- Regional Scout Plan 2016-2019
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Macedonia, The former Yugoslav Republic of
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
The word on Youth Empowerment is out and we are beginning to see how it is causing an impact in the associations. In 2015, Romania organized its first Rover Forum. We asked Cristi Stavarache, from the planning team, to tell us this story of youth empowerment from his own empowered perspective.
“In 2015 we organised the first Rover Forum in Romania. Because the Rover section in Romania only began six years ago, we wanted to know if the system is working. What are the problems being encountered? What changes are needed, if any? Is our symbolic framework and individual development system adequate? These were themes of our first Rover Forum.”
“Besides, we also wanted to include a discussion about youth empowerment, because I participated at the youth empowerment session during the Agora last autumn, which I found interesting and very motivating. That why I thought that we could use a session at our Forum to show that you can do things and be motivated. As Rover Scouting is still in development in Romania, there are a lot of things to do and to figure out. This session was great for the participants because it helped them develop their perspectives of how they can achieve things.”
“There were a number of workshops and the participants were encouraged to think about the problems and challenges they face, such as lack of motivation, and those linked to the transition from the Venture to the Rover Section, which needs to be more direct and focused on taking responsibility. There was also a creative platform session in which the participants developed some projects that we strongly suggested that they implement with their local groups once back at home:”
What was the hardest thing for you in organising the event?
“We had no background of any event like this, as this Rover Forum was the first edition. We had to figure out what exactly we wanted to do, what we had to do. I knew some of the people in the team, but not that well. We really had to talk that through in the beginning and see what were our real needs, as well as get an idea of which outcomes we wanted to reach. After that, things got easier. Not easy, but easier.”
Looking back, what aspect of the Rover Forum makes you the happiest?
“Well, the feedback from the participants was excellent. They really thought that this kind of event was needed. They liked that they could bring something to the table and they went home convinced that they could change something about the Rover Section in Romania. And they appreciated that their voices are heard and taken seriously. Because, in the end, it is about them, not about us, the Cubs, the Ventures or the Leaders. It is about what they want. I think, finally, their voice got through and they were really excited about that.”
Youth Fora are increasingly occurring in National Scout Associations across Europe, fostering young people’s participation in the discussions that concern them and involving them in decision-making processes in associations.
Is there a youth forum in your country? Would you like to know more about youth fora and/or how to organise one? Read the document “For Rovers, by Rovers: Guidelines for having a successful Agora” published by the European Scout Region of WOSM.
Rupert comes from Austria and is the Executive Assistant to the Regional Director. His responsibilities include internal and external communications and administrative assistance in Regional events.
European International Scout Camps – Summer 2017Based on information made available so far, the European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movemente (WOSM) has put together a (non-exhaustive) list of national jamborees organised during the summer of 2017 in Europe. Maybe one of these international camps is exactly what you were looking for?
15th European Guide and Scout ConferenceThe 15th European Guide and Scout Conference (15egsc) and the concurrently held 15th European Guide Conference (15egc) and 22nd European Scout Conference (22esc) took place from 17 to 21 June 2016, in Melsomvik, Norway.
#ScoutGuideSupport #RefugeesBetween September 2015 and May 2016, the European Scout Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movemente (WOSM) and the Europe Region WAGGGS regularly shared stories featuring Scouts and Guides involved in refugee and migrant support activities in their local communities.
Google TranslatePowered by Google Translate.
The Official World Scout ShopThe Official World Scout Shop offers an ever-growing range of high quality Scouting products. It is the only authorised supplier of World Scout items, and ALL profits go directly back to Scouting.
What did we write about?Africa Arab Region Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Educational Methods Environment Europe European Scout Committee European Year of Volunteering 2011 event finland France Germany Growth Growth through Quality GSAT Jamboree Junak kandersteg Networking Organisational Development Partnerships Partnerships with other Regions peace Portugal PPÖ Regional Scout Plan Romania Rover Scouts Scouts Serbia Slovenia Spain Switzerland training Turkey Unguvu VCP Volunteering WOSM Youth Youth Empowerment Youth Programme