By Phil Krajeck, NCCS international Chair
The International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS) has begun a new communications initiative to promote and demonstrate the hard work of Catholic Scouting youth and members. The ICCS-CICS Facebook page has been available for some time and an Instagram account was recently created. A new website will be launched shortly that will include a number of new and interesting features. All are useful tools to connect with youth and adult leaders.
Managing this effort is Marc O’Neill, an intern with the Scouts et Guides de France in Paris. “After years of Scouting in my local Scout groups in Ireland, France and Germany, an unmissable experience presented itself to me; to volunteer on behalf of ICCS/CICS. This association was not new to me as both my parents also had the opportunity to witness the fruitful, inspiring, and encouraging work of the ICCS/CICS around the world,” said O’Neill. “In addition to providing access to ICCS documents, the website and other social media will portray other aspects such as the Brotherhood of St. George, the Saint Paul Fellowship, and the newly created Sevin Foundation,” O’Neill added. Part of his mission is to enable others to discover the work of the different regions and associations within ICCS. A team of young people will serve as regional correspondents to report on the many exciting projects being conducted by Catholic Scouts and Scouters. O’Neill hopes the team members’ journeys will enlighten them and give them valuable experience.
Ella Hirsch [of the Alamo Area Council] has volunteered to serve as the correspondent for the North American subregion. Attendees at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree might remember her as one of the lectors at the Sunday Mass. “My first experience with international Scouting was the was the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015. I’d only been in Scouting a few months and didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” she laughed. “It was culture shock at first, but I’ve been interested in international Scouting ever since. “Even though we’re from different countries, I love meeting other Scouts that share the same faith. It’s been wonderful getting to know and work with Marc and Juan Pablo, my counterparts from Columbia. My Spanish is really improving and I’m even picking up some French!” Anyone interested in sharing a story for the ICCS website can contact Ella through Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org. “I’ve wanted to get involved with NCCS for a while and the opportunity to work with ICCS at the same time was too good to pass up. It’s great to be able to get the word out and to be the face of Catholic Scouting in North America!”
Original article published in The Bridge, The Newsletter of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, volume 30 No. 2— summer 2021, page 7.
For more information about the International Catholic Conference of Scouting, visit their website at https://www.cics.org/