We are an international team representing Ecuador, Germany, Lithuania, Thailand, Kenya, France, Sweden and Australia, all carrying the picture of a fluffy, cat-looking creature called Lynx (‘Ris’ in Slovenian), attached to our scarfs with a clothespin.
The first day of WSYF is nearly to an end, and we are all looking forward to an amazing week with heaps of fun, along with the opportunity to exchange thoughts, ideas and experiencing the excitement of discovering similarities, differences and common goals of scouts from all over the World - working together to influence our movement.
So far, we have had the chance to not only get to know each other (over a rainy picnic with activities in the deep forests around Rogla), but also the different WOSM regions, their challenges and successes. Getting an insight in not only the global perspective on Scouting, but the regional views and processes, has been one of the highlights of the day. Hearing about best-practices and challenges in our regions has indicated both the amazing diversity in our movement – and our common challenges, despite cultural, social, religious and geographical differences. Bottom line: we all share the challenge of not only ‘involving’ youth, but actualizing the fact that we are a Youth Movement – on all levels.
Until next time,
The Lynx team