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The National Programme Commissioners' Forum was held near Helsinki, Finland, from 6-10 September. It attracted more than 90 participants from 25 countries. The aim of the event was to enable respresentatives of Guide and Scout associations in Europe to share ideas, experiences and tools relating to youth programme development and implementation. The event was a great success, but reviewing and adapting youth programmes to the changing needs and aspirations of adolescents and young people will certainly remain a top priority for several years to come.
Consult the new European section of the World Organization of the Scout Movement's website at www.scout.org/europe. Here you can find up-to-date information about the strategic priorities (Youth Programme, Adults in Scouting, Management, Growth and Finances), coming events, key publications and reports of recent seminars and events. Links have been established to numerous member associations, as well as to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre. Please visit our site and tell us what you think! Why not drop-in during the 1st World Scout Jamboree-on-the-Internet, taking place over the weekend 18-19 October.
Euro Y Information Centres developed activities for young people during the summer. Stevninghus Spedercenter in Denmark has welcomed lots of young people and offered them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new technology in the field of communication. Feux Nouveau - Mèlan in France connected to the Internet and can now offer to their visitors the possibility of searching on the Web and exploring the Euro Y Info web site. Carrick GCB in Belgium worked a lot on the promotion of the project. They helped in developing the Euro Y Info web site and participated in the organisation of Euro Y Info workshops during Eurofolk. Pfadfinderdorf Zellhof in Austria hosted a Euro Y Info seminar in August. Participants from all over the World discovered the project, developed new tools and updated the Euro Y Info web site. They organised activities with the campers staying at the Centre giving them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new technology. They all encourage you to explore the Euro Y Info web site at the following address: www.wagggseurope.org/euroyinfo
Lesley Bulman, from the UK, took up her appointment as Director of the World Bureau WAGGGS on 1 September. Commenting on her appointment, Marianne Karstenesen said, "Lesley brings a variety of skills and much experience to the World Bureau and more particularly what is needed at this stage of our history as a World Association." Lesley qualified as a teacher, ultimately becoming a Headteacher, before being appointed Head of Education at the Industrial Society in 1989. In the early 1990s, Lesley was Programme Director for the Duke of Edinburgh's Seventh Commonwealth Study Conference, before moving to the position of Senior Manager, Special Projects with CRT plc, a specialised, recruitment and training consultancy. From 1995, Lesley was seconded to the Labour Party where she was Policy Adviser. Lesley was a Girl Guide for many years. We are delighted to welcome Lesley to WAGGGS.
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"Autumn is upon us, and a new 'year' has begun for our Scouts and Guides. They will look back to the summer - to their camps, the friendships made, the activities tried, the skills learned. More importantly, they will start to look forward to the future - where will they go, what will they do, who will they meet? This is what is important for them - and so, therefore, for us. We are here to help all of these young people to develop themselves in every way we can - they are our future. Let us not forget that in the months ahead."
Director of Kandersteg International Scout Centre
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