(WSBERO/Geneva) - "Developing Scouting. Supporting Growth." is the title of the Regional Scout Plan 2013-2016 (RSP) of the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Initially adopted during the 21st European Scout Conference in August 2013, the RSP has now been finalised.
Over the last weekend in January 2014, members of the European Regional Committee and staff of the European Regional Office will meet with thirty volunteers from National Scout Organizations (NSO) all over Europe at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) to plan relevant actions and determine performance indicators.
“The Regional Committee and Office have been very busy since last summer”, says Andrea Demarmels, Chairperson of the European Scout Committee, “and as requested by the delegates of our Region’s member organizations at the Berlin Conference last summer, we have just circulated the finalised Regional Scout Plan and the outline of the operational framework which will help us achieve the objectives it contains.”
The new RSP has been prepared based on the inputs received during and after the 5th European Scout Symposium in Dublin, Ireland (April 2013), on the decisions made at the 21st European Scout Conference in Berlin, Germany (August 2013), and on the inputs received between September and December 2013 from the volunteer Coordinators of regional working groups as well as from staff members of the European Regional Office. And following the Conference’s request to have a longer horizon, the new Regional vision statement now presents a view towards 2019.
“Diversity and Inclusion and Youth Empowerment are the two strategic objectives for the new Regional Scout Plan”, explains Christos Hatzidiamandis, the Regional Committee’s Vice Chairperson, “These two strategic objectives are underpinned by our three core service areas, which are Educational Methods, Organisational Development and External Relations and Funding. Core services ensure the continuity and permanence of the support to National Scout Organisations (NSOs) and National Scout Associations (NSAs) over successive triennia”.
And Christos adds: “Collaboration with the Region’s close partners, which include the Europe Region WAGGGS, Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) and others, as well as with the five other Regions of WOSM, is seen as being important in enriching our Region’s work. And for them to provide meaningful support to NSOs and NSAs in Europe, these partnerships need to go beyond institutional relations”.
“In parallel to the implementation of the Regional Scout Plan 2013-2016”, announces Andrea, “the Region will also be looking into the longer-term future of Scouting in the light of scenarios concerning the development of society and young people in Europe. This forward-looking exercise will no doubt provide an input for future Regional Plans”.