World Scout Academy engages thousands of NSO leadership and volunteers
Thousands of National Scout Organization (NSO) leadership and Adults in Scouting exchanged best practices and engaged in learning opportunities during the World Scout Academy which wrapped up during a closing session with the Scout Movement following eight weeks of innovative online programming. The new global initiative was part of World Scouting’s emergency response to support NSOs and volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the course of eight weeks from June to August, more than 4,000 participants from 138 NSOs tuned in to learn about using technology to connect with local organizations, keeping young people healthy and safe online, running recruitment campaigns for Scouts and volunteers, developing strategies for NSO growth, and more.
In total, 64 online live sessions were delivered across 23 learning paths to equip participants with the relevant knowledge and skills to successfully lead their organisations and facilitate Scouting during these challenging times.
“For many National Scout Organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges around member recruitment and retention, financial sustainability, and altered the way in which organisations operate,” said Jacob Murray, Director of World Events who led the team organising the World Scout Academy. “The Academy was designed to support NSO leadership and Adults in Scouting as they face their new realities, and help them embrace new ideas, strategies, technologies, and ways of working to continue to deliver Scouting to young people around the world.”
In addition to offering a platform for peer-to-peer learning and exchange, the Academy also created an environment for NSOs to share their experiences. The Academy hosted 15 NSO-led sessions presenting projects and best practices from the grassroots level focused on everything from humanitarian response to global citizenship education to diversity and inclusion.
“The World Scout Academy has certainly been a great benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has brought Scouts and NSO leadership from around the world closer together and provided an opportunity to learn more skills for the future,” remarked Amr Emad Elalimy, a Scout Leader from the Egyptian Scout Federation.
The full details of WOSM’s Plan for 2020-21, Growing Stronger Together, were also presented during the closing session of the Academy. The plan builds on the outcomes of the 2017-2020 Triennial Plan, continues our commitment to growth, and lays a stronger foundation for the next Triennium, while working towards achieving the Vision 2023 as the Strategy for Scouting.
Session video recordings, key Scouting resources and other online content delivered during the World Scout Academy are available on demand for NSOs and Adults in Scouting at learning.scout.org