Encouraging more people to volunteer is a daily task – 365 days of the year. If you consider the committed work of volunteers of all ages around the globe, carrying out every imaginable kind of activity, International Volunteer Day should be a day that never ends. Accept our thanks for your volunteering commitment.
The European Scout Region has made available a basic registration software system originally developed by Lietuvos Skautija, Lithuanian Scouting. The system is free for National Scout Organisations who are interested in using it.
Another important step has been recently taken to give to more Scouts the chance to visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre and experience the Permanent Mini-Jamboree!
The WOSM – European Region and the Europe Region WAGGGS jointly are now launching a European Voluntary Service project where some young volunteers from all around Europe will offer their time and service with the aim to ensure support to MOs and NSOs in the preparations and implementation of 2011, the European Year of Volunteering.
Twenty years ago the UN adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child. This means that for 20 years children around the world have certain rights that must be respected. To celebrate this anniversary, the European Commission has launched a poster competition with the winning entries receiving the chance to travel to Brussels to receive the award!!!
Following the Workshop on Recognition held on the Scout Academy 2008, experts from the Scouting Gelderland, a support partner of Scouting Nederland at local level in Gelderland, worked with regional training commissioners of KFUM, Denmark, presenting their work done on developing their Training System using an approach based on personal competencies.
José Filipe Sousa, a young Leader of AEP - Portuguese Scout Association, was elected President of the Portuguese National Youth Council (CNJ) in the General Assembly held on 6-7 February.
As part of their Tailored Support requests, four National Scout Organisations expressed the need for software for membership registration.
Tine Radinja, Chairman of the European Youth Forum and a representative of European Scouting, recently met Ms Andruolla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multiculturalism and Youth, to engage with her as part of a delegation from the Youth Forum on her main objectives in the field of youth.
The United Nations is organising a competition to create an advertisement for the information campaign on the Millennium Development Goals. The aim of this competition, organised by the United Nation European Ads Against Poverty, is to encourage talents in advertising, graphic design, marketing or any related fields and to stimulate world leaders to confirm the promises made in 2000. Inspire people and involve them in the work to fight against poverty to reduce it, reduce hunger worldwide and reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Deadline for applications is 15 June 2010!
Scouts and Guides all over Poland are providing help during all the events in Warsaw to commemorate victims of the government plane crash in Smolensk (Russia) on Saturday, April 10th. All 96 passengers including Lech Kaczynski, President of Poland, his wife, many other political, religious, military officials and civil servants were killed on their way to a Katyn massacre memorial service. Among them there were our friends, Scouts, and the officials honoured with the title ‘Reliable Friend of Scouting’.
Junak – the Association of Scouts and Guides of the Czech Republic is looking for a motivated young international volunteer that would like to commit for the development of Scouting in the Czech Republic, in particular joining and supporting the International Team.
Also in 2010 the European Scout Region has been granted with an important financial support for its work and administration of the Brussels office from the EU Commission through the Youth in Action Programme and from the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.
On April 23-25 European youth organisations met in Brussels on the occasion of the European Youth Forum’s (YFJ) Council of Members. Based on the proposal of European Scouting the Forum adopted a set of priorities for the International Youth Year 2010, proclaimed by the United Nations.
The triennial network meeting of National Programme Commssioners from European Scout associations – the European Programme Developers Summit – took place at Château de Jambville, near Paris, between 6 and 9 May 2010 and was attended by 21 participants, from 10 countries.
The first European Region Podcast is online. It is about the Survival strategies for the 21st Century , a philosophy which is used by many different organisations and which we have broken down to make it accessible for Scouting.
The Scout Organization of Serbia in cooperation with Green list of Serbia organized a national Cub Scout event called “5th of June – My Day” in the capital city of Belgrade and celebrated the World Environment Day.
Over 1 Billion people live in extreme poverty today, they cannot wait. Despite the MDGs, the aid given, the strong political commitments - their situation has changed. What can you do? You can enter the “Music against poverty” contest 2010.
At the end of a busy afternoon attending different preparatory sessions and various network meetings, everybody left the Conference venue. It was time to celebrate.
On the afternoon of the 19th July 2010 the 20th European Scout Conference elected the following volunteers as members of the European Scout Committee for the term 2010-2013;
The African University on Youth and Development (AUYD) took place from 4 to 12 July in Cape Verde and brought together approximately 150 Youth leaders, mainly from Africa and Europe.
The University, organised by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and its partners, provided the opportunity for youth organisations and their elected representatives to meet together in order to share experiences and knowledge, and to learn and contribute in the various sessions and training courses.
This learning space proved to be a successful example for the possibilities of the implementation of the Africa-EU Strategic partnership.
Take the opportunity to join a humanitarian experience and discover the reality in the field of how young people are acting in the reality of situations of violence and armed conflict.
50 Participants from all around Europe met at Guadarrama, near Madrid, Spain for the Training Commissioners Network Meeting. A very intensive and active event produced a lot of exchanges and new ideas for work and cooperation.
More than 100 representatives from Youth Organizations and National Youth Councils met about the same number of governmental and institutional delegates and discussed together how the dramatic situation of youth un-employment in Europe can be tackled in order to improve life conditions for the young people.
Board game for young people to play in Patrols.
"Among the elements of the Scout Method, the Patrol System is one of the most important, as it emphasizes peer education and collaboration as well as strengthening social skills, leadership and involvement in decision making. The “Patrol Game” is a board game that two or more Scout age patrols can play and learn more about themselves as teams, as well as exploring their strong and weak points.
Ever since its inception, The Academy has grown in many perspectives, with the edition just held having more than 200 participants and many learning opportunities delivered through 25 different sessions.
Slovenian Scouts were deeply saddened by the death of Miloš Miovic, the oldest participant at the 21st World Scout Jamboree in 2007. He passed away on November 1 in Maribor, Slovenia. The energy he projected, the wisdom shared and the witty remarks given often left us speechless. He has been and will remain a true inspiration.
A four-day Training of Trainers course was organised in the period 3-7 November, 2011 in an old monastery of St. Joakim Osogovski near the town of Kriva Palanka in the north eastern part of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Over the weekend of 6-8 November, Bandalag íslenskra skáta (BIS) held a "national academy" in their training centre at Laugar in Saelingsadl. Approximately 100 leaders attended the weekend, representing all of the Scout Groups in Iceland. Workshops were held on a variety of topics with lots of time in between sessions to allow participants to get to know each other and to discuss mutual challenges and opportunities.