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The third official Scouts of the World Award (SWA) discovery workshop was successfully held from 22nd to 24th April 2010 at the Scout of the World Award Base located at the Kaengkrachan Riverside Scout Camp (KRSC) with the support of Greenpeace. Attended by 23 Rover scouts and non-scouts, along with three observer leaders and 13 staff, they shared lots of new ideas for SWA, environmental, development and peace issues. The theme for this workshop was “Episode : Strengthening the future by our Hands ”.
The Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides has run 3 Scouts of the World Discoveries in 3 Environment protected areas. These discoveries was through 3 years (2008 – 2010) as part of the Egyptian trial for the Scouts of the World Programme.
The initiative came from a cooperation between the Sea Scouts in Cairo and Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) as main partners along with Cairo International Scout Centre and Faculty of Agriculture in Ain Shams University. In this regard, The Egyptian Federation for Scouts and Girl Guides accredited the Sea Scout Centre in Cairo (Hares) as the first Scouts of the World Base in Egypt.
Running activities in the middle of an alpine setting, experiencing an international environment and helping scouts from all over the world to have the time of their lives; that’s the kind of things you can expect on doing when you volunteer as staff at Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC).
KISC, founded by Baden Powell, is the World Scout Centre, with enough different nationalities together, among staff and guests, to hold its name as the “Permanent Mini-Jamboree”.
KISC is also one of the best places to learn about the Scouts of the World Award, and experience first hand what is it about.
Scouts of the World Network
Scouts et Guides De France have offered to run an event to develop plans for a Scouts of the World Network from 25 to 30 August 2010.
This is a key part of Scouts of the World but a formal network has not yet been established.
This event is open to Rover Scouts and leaders in NSOs that are running or are planning to introduce the Scouts of the World Award.
Two events to support the development of the Scouts of the World Award will take place in Kandersteg International Scout Centre from 30 August to 4 September 2010. A Scouts of the World Discovery will be organised for Scouts aged 15-26 years old in the area of environment/sustainable development, and in parallel there will be a seminar for Rover Scout Commissioners and Trainers who are interested in developing Scouts of the World in their Associations. The seminar for Commissioners and Trainers will cover all three aspects of the Scouts of the World Award – peace, environment/sustainable development and community development.
If you visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre during winter, you can bet there will be tons of snow and lots of exiting activities to do at and around the centre. Every season, scouts from all over the world meet at KISC and volunteer as staff, running the centre for three months while having a great time. Last winter we also had the chance to learn more about the Scout of the World Award and start drawing all sorts of projects we would like to do at our local communities.
In January, 2010, Ten Young men and women from all over the country gathered for two weekends for the first time in Costa Rica to explore, respond and take action within the Scouts of the World Award.
Over an extended weekend the Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouten (LGS) held their first SWA Discovery at the end of November 2009 at their national training centre and Scout of the World Base in Neihaischen. The LGS have a 20 year history with development projects that involve the Rover Scout section, every three to four years many members depart to regions in need of development to work with local Scouts or other youth organizations. This part of the Rover Scout program has now been adapted and integrated into the Scout of the World Program.
The last Scouts of the World Discovery Workshop in 2009 saw new partners and participants for the Singapore base. In order to better accommodate the participants, the workshop was held at a new venue – the National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI) from 17 to 19 October 2009. Apart from five Singapore Rover Scouts, there were five Bangladesh Rover Scouts and two Maldives Rover Scouts. For the first time, two non-Scouts joined the workshop after hearing much from their Scout friends. Mr M M Fazlul Haque Arif, Deputy National Commissioner (International) of Bangladesh Scouts also attended the workshop as an observer.
The first Scout of the World Discovery took place at St. Andrew Scout Centre in Athens on the 13-15 November 2009 and was organized by the Scouts of Greece (Soma Hellinon Proskopon). Thirteen (13) young leaders and members of Scout Networks from all around Greece participated. The issue that was explored during the Discovery was “Refugees”. The participants had a chance to meet refugees and their children, discuss with lawyers dealing with the subject, psychologists, social workers, representatives from the police authorities and members of various NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations).