1. Project Goals:
Strengthening the relationship among children and youth who represent varied cultures, religions and ethnic groups in Israel by using scouting activities and workshops.
Improving communication between children, youth and teenagers by providing information and acquainting them with information about each others culture, customs, lifestyles, family, community structure, education features, history, heritage and ideology (religious and non-religious).
The effect: Building of a broad base for cooperation between all the scout organizations in Israel, their members and youth from different cultures of Israel.
Using graduates from all the scouting organizations of Israel to take part in the implementation of the project in order to establish a healthy, broad and sustainable base that will result in contributing to improve all aspects of cultural cooperation to improve the quality of life in Israel.
Providing joint scouting experience through The Israeli Boy & Girl Scouts Federation (Israels umbrella scout organisation).
2. Program rationale:
The guidance program specifies the implementation of co existence workshops covering a wide range of topics whose objective is a continuous development process at different levels.
Ongoing meetings that will result in increased dialogue, understanding and cooperation between the culturally different participants through the breakdown of previously held attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes resulting in the building of cooperations and friendships.
Initially workshops will break down barriers and participants will increase their knowledge of each others cultures. Activities will be based on different themes to expose and allow the participants to get to know each other through different directions and activities that are based on the common interests of the participants.
The Circle of Friends project will be an integral part of a range of Federation projects that will enable continuous and harmonious contact amongst the different scouts associations of Israel and their projects.
The project will provide the graduate with the relevant scouting tag the capacities, skills and tools to lead and facilitate Circle of Friends activities and allow members of the Hebrew Scouts 10th grade members to take an important part of facilitating initial meetings.