During the opening session of the 39th World Scout Conference in Curitiba, Brazil, representatives from 47 NSOs/NSAs who recently celebrated 100 years of Scouting were presented with a certificate recognising this achievement.

Of the 47 NSOs/NSAs, 21 were from Europe.

Looking to the future, there will be more centenary and other significant milestone celebrations in the coming years. Associations can use these special moments to implement a number of actions that can assist with development and growth.

Scouting celebrated it’s worldwide centenary in 2007 and in the run up to that special year, the European Scout Region produced a Euro.Scout.Doc resource entitled ‘Using Scouting’s Centenary for Adult Recruitment’.

Much of the content of this resource is just as useful today and if you have a centenary or milestone anniversary coming up, the Euro.Scout.Doc might be a source of inspiration.

The promotion for the resource states the following:

Our Centenary is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in exciting programmes and show the world what Scouting is all about. We intend to make the most of this unique year so that we can develop better Scouting for more young people in more communities around the world.

It is also a challenge for us to use the opportunities in 2007 to develop Scouting in our associations. It can be used as a method to achieve our goals and strategy rather than a series of separate events. In addition, your association may have its own Centenary in the year or years shortly following 2007 and this should also be seen as an opportunity for development.

The Adult Resources Core Group has produced a Euro.Scout.Doc on the topic of ‘Using Scouting’s Centenary for Adult Recruitment’. It is intended for those people working in National Scout Associations who are looking at ways of using the Centenary in 2007, or their own Centenary beyond 2007, to support adult recruitment efforts, in an effort to meet increased demand from young people. It can be used nationally to help devise recruitment strategies or locally, by adults working in the field.

The document was informed by discussions at the ‘Workshop on Adult Recruitment’ that took place in December 2006.

Download this Euro.Scout.Doc in various languages here:

If you are planning some actions relating to a centenary or milestone celebration and have some ideas to share with others, leave your comments below.

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Craig Turpie

Craig comes from the United Kingdom and was Chairman of the European Scout Committee and a Member of the World Scout Committee. He was following the Region's work on Organisational Development. Craig was also a committee contact for Andorra, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia and Spain.

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