Monthly Archives: November 2011

Training Commissioners Network Meeting


In October 2010 the second Training Commissioners Network Meeting was held in Madrid. At the meeting it was decided to have a network meeting for national training commissioners once a year to share experiences and work in depth with various topics. The Magyar Cserkészszövetség (Hungarian Scout Association) generously hosts this meeting.

Read more and register for this event

Organisational Development Workshop


The OD model and its “disciplines” were presented during the Academy 2011 in Paris. The model was well received and prompted some useful discussion by the participants. We have now prepared a workshop for NSOs to help them to explore the model, its relevance to their organisation and how this could help them to progress their strategic development and growth. The first time we run the workshop will be February 2012, this event is open to NSOs who are interested in it right now and later it will be available on request.

Read more and register for the Organisational Development Workshop 2012 

Call for hosting Roverway 2016

Closing ceremony at Roverway 2009

As advised earlier this year, the European Scout Committee and the Europe Committee WAGGGS, have agreed to stage the following edition of RoverWay in 2016 to avoid clashes with other events. They are confident that there is much to be gained for young people, for the Member Organisations and National Scout Organisations, and for the two Regions. We wish to stimulate the provision of opportunities for young people to share their own views and dreams, to discover other people’s ways of life, to build things together, to try new skills and live adventures in a small international community.


With this message, we ask WAGGGS Member Organisations and/or WOSM National Scout Organisations to host RoverWay in 2016.
The attached document outlines the essential information needed for potential hosts. The candidature document should include all information considered relevant for the consideration of the Joint Committee. This may include proposals for: motto, main educational activities and experiences, venue, dates, motivation, etc.


The event is usually scheduled during the second half of July or the first half of August, when most European countries have their school holidays.


The deadline for applications, signed by the International Commissioner(s) and sent, preferably by email, to  AND or by regular post to the

Europe Office WAGGGS, 38 avenue de la Porte de Hal, Box 1, B-1060, Brussels, Belgium AND to the
European Regional Office WOSM, 5 avenue Henri Christiné, Box 327, CH-1211, Geneva 4, Switzerland

The deadline is 1 March 2012

All proposals will be considered and a final decision taken at the Joint Committee Meeting in March 2012.


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact: Anne van Nistelrooij, Development Executive, Europe Office WAGGGS at or Radu Stinghe, Director, Youth Programme, World Scout Bureau, European at


Roverway 2016 Call (English, French)

Roverway Guidelines (English, French)

Apply to be a Sangam volunteer


Do you want to experience Indian culture whilst improving your leadership skills? Do you want to make new friends from all around the world whilst being an advocate for change? Do you want to live at a World Centre whilst gaining professional work experience?

Then apply for a volunteer or intern position at Sangam World Centre!

Sangam Volunteer positions are open for 2012-2013 season. Marketing and Communications Intern (MCI) starting June 2012 and Community Relations Intern (CRI) starting July 2012 are also open. Follow the links for more information.

Applications for Sangam Volunteer, MCI and CRI are due 31st December 2011.

I have learnt where my skills lie, and where I need to focus time, energy and commitment into making myself a better person. I’ve learnt about different cultures, how differences unite us not divide us, and what I can do to make a difference in this world. – Sophie, Sangam Volunteer Monsoon 2011 from UK

For more information, please contact

Speak out for girls and young women at the United Nations!


Applications now open for CSW 56

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the United Nations, dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women – and WAGGGS is offering Girl Guides and Girl Scouts everywhere a chance to be a part of it.

CSW is the principal global policy-making body on issues relating to gender inequality. Every year, representatives of Member States gather to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women worldwide. This year the Commission will focus on the role of rural women.

WAGGGS has been bringing youth delegations to the commission since 2007, and champions the important role that girls and young women can, and must, play at the commission. It also provides a space for young women to develop their skills as advocates, leaders and change-makers and to take these skills back home and apply them to their local communities and guiding projects.

“Attending the UN CSW with WAGGGS taught me how my voice can be heard and matters at the global scale. I now understand more fully the importance of WAGGGS as an advocate for girls’ and women’s rights. I look forward to making a change and bring this knowledge back to the Girl Guides in Canada.” Rachel, Canada

You can read more here about the role that the WAGGGS delegates played at the commission in 2011 here.

Applications are now open for WAGGGS members to join the delegation for CSW 56 in 27 February to 9 March 2012. Applications are open to members who are actively engaged in projects within their national associations that empower rural girls and young women. You can download the application form here. Fully completed applications must be returned by 20 December 2011 to

WOSM Circular 23/2011 – Reporting on the Regional Scout Plan 2010-2013

Progress Report

Reporting on the Regional Scout Plan 2010-2013 – Supporting Growth in Changing Times

This is a November 2011 upadate on progress made in realisation of  The Regional Scout Plan 2010-2013  including updated reports from the Working Groups and Core Groups.

Circular (English) (French)

3.1 Sitation Assesment (English) (French)

3.2.1 Volunteering Working Group Report

3.2.2 Growth to Quality Working Group Report

3.2.3 Embracing Change Working Group Report

3.2.4 Youth Empowerment Working Group Report

3.2.5 Partnerships with other Regions Working Group Report

3.3.1 Educational Methods Core Group Report

3.3.2 Organisational Developement Core Group Report

3.3.3 External Relations and Funding Core Group Report


Read  all documents on Scribd:

Regional Scout Plan 2010-2013 Progress Report November 2011 EN

WAGGGS and WOSM candidates elected to the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe

© Council of Europe

Ilaria Esposito and Alexandru (Sandu) Coica representing the Europe Region WAGGGS and WOSM were elected to the Advisory Council of the Council of Europe at the Council of Members of the European Youth Forum in Braga, Portugal last weekend 19-20November 2011.

The Advisory Council enables youth organizations to contribute to the development of the Council of Europe’s youth policy through its system of co-management.  The election of Ilaria and Sandu to the Advisory Council reinforces the commitment of Guiding and Scouting to the development of a strong and mainstreamed youth sector which can support young people to tackle the challenges they are facing during these uncertain times.

We would like to thank all MOs and NSOs who supported the candidatures of Ilaria and Sandu in these elections within your National Youth Council or to other external organizations.  Your support is much appreciated, and if you would like to know more about the work of WAGGGS and WOSM in the area of external relations, please do not hesitate to contact the Committee members responsible:

Christos HatzidiamandisHenrik Soderman and Eri Papadopoulou.

Gain skills in speaking out to make girls heard – join our webinar!


Each year, from 25 November to 10 December, women’s organizations, advocates and activists around the world join together for the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign”. This campaign links the International Day Against Violence Against Women on 25 November with International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

On 30 November, at 15:00 GMT, we will be showing the documentary “The Hidden Truth” online. Made by a young woman in Zambia, the film tackles the issue of domestic violence and is being used as a tool for social change in local communities in Zambia.
The webinar (online seminar) will give you the opportunity to watch the film and then take part in Q&A session with the filmmaker Penelope. Penelope will talk about how she made the film and why it was so important for her to speak out against domestic violence. There will then be an opportunity to ask her questions and to download our worksheet on making films for change.
After the webinar you can use the information and downloadable worksheet to make your own short film on ending violence. You can send these films to us. We’ll show the best ones on our website and send you a special “Stop the violence” promotional pack including pin badges, wrist bracelets, t-shirts and stickers.
To sign up for the webinar email with your name, email and where you’re from, and we’ll send you information about how to join the session. Download the “16 days to make girls heard” campaign sheet for other ideas on how to take action. Tell us what action you’ll be taking by emailing