Category Archives: Communication

Call for Participants: Fundraisers Network Meeting


The European Scout Region and Scoutisme Français are happy to invite you to the Fundraisers’ Network meeting that will be held between 25-27 November in Paris.

This meeting offers NSOs and NSAs an opportunity to share best practices, challenges and needs in the field of fundraising, with a focus on Private Donors.

Volunteers and/or staff members working with fundraising at national level in their organisations and board members working on financial strategy are warmly invited to participate.

The participation fee for this event is 230 euros and does not include travel to the venue but covers the accommodation on the 25-26 November.

Please register online for the meeting before 24 September 2016 by using this link

Want to know more? Please read the Circular 17_2016

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Paris for the Fundraisers Network Meeting 2016!


Online Videos of the 15th European Guide and Scout Conference


Only one month ago delegates of all MOs and NSOs of the two Regions of WAGGGS and WOSM came together for five days to discuss and adopt Regional policies, strategies and general orientations for the next triennium. They elected the Regions’ governing bodies, the Europe Committee WAGGGS and the European Regional Committee of WOSM.

During the Joint Conference, all delegations discussed matters of mutual interest and approve joint actions, which are also integral part of the Regional Plans agreed by the respective separate conferences.

If you have missed the experience live in Norway or if you want to relive those moments you can now access the official videos at the following link.


Regional Circular 18– Funding Opportunities

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We are pleased to provide you with an update on Funding Opportunities available to NSOs and NSAs from the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

The document is a working tool for all NSOs/NSAs, aiming to offer comprehensive information about the different funding opportunities and gives an overview of the available funding opportunities, with useful information and direct contacts.

Particular attention is given to deadlines and procedures to enable you to be aware of the amount of time and preparation required for an application.

– Regional Circular 18 2016: Funding Opportunities Overview (English,French)

Call for WAGGGS workshop facilitators for Roverway 2016


WAGGGS is  looking for leaders with experience in the Rovers and Ranger age group at local, regional, national or international level.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a large-scale European event, Roverway 2016,  for Rovers and Rangers organised by the WAGGGS Europe Region in partnership with the European Scout Region, and hosted in 2016 by the French Member Organization.

Please share the call to ensure all interested and qualified candidates have the opportunity to apply for this exciting role!

You can download the information sheet in English andFrench which includes description of the role and profile of the required facilitators Roverway 2016.

To apply we kindly ask:

  • The candidate to complete the online application form by 14 February 2016
  • The candidate’s International Commissioner to confirm her/his approval of the application by sending a quick email to  by 14 February 2016. WAGGGS will not be able to consider any application unless we have received the IC’s approval.
  • The candidates and their International Commissioner will be informed of the results of the selection by the 29th of February.

If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact Manuela Capraro

The “Heroes in Red” help create a better world for refugees

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (40): a story about the activities run by the Scout Association of Macedonia at the border in Tabanovce (MK)

After thousands of kilometres on the road, in dinghies and boats, in buses and overloaded trains, frequently moving form one means of transport to another, and often walking for days, refugees and migrants “finally” arrive at the border crossing in Tabanovce. Thousands of them, each with their own story, why and how they left home, determined to get to their final destination, which they quite often do not know where it would be.

It is in Tabanovce, where Scouts from Сојуз на извидници на Македонија (SIM), the Scout Association of Macedonia, have been involved in refugee and migrant support activities aver since the flow of people began seeking better futures elsewhere. Quite early, they got organised and formed a special Scout Emergency Team, which coordinates the different support activities.

“With each bottle of water, warm meal, pair of socks we hand to them whilst getting off the train, it felt like giving them strength to go on”, says Milan Petrusevski, one of the Scouts.

Working with volunteers from other organisations, the Scouts are doing everything that is in their power to help the refugees and migrants during their transit through Macedonia in a safe and fast manner.

So far, members of the Scout Emergency Team have provided medical help to refuges and offered moral support. They have put up road signs to direct them towards the border of Serbia, so that the transit is easier and securer. In Tabanovce, the team set up an information desk, where refugees and migrants can find answers to their questions and seek advise. The Scouts helping out at the Info Desk are easily recognisable with their red jackets.

“While preforming our everyday routine, assisting those who come to the food stand, I could not help but notice one of the children hunched nearby. The boy was alone, no one around him and shaking from the cold. I approached him, gave him some food and water. But I could not leave him like that so I gave him my hat and my gloves, too. He whispered something to me, but I couldn’t understand what he said, so one of the older refugees translated it to me. The little kid was thankful for the “heroes in red”, recalled one of the members of the Scout Emergency Team.

In order to ease the refugees’ transit through the country, other Scouts have dedicated their time and help run various activities, such as collecting food, clothes, toiletry articles and toys. Across Macedonia, many local Scout Groups are involved in this type of refugee support activities. They are also helping bringing the collected items to the different distribution centres, through which refugees and migrants pass on their way to the Serbian border.

“These activities demonstrated that both our Scouts and the local communities across the country are ready and willing to support”, comments Viktor Petrusevki, from the Scout Emergency Team, “The biggest reward we get is a “Thank you.” Two small words, uttered with a mild smile, but with eyes full of fear of what has happened, the horror they have lived through and the uncertainty of what might lie in front of them.”

What had started in 2015 for the Scouts of Macedonia as spontaneous organised volunteering in support of refugees and migrants, with a clear focus on logistical and coordination activities, has since become a daily routine. It is all for that one cause: helping to create a better world!

“And as the days go by, the river of refugees keeps on flowing. The cold and rainy days fail to keep us away from our tasks, so we keep on being there: we continue meeting thousands of new faces, brief encounters that leave huge impressions.”

“Sometimes we find the joy and beauty of volunteering in places that cannot be seen with the naked eye. At the end of the day the most important thing is to keep that spark of hope each one of us feels burning and give more reasons to keep it lit.”

(c) Picture and contributing authors: Angjela Nikolikj, Vlatko Kostovski, Сојуз на извидници на Македонија