Published on : Friday, August 1, 2014
The World Scout Conference (WSC) takes place every three years. Ljubljana will be its proud host after Brazil, Korea, Tunisia and Greece, through the efforts of the Slovenian member of the World Scout Movement – The Scout Association of Slovenia.
The members of the association convinced the majority of the 162 member states that Ljubljana is the next most appropriate host for the conference and Ljubljana thus overcame its difficult opponent for the year 2014 – Florence.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement – WOSM is the world’s largest educational youth movement, bringing together primarily young people. Nevertheless, the attendees of the conference are between 40 and 50 years of age and are successful and renowned individuals, entrepreneurs, businessmen, politicians and academics from all fields.
The distinguished guests who will attend the conference include the Nobel Peace Prize winner, former president of Poland and leader of the Trade Union Movement The Solidarity, Mr Lech Walesa, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr Alhendawi Ahmad, the President of the World Scout Foundation and others.
The goal of the conference is to examine the operational guidelines of the Scout Movement throughout the world, to establish a policy of the global organization by 2023 and to adopt the measures necessary for the purpose of strengthening the movement.
Accompanying events open for public
The opening ceremony of the conference will be held at the Exhibition and Convention Centre under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Borut Pahor. The participants of the conference will also be able to attend a varied program of accompanying events, some of them open for public.
Thus, scouts’ workshops for children will be happening at the Ljubljana Congress Square from 11 – 15 August. Scouts from 162 countries will be showing scouts’ activities and games to the visitors daily from 15.00 hours onwards, followed by scouts’ bands performances from 19.00 to 22.00 hours.
Additionally, an open air exhibiton of scouts’ photos “Youth in nature” will be held at the Jakopič’s Promenade in Tivoli Park, offering an insight into the variety of magical moments of scouting activities. The exhibition will be on display from 8 – 16 August, opening on Sunday, August 10, at 20.00 hours with a solemn address of the Mayor of Ljubljana, Mr. Zoran Janković.
Rogla will hold the World Scout Youth Forum
World Scout Youth Forum is an educational tool to support the process of developing youth participation in partnership with adults and young members in the oldest age sections. It is an event that empowers and inspires young people through a participatory approach, helping them to develop skills in decision making which can be used within Scouting and in the wider society.
The Youth Forum will take place from the 4th to 7th of August 2014 at Rogla (www.rogla.eu), a popular conference and climatic health resort. It lies at an altitude of 1517 m above sea level on the top of a plain and has a pleasant, moderate climate in the summer.
The theme of the forum will be: One tree, many branches – symbolizing the unity and diversity of Scouting. The theme will be complemented by three key concepts: Our Movement, Our Community, Our Future.
The planning committee is striving towards an outdoors-oriented event which will enable participants to return to the roots of Scouting while discussing the future of the movement