World Youth Forum 1st part
Eduardo Fischer (efischer@COLOSSUS.RHON.ITAM.MX)
Mon, 28 Apr 1997 16:53:39 -0600
The last year we send some messages about the World Youth Forum, well it
was made in Oslo Norway before the World Conference, and I am sending to
you the Summary Report and the Recommendations made in it.
If you have any comment or question, please send me a mail
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SUMMARY REPORT FROM THE 6TH WORLD YOUTH FORUM
The 6th World Youth Forum was an historic event. For the first time it has
been directly linked to the World Scout Conference both in time and in
focus. The 6th World Youth Forum agenda concentrated on the key-topic
"Scouting for What and Scouting for Whom? which will be discussed at the
World Scout Conference at two Commissions. 50 Associations including 75
delegates and 38 observers attended the World Youth Forum.
The procedure for the 6th World Youth Forum followed the framework of the
34th World Scout Conference. Through an enormous enthusiasm and high
professionalism the 6th World Youth Forum was able to look wider and deeper
on important aspects of WOSM. The participants experienced democratic
decisions, team work, global discussions, plenary sessions and workshops.
Most of the participants had not had any previous experience on procedures,
recommendations or voting, by working in the spirit of 'learning by doing'
they were able to take up the challenge and their part in the
responsibilities to make the 6th World Youth Forum a success.
Two major Commissions were on the agenda at the 6th World Youth Forum -
Scouting for What? and Scouting for Whom?
SCOUTING FOR WHAT?
For this first Commission, the Youth Forum discussions focused on the
following questions: How is the educational mission of Scouting presented
in the Associations that belong to WOSM? How is it understood? How do young
people view that mission and the way in which it is put across? How could
it be formulated in a way that is understandable and attractive to young
people today? Should WOSM develop a Personal Values Statement for young
people and adults? (Document 4 & 5).
There were four presentations to introduce the topic of "Scouting for
What?". The first was from Kirsty Brown, member of the 6th World Youth
Forum Planning Committee and the World Programme Committee. Kirsty looked
at the Fundamentals of Scouting and how it has been applied in different
The second presentation was from Jocelyne Gendrin, member of the World
Scout Committee which looked at the role of the Scout Law and its
interpretation and the need to update it to meet today's needs.
The third presentation was by Eduardo Esteva, member of the 6th World Youth
Forum Planning Committee. Eduardo presented the statement "the man or woman
I want to be" from the Inter-American Region as a basis for the personal
development of young people.
The final presentation was from Stanislas Frossard, Chairperson of the 5th
World Youth Forum and member of the 6th World Youth Forum Planning
Committee. Stanislas showed a video with a compilation of interviews with
young people and what they had gained from their involvement in Scouting.
Participants were later divided into their International teams to discuss
this topic through the five questions that the participants had received
prior to the 6th World Youth Forum.
Additional information will be available in the report on "Scouting for Wha=
TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES
Participants were invited to take part an open air overnight activity in
patrols. The activity included hiking, canoeing and sleeping in a bivouac.
The teams discussed the Fundamentals of Scouting from different parts of
SCOUTING FOR WHOM?
For this second commission, the World Youth Forum discussed the following
questions: Who is a Scout in my country? Who is not a Scout? (age, sex,
socio-cultural background, etc.) Why? Is Scouting open to all? What kinds
of obstacles need to be overcome to make it more open? (Document 4 & 5).
Several short presentations were made to introduce the discussions.
The 'Scouting for Whom?' session was introduced by Tania Roach,
member of the 6th World Youth Forum Planning Committee and the World
Programme Committee who showed a video of what an adolescent had gained
Then there was a key note speech from Steven Sparks, a social
anthropologist. The speech gave a critical view of how an outsider sees
Scouting. He encouraged the World Youth Forum participants to look at the
Fundamentals of Scouting to ensure that they are relevant in today's'
Participants were then divided into four commissions. These commissions
were invited to discuss the topic. The discussion was in small groups,
these groups discussed a series of questions and reported their conclusions
to the plenary session.
Additional information will be available on the report "Scouting for Whom?"=
Suggestions for workshops topics were made by the participants. The 6th
World Youth Forum had two series of workshops on specific topics. There
were 17 workshops held and led by the young people at the 6th World Youth
Forum. The topics were:
Scouting and Professional Development
Refugee camps in Italy - Operation Blue Seagull
Scouting and student life at the University
Scouting and protecting the Environment
Spiritual growth of individuals
Political role of Scouting
Ready Network - youth participation through the Internet
Partnership between Scouting and International Organisations
Structure and management of an effective Scout unit
Working methods and programmes for 15 plus age groups
Youth participation at National level
Youth involvement at Regional level
"Die Fahrt" - Expeditions for 12-16 year olds
Women participation at world level
How do we increase the number of Scouts?
Youth participation at the World Conference.
Regional Commission Sessions on Youth Involvement
Following a request from the participants at the World Youth Forum, a
session was held on Youth Involvement in Regional groups.
All Regions discussed how to implement Youth Involvement at Regional level.
These groups also discussed how young people should be involved at World
level. The Regions discussed the following questions:
1. In terms of Youth Involvement, what do we want to accomplish in our
Region within the next three years?
2. How can we meet these goals?
3. How can we support our Vice-Chairperson as he/she co-ordinates youth
involvement in our region?
