30 participants from 19 countries arrived in Kandersteg International Scout Centre for the second SCENES (Scout Centres for Excellence in Nature and the Environment) seminar. Participants arrived from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK.There are already 11 SCENES centres around the world and following this seminar with hope that this number will increase.
Environment is a key concern for young people and adults around the world and Scouting has an opportunity to help Scouts learn more about nature in a very active way. Scout Centres and Scout Campsites also have an opportunity to use good environmental management practices. Environment education and environment management are two of the three core elements of SCENES. The third element is a natural area – another essential element of Scout campsite and centres.
During the week the participants will be experiencing the elements of SCENES that are present in Kandersteg International Scout Centre and seeing how these are adapted in a Scout centre situated in a small Alpine village.
SCENES has a great potential. Updates on the discussions and outcomes will be given as the seminar progresses. Participants came to the seminar with some expectations of their own:
Image 1: Steve Kingham, Branch Commissioner Environment, Scouts Australia
Steve has come to the seminar to present the Queensland report from the current SCENES centre in Australia, Eprapah. He is planning to network with the representatives of the other SCENES centres and look at the feasibility of Woodhouse in South Australia becoming a SCENES centre.
Image 2: Eun Seon Yim, Assistant Manager, Membership and Programme, Korea Scout Association (KSA)
Eun Seon wants to make a SCENES centre at the campsite where the 17th World Scout Jamboree was hosted, located in Mt. Sorak. Mt Sorak has been designated a national park in Korea and is home to over 2,000 animal species such as the musk deer and more than 1,400 rare plant species such as Edelweiss. KSA is planning voluntary service around the campsite such as cleaning hiking trails.
Image 3: Michal Medek, Environment Education Consultant, Czech Republic
Scouting in the Czech Republic will be developing a SCENES centre in the Moravian Karst (an area of limestone with caves). This is a multi-million Euro project and the sum of 2.4 million Euros has been received from European Structural Funds. The project will start in November 2010 and it is hoped that it will be completed by 2012 for the Centenary celebrations of Scouting in the Czech Republic.
Image 4:Marisol Mayorga-Castro, Volunteer and Group Leader, Costa Rica
Marisol is happy to represent the Interamerica Region at the second SCENES seminar. Iztaro in Costa Rica has just been designated a SCENES centre and she is hoping that it will become a model for other SCENES centres in Spanish speaking countries.
Image 5: Hague Doc Vaughan, Member of the National SCENES Committee, Scouts Canada
Hague is at Kandersteg to present the Canadian approach to putting SCENES into practice based on their experience in Camp Nemo, the second Canadian SCENES Centre. He hopes to get comments and suggestions before putting the approach in practice across Canada.
Image 6: Sarah Rees, Deputy Manager, WAGGGS World Scout Centre
'Our Chalet', situated in the valley beside Kandersteg is starting to incorporate elements of environmental education into the programme and sustainable management of the Centre. Sarah has come to the SCENES Seminar to learn more about SCENES and share experiences.