping bag
  • When we gou outdoors hiking we typically stay in tents or under tarps. Then you need a good and warm sleeping bag, sleeping mattress and a back pack
  • In the winter we use army tents with stoves, but we suggest the same gear you need at tent trips

Camps are held in the summer and sometimes in the winter. Summer camps are usually 5-10 days. Summer camps are in June or beginning of August. Winter camps are in the second week of February.

More information of guiding and scouting you find here.

HOW OLD YOU HAVE TO BE?

Guiding and scouting is for kids, teenagers and adults over 7 years. Notice that we have typically a queue and it is not sure that your child can be taken in after filling the application. Older kids, teenagers and adults are all wellcome to OEK-WE.

HOW TO APPLY TO THE EVENTS?

Every event has a spesify link to our member register. Every member should have his/hers ScoutID to use the register called Kuksa (a wooden cup). If you need help, please contact Susanna Kaurinkoski. We bill the events by Kuksa so please be sure thet your email is correct in the system.

Your memenship information is also in Kuksa. Children under 18 should have their parents also registered because we need your permission for the kids to attend. You get your own Scout ID.

WHAT GEAR I NEED FOR THE TRIPS AND THE CAMPS?

We always send a spesific information letter before camps and trips. In the letter are details of the venue and list of equipment you need.

Basic list of weekend trip is:

  • A scout scarf
  • Back pack or rucksack
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Drinking bottle
  • Cutlery: 2 plates (deep ones), a mug, a fork and a spoon packed in a fabric bag
  • Pen and paper for notes
  • A compass, a knife (sharp) and a flash light
  • Clothing on and spare clothes, remember check out the weather forecast
  • Personal hygienia utensils and personal medication. Remember to tell use about the medication
  • Personal First aid kit

Name all the equipments! All the gear shoud fit in the back pack. Try to attach extra stuff to the back pack. Don’t take too much gear with you. Scout have to be able to carry the back bag. Do the packing with the child because she/he should know what is in the pack.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE OF THE ACTIVITIES?

Every event and weekly meeting are lead by scout leaders who ave traing and skills to do that. Scout masters supervise activities, leaders and look after of the security issues and regulations.

HOW WE GET FUNDING AND WHO SUPPORT US?

Olarin Eräkotkat – Wild Eagles ry is a registerd independent association. We have two supportive organizations: The Parish of Olari and Olarin Eräkotkien Kilta ry (Guild of the troop). We get economical funding and meeting rooms from these supporters.

Our own fundraising is based on the selling of the Chirstmas calender. It is a huge annual operation organized by our NSO. We get also annual support from City of Espoo and some other sources. Our activities, trips and camps basically carry their costs and sometimes the troop supports the events. Main costs are events, rents, materials and outdoor equipment. We pay all the training costs of scout leaders and support those who have economical difficulties.

THE SCOUT PROMISE AND MOTTO

The Promise is the base of our values. The others are the motto and the ideals.

“I promise to do my best to love my God, my country and the world, to fulfil the Ideals of the <age section> and to be of help to others.”

Our NSO is reforming the Promise and the process is almost ready. Unfortunately we don’t have the translation yet and the Promise have to be approved by the the Worl Organization of Scout Movement and The Worrl Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scout whos member our NGO is.

The new promise will be more open to those who has diffirent kind of beliefs, religion or their have no religious faith at all. We inform you when we get the translation.

The motto is: “Be prepared”

THE IDEALS OF A SCOUT ARE:

  • To respect others
  • To love and protect the environment
  • To be reliable
  • To buid friendship across boundaries
  • To feel one’s responsibility and to take action
  • To develop oneself as a human being
  • To search for truth in life