The International Commissioners’ Forum 2012 was held in Athens from the 6th to the 9th of December, under the motto “Making the Connections”. It was an honour and a pleasure for the Greek Guiding Association and the Greek Scout Association to act as hosts for the International Commissioners of WOSM European Region and WAGGGS – Europe Region.
The aim of the Forum was to strengthen the ties among Guides and Scouts across Europe and to give them the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, to agree on new targets.
Work in small groups
The Forum’s programme was diverse, offering sessions on social media, youth trends, succession planning, funding and fundraising, among others. International Commissioners had also the chance to evaluate the joint work done
by the Regions in three areas: volunteering, growth through quality and embracing change. The general feeling is that the event was very successful and accomplished its objectives.
The 146 participants from 42 countries could also enjoy the Greek hospitality; they had a morning visit to the hill of the Acropolis and a night out in Athens. Dinner at the Ancient Greek Thematic Restaurant took everyone back to 5th century BC Athens through recipes inspired from Greek writings and a night walk in the old city completed what was for most an unforgettable experience.
It remains to be seen how the results of this Forum, the seeds planted, will flourish in the coming months and lead to more rich, diverse and inspiring Guiding and Scouting projects in all Associations. It is events like this that remind us of our common goals and help us find ways to learn from each other and work together towards a better Europe.
For more information about event and some outcomes, presentations and more photos please visit icf.europak-online.net
Picture 1: Participants in front of Greek Parliament
Picture 2: Work in small groups
Picture 3: Participants in one of plenary sessions