RSI “PANOS MYLONAS” AT THE 24TH WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE*, NORTH AMERICA 2019 WITH KIND SUPPORT FROM FEDERAL INTERNATIONALE DE L’ AUTOMOBILE (FIA)
RSI “PANOS MYLONAS” AT THE 24TH WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE*, NORTH AMERICA 2019 WITH KIND SUPPORT FROM FEDERAL INTERNATIONALE DE L’ AUTOMOBILE (FIA)
With great success and achieving all preset goals, road safety trainings were completed at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America, at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, U.S.A. The World Scout Jamboree is the biggest scout event organized every four years in various countries of the planet and it is addressed to young scouts’ ages 14 to 17 years old.  Extending Institute’s initiative “Scouting for Global Road Safety”, an action under the auspices of United Nations, RSI “Panos Mylonas” traveled to U.S.A. (from 18th of July/7 to 6th of August/8) as partner of Greek Scouts - Soma Ellinon Proskopon (SEP) with the project BRAAVO (Bringing Road Safety Awareness and Advocacy to Voluntary Organizations-www.braavo-youth.com) to train more than 3.500 teenagers and young scouts, with the kind support from Federal Internationale de l’ Automobile – FIA (Transformation Road Safety Grant Programme).

In details, at “Transportation Safety Hub”, an area shared by FIA-RSI in the “Living in the 21st century” exhibit area of Centro Mondial of the 24th World Scout Jamboree, interactive and experiential trainings were performed concerning road safety issues such as speeding, seat belt and helmet use, distracted  driving, drink and driving and reaction distance using simulators such as alcohol googles, reaction test microcomputer etc. Trainings were accompanied by informative and awareness campaigns of RSI as well as the well-known FIA campaign #3500LIVES displayed on audio visual material (posters, banners, monitors etc). Simultaneously, participants had the opportunity to get photographed in special Photo booth provided from FIA, to sign FIA manifesto asking people in charge to take action to prevent road traffic deaths.

A special event called “Holding Hands event” at which scouts (a boy and a girl from each country) are holding hands shaping a large human circle reciting a promise to follow road safety guidelines as they are described at FIA golden rules. In such way, teenagers are becoming ambassadors of road safety in their own country disseminating their knowledge. Mrs. Jean Todt, Special Envoy for Road Safety by Secretary-General of the United Nations passed on his greetings to young scouts through a video message especially made for the occasion.

Moreover, during Jamboree a research was carrying out exploring youth’s attitude and behavior on alcohol and driving. It is a continuation of the research in the 23th World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015 and results will contribute in designing targeted road safety interventions. The research is conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Cross-Cultural Psychology of the Department of Psychology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The President of RSI, Mrs. Vasiliki Danelli-Mylona who coordinated the team at the Jamboree said: “I am deeply honored and moved to inform, raise awareness and train in an interactive and experiential away thousands of young scouts from various parts of the world on fundamental road safety issues. These young people will pass on important messages to their countries, so road tragedy would change and no longer lose globally 3.500 lives on the roads.”

Mr. Christoforos Mitromaras, General Scout SuperIndentent said the following: “We are honored to work with RSI as we believe that joint forces on road safety education could lower road crashes and enjoy life…We will continue supporting the important project of RSI with targeted activities in Greece.” 

Young scouts are participating in educational and interactive actions of RSI with utter interest and enthusiasm to give hope and strength to RSI team’s work. Written comments like this, from a young scout from USA: “Thank you for coming from far away to help us learn how to be safe on the road”, will always constitute compass to us in order to continue our mission “for a world without road accidents”.

RSI would like to warmly thank all those who helped to make this mission reality: FIA for kindly supporting BRAAVO via Transformation FIA Road Safety Grant Programme, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, General Secretary of World Organization of Scout Movement for his confidence to us, Soma Ellinon Proskopon and Team of Greek Mission for their support before and during the event, Cosmote for its kind support to realize the research, DUR SA for dressing up the team and RSA Ireland for offering reflecting vests for “Holding Hands Event”.  Last but not least, we would like to thank from the bottom of our heart all young scouts from the International Service Volunteers Team who contributed enormously to make Institute’s trainings happen. To Aris, Alexander, Niko, Philippe and Peter from the Greek Mission. To Victor, Timothy, Carlos and Dylan from U.S.A., Greg from Canada, Armando from Colombia, Lucas rom Malaysia, Philip from Sweden and also FIA representative who visited us. All the above mentioned scouts were trained to become trainers on road safety before the beginning of Jamboree, not only to the BRAAVO theoretical part but also using road safety simulators, in order to train other young scouts and visitors in our station. We strongly believe that this experience is a fundamental stepping stone for their life. Nonetheless this is the main purpose of interactive participation: to become better by helping others.

*Jamboree: The biggest camp in nature for teenagers in the world.
 



 
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