Theme: “Youth Initiative in the Development of Scouting in Eurasia”
17 young scout leaders. 8 countries. Batumi, Georgia. 7-8 September 2010.
Only two days before the 4th Eurasia Scout Conference took place the 1st Eurasia Scout Youth Forum. Mario Diaz, the Vice Chairman of the World Scout Committee was the one who said in his speech: “There are regional youth scout forums worldwide and we were missing only yours. So congratulations on filling this gap”. Indeed, Eurasia scout youth was in need of its own Regional Youth Scout Forum, so the countries send here their youth representatives to express ideas, thoughts, share experiences and discuss about the movement and its future in the Region.
Young delegates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine were divided in 3 main groups, working on the 3 main priorities of the Regional Strategy and Action Plan for 2010-2013:
- Strong national scout organizations: good governance and improved collaboration;
- Better Scouting for more young people: an attractive youth program and membership growth;
- Scouting profile: strengthened communications and image.
After many constructive discussions, all work was resumed into recommendations, which were further presented at the Regional Conference.
Beside the work on the strategy, the NSO delegates presented successful experiences of implemented projects, as well as proposals for joint programs. Some of the NSOs have great collaboration with scouts from other regions, others work more on national programs; some have set as a priority environmental activities, others focus more on the social side; some focus on the reaching out, while other reach back to their old member scouts for support- but all are committed to the Scouting cause.
As well, the Forum delegates got some real useful information from Saad Zian, Director Adult Resources and Volunteer Development of the WSB Central Office, on the World level Initiatives and programs: Scouts of the World Award, World Scout Environment Program and Gifts for Peace. Now it is time to proceed on the projects and get involved.
Overall, we like to consider it was a success. That’s what the evaluation part confirmed. Farther evaluation will come from the participants themselves, their NSOs and their future actions. But a thing is sure, after these days of youth empowerment, we’ve got a plan!
On behalf of the 1st Eurasia Youth Scout Forum delegates,