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Experiential Environment Education Training Seminars

1st Jan 2009

Two training seminars are being offered to European National Scout Associations, free of charge with thanks to the support of the Alcoa Foundation, to support adults in Scouting with the delivery of the World Scout Environment Programme, using experiential education. This approach is based on the Scout Method and offers support for engaging Scouts in learning by doing, particularly with regard to exploration of the environment and natural world.

The first seminar will be held at Jambville, Paris 12 - 14 June 2009 and the second seminar will be held at Fritz-Emmel-Hause, Frankfurt 11 - 13 September 2009. A third seminar will be made available to Eurasian Regional National Scout Associations from 2 - 4 October in Moscow.

The seminar will be delivered using a variety of methods to actively engage participants with the experiential education style. The seminar will include exploration of the World Scout Environment Programme content and application within NSAs; sharing of local environmental education programmes of NSAs and the environmental values and challenges found in each participants country; participating in and developing experiential activities; how to bring environmental education into regular Scouting activities; exploring different learning styles of adults and young people; and communicating Scouting and environment stories. The Scout Method will be used during the seminar and will include group discussions, outdoor exploration activities, presentations by participants, peer-led and trainer-led activities.

It is expected that NSAs will nominate a small team of people to attend the training seminars in order to support the implementation of the training after the seminar within their NSA.

The participants team:

  • 2 or 3 from each NSO/NSA
  • approximately 30 participants per seminar
  • 7-10 NSOs/NSAs at each seminar

Characteristics of the team:

  • have a national remit – training and youth programme
  • have an interest in environment education
  • need to understand adult learning in Scouting and our approach to training
  • need to be competent in facilitation and presentation skills
  • need to be recommended by their NSO (application signed by International Commissioner)
  • have a gender balance
  • able to work in English and hopefully another working language of the kit
  • computer literate
  • include a youth member – under 25 years old
  • commitment to further development after the seminar and feedback to WSB.

Each participant will receive a World Scout Environment Programme Kit and materials to support the delivery of the World Scout Environment Programme using an experiential education approach. Participants should familiarise themselves with the contents of this kit which can be downloaded from: www.scout.org/wsep

For more information, please download the invitation and application form (pdf or doc) from the related files column.

Applications close Friday 22 May 2009 and should be submitted to:
Rod Abson
Unit Manager, Environment Education
World Scout Bureau
Rue du Pré-Jérôme 5
Geneva 1205 Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 705 1010
Fax: +41 22 705 10 20

Picture: Exploring a solar cooker at the World Scout Jamboree
© WSB / Jean Pierre Pouteau