Twenty two members of staff from the World Scout Bureau - Central Office and the 6 Regions -joined by João Armando and Mari Nakano, members of the World Scout Committee supporting Educational Methods, met in Thailand from 12 to 16 September to discuss several key matters related to the ‘Youth Programme’ and ‘Adults In Scouting’ aspects concerning World Scouting today.
Updates from World Scouting’s Priority Area Working Groups (for the triennium 2011-2014) were discussed in detail and progress was assessed mid-way through the triennium. The four Priority Areas are: Youth For Change; 21st Century Leadership; Our Strategic Path and; Global Support System. Ideas were discussed as to how the Regions (Africa, Asia, Arab, Eurasia, Europe and Interamerica) can use the work being done in the Priority Areas and can have a strong involvement for further work in the 2nd half of the triennium.
World Scouting’s flagship initiative, The Messengers of Peace (MoP) was presented with a special focus on the MoP Global Network component. Discussions on this topic were revolved around how MoP Global Network, and MoP in general, can help the different areas of work being undertaken in Educational Methods.
There was a large proportion of time dedicated to discuss the reinvigoration of Scouts of The World initiative. The current situation was analysed with sharing of examples and updates from various countries to understand how Scouts of The World is progressing in different parts of the world. Ideas were discussed as to how any challenges can be overcome by simplifying the processes and removing all hurdles to enable maximum take up of Scouts of The World by Rover Scouts around the globe. The Team also explored how the MoP Global Network can link into the Scouts of The World initiative.
One of the key outcomes of the meeting was the conceptualisation of the World Scout Educational Forum. Following-up on the decision taken by the World Scout Committee in March 2012 to develop an event solely focussed on the educational aspects of Scouting, the team worked on this from 3 different angles: which topics should be covered in such an event; which innovative working methods could we use; and what would be the expectations and outcomes for the participants and the National Scout Organizations. The outputs from the discussions were brought together in a concept paper and proposed to the World Scout Committee that met at the end of September. At its meeting, the World Scout Committee endorsed the concept and preparations are underway for this unique event in World Scouting’s history. The World Scout Educational Forum has been scheduled to take place in November 2013. Further details will be made available in the coming days through various communication channels of World Scouting.
Apart from the above key areas, the Team also discussed several other matters concerning Youth Programme and Adults In Scouting, notably, Gender Policy, World Programme Policy, Educational trends, Spiritual Development, Keeping Scouts Safe From Harm and Scouting In Schools.