1st World Scout Education Congress Report
The 1st World Scout Education Congress was organised in Hong Kong from 22-24 November 2013. It brought together almost 500 onsite and over 1,450 online participants, mainly active in the areas of Youth Programme and Adults in Scouting.
The purpose of the Congress was to offer Educational Methods experts from across World Scouting a platform to share experiences, assess the relevance of the Movement in today’s society, and point a common direction for the future development of Scouting – ultimately re-positioning education of young people as the core of Scouting.
As an event, the Congress set a new standard for organising World Scouting events in the 21st century, through the collaboration of a global delivery team consisting of volunteers and staff from over 60 countries, wide involvement of external partners and expertise, and the facilitation of extensive digital engagement, with online participants from 148 countries.
The Congress explored the variety and impact of current global trends and found that Scouting – while remaining true to its core values – necessarily will need to adapt itself to fit the needs of modern society, both regarding Youth Programme content as well as the ways we deliver and promote Scouting.