4. What challenges face us as we move forward with youth involvement in our
region? How do we overcome such obstacles?
5. Should young people be involved in planning and decision-making at the
6. If so, how should we be involved?
The results from this session identified that the implementation of Youth
Involvement should be at four levels, world, regional, national and
At world level:
At world level Youth Involvement will be seen directly at this World Scout
Conference through the participation of about 100 young people under the
age of 26 years.
The chairperson H=E5kon Lund will be an ex-officio member of the World
Programme Committee in the next triennium and thereby there be the a link
between the 6th and the 7th World Youth Forums.
At the World Youth Forum we elected five Regional Vice-chairpersons with
the role of leading the Forum and making inputs to the World Scout
Conference. Furthermore they will be the responsible persons for the
implementation of the decisions made by the World Youth Forum.
At regional level:
The Regions have developed an action plan on how to establish an effective
network. Support to the Vice-Chairpersons is essential and should include
support from the Regional offices.
At national and personal levels:
During the discussions the participants came up with a lot of ideas and
projects concerning youth involvement at national level, which they would
like to have implemented . It became evident, however, that every
participant has to take on personal responsibilities within their national
Each region developed their own action plan to further strengthen youth
involvement at the regional level. A summary report of the action plans
Action Plan for the Inter-American Region:
a) Informal network with a list of names and addresses
b) Contact with the Inter-American office
c) Support Vice-Chairperson
d) Develop a newsletter which will be produced twice a year. This will cont=
- implementation of recommendations approved by the 6th World Youth Forum
- youth involvement at National level
- information about special projects
- exchange ideas.
e) Involve countries that were not at the 6th World Youth Forum.
Action Plan for the Arab Region
- Increase youth participation in the decision-making process.
- Spread the ideas and recommendations which were taken in the 6th World
The Vice-Chairperson will be supported in the following ways.
- He will receive a periodic report about the different associations .
- He will be invited to participate in events in the Region.
- He will receive support when organising periodic meetings.
Action Plan for the European Region
- Focus on Youth Involvement at national level. The involvement at the
European and World levels will follow.
- Incorporate Vice-Chairperson at decision-making level in Europe.
- Promote inter-regional involvement.
- Organise regional meetings.
- The European Bureau should organise a seminar on the participation of you=
- A report will be presented every four months in French and English.
- Organise and communicate with a Network of people who were at the Forum.
- Support delegates for leadership training in Portugal, November 1996.
- The Vice-Chairperson will be the link in the European network.
- Promote the Internet as a medium of communication.
- Keep young people involved with challenges and provide backup support.
Action Plan for the Asia-Pacific Region
* When the delegates and observers return to their respective Country, they
are to endeavour to implement the new ideas learned from the World Youth
Forum in their respective units first. A firm foundation is important, that
is why it is better to concentrate on their respective units.
* All delegates and observers will work together to ensure the
implementation of the resolutions of the World Youth Forum before the 2nd
Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Forum in Hong Kong in 1998.
* All delegates and observers will take the initiative to inform the
Vice-Chairperson of the developments of Scouting in their respective
* All reports will be submitted to the Vice-Chairperson every June and
December of the year. This will give the delegates and observers sufficient
time to gather and compile information, initiate and complete projects .
* The Chairperson will make a summarised report and then distribute
information to the various NSOs.
* The Vice-Chairperson will invite all NSOs in the Asia-Pacific Region to
send delegates and observers to the 1998 Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Forum
and the next World Youth Forum. This is because such events will stimulate
a greater interest in roles of responsibility and the need for the voices
of young people in the region to be heard.
* In future National Youth Forums, delegates will be invited from all over
the region to exchange ideas.
* National Scout Organisations which face problems should advise the
Vice-Chairperson. This is to enable the Vice-Chairperson to request
assistance from the Region.
* By the end of August 1996, the Chairman of the 1st Asia-Pacific Regional
Youth Forum will submit a report on the recommendations from the Forum
enabling the delegates to follow the developments of Scouting in their
* The Regional office and the National Scout Organisations should give
their utmost support to the Vice-Chairperson and the delegates. They can be
in the form of financial, logistical and even emotional support.
Action Plan for the Africa Region
- the Vice-Chairperson will ensure that the International Commissioners in
all the Countries in the region and sub-regions are informed of the
resolutions of the World Youth Forum.
- that the Zonal Secretariat will be informed of what has been approved by
the World Youth Forum through the elected Vice-Chairperson.
- that the specially selected sub-regional representative who is a delegate
in the Forum act as an liaison and co-ordinates activities.
- organise youth forums at zonal level to share experience and harmonious
training and other Scouting activities.
- establish communication networks among regional member countries through
sending magazines, letters, newsletters and send invitations to members to
national, zonal and regional activities.
The participants came together in the spirit of Baden-Powell with a
mission, a mission to look wider. The 6th World Youth Forum was an exercise
in "learning by doing" and an opportunity to discuss important topics that
are a counterweight to today's superficial zapp-culture which often
prevails amongst young people. Through the discussions in international
teams, the small groups, and the Regional Commissions the participants were
able to build bridges over cultural differences and truly create the spirit
of a global community. The participants at the 6th World Youth Forum did
not only discuss Scouting, they lived Scouting, they were Scouting.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City