Scouting News – May

This is: Enikoe Orban

In our series, we would like to introduce another leader of our troops. 

Enikoe is one of the founding members of the István Fekete Scout Troop in Seattle. 

We would like to introduce her to the readers the same way we have previously introduced Sabudina Faludi, the leader of our Cub Scouts, and Silvia Zavatchen, the leader of the Scouts.

So, let us start with our first question:

Why do you like to be a scout?

Scouting is a remarkably interesting thing. Simple, but in its simplicity it means something different to everyone. For example, I like to be a scout because I love nature and I love having friends and sharing experiences with them. 

In scouting, most things can be accomplished through teamwork and our own will, and a combination of the two.

Of course, it is possible to make friends with others, and one can have a great time with their friends without scouting, but scouting provides and requires the basic norms of behavior that every scout in the world knows and ensures the success of a rich, peaceful and possibly global friendship.

What makes you feel that you are a scout?

Perhaps, I would best answer this question with a story. While my story may be interesting, it will be better understood if we put it into perspective. As one could say: a story is best in the context of history, and vice versa: the history is best understood through many stories.

My story happened a lot of summers (29 years) ago, but the background story is even older. It dates to my childhood.

As a child, I could not be a scout because in the Eastern Bloc including in Romania, the communist powers banned scouting from after WWII until the fall of communism. Scouting had been forcefully replaced by communist youth organizations, and scouting had been declared a non-abstract organization. So, as a child, I only heard about scouting from my family members and sometimes from the forbidden broadcasts of Radio Free Europe.

However, that unforgettable summer 29 years ago, I came face to face with scouting. I had the opportunity to take part in a nomad camp (canoe tour) in Germany.

20 young people, 10 boats, 2 weeks = huge adventure.

I went on this scout tour with mixed feelings because I never had done anything like this before. To name a few of my worries: I did not know many people on the tour, I did not know what to expect, had never been on a canoe tour before, and I could not even swim. Not to mention that I did not have any touring gear, either. 

By the beginning of the camp, I was able to gather everything I needed, and by the end of the camp I had become incredibly good friends with everyone, and I became friends with the scout lifestyle. 

There was a lot going on during those two short weeks. There is no room here to tell everything in detail, but at the end of the tour I felt in my heart that I was a scout. This feeling always renews when I go among scouts.

What do you get from scouting?

Over the years, I haven’t always had the opportunity to live near an active scout troop, but when I could, I took my share of the work.

Probably not everyone understands that it is a great pleasure to be able to give something that is of interest to society. Scouting doesn’t just give me memories and it doesn’t just mean a community for me. Scouting is not just a place where I feel good, but much more than that. Scouting offers the opportunity for a new generation that is a guarantee for a better future for humanity. It is good to be part of it.

Do you have a favorite memory from scouting?

Like many other scouts, I have a lot of fond experiences from various scout events. Honestly, every occasion is a memory, but the great experience is still the camp. 

In one of the camps, as usual, I was the cook.

In this camp, the food ingredients were brought in by the families. Everyone brought something from the list provided. Several people helped count the supply. Everything went perfectly as planned until the last day’s dinner. The plan was simple for dinner: fried beans and grilled sausage. It is relatively easy to make this meal even for a large group unless a sudden surprise happens.

The surprise happened to us at the last minute.

When the beans were almost ready and we started unpacking the sausages before dinner, we realized that carrots were nicely wrapped in aluminum foil instead of sausages. Among the many packages, only one package contained a piece of dry sausage of about 30 cm.

The scout does not panic and does not get angry or annoyed, as there is no time for that. 

We divided the sausage into as many pieces as we had scouts (40) and everyone agreed that these portions were less than enough. 

While the kids lined up for dinner and ate the beans with the slice of sausage, I and a couple others made a big stack of Hungarian crepes.

Crepes are always good, but the last day at camp for desert after dinner, it is a real royal feast. Everyone loved the surprise dessert. When 5-year-old Julika came to me, hugged me and said she never loved beans at home, but here this dinner was the best food of her life, my eyes filled with tears. Ever since then, this story is one of my favorites.

What is your personal goal in scouting? 

Each age has its own beauties and its own challenges. 

Let us do good in every moment of our lives and teach the next generation to dare to look into each other’s eyes and be sincerely in good will toward others. Respect the past, rejoice in the future, and live according to the scout rules.

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