The Sessions

Draft Sessions 2018

Name of Session  Session Content
Advocacy – Action on Body Confidence programme Advocacy is for everyone! This session will bust some longstanding myths and misconceptions around advocacy, and give you the building blocks you can use to plan and run your own advocacy projects with children and young people. The session will be based around WAGGGS’ new Action on Body Confidence programme, which aims to teach advocacy skills through the subject of body confidence and self-esteem. It’s a major issue of concern that resonates with young people across the world, and one that many know well from the popular Free Being Me programme. You’ll explore key advocacy skills including surveying opinions, identifying issues and decision makers, project planning, influencing, and evaluation. Our experiential, fun session will encourage ideas sharing and network building.
Diversity and Inclusion: Achieving our Ambition This session will focus on fundamental diversity and inclusion concepts (for example, unconscious bias and micro inequalities) and why they are important for us to take into consideration in the work we do, for example as vehicles for membership growth. The session will share best practice examples from countries participating in the UPS programme which we hope will inspire participants to consider how they can put these into practice in their organisations.
The Global Goals and how you can take action to achieve them! This session will strengthen WAGGGS and WOSM leaders to facilitate learning by young women and men about the SDGs and build their leadership practice & community engagement competences, resulting in those young people taking action to change the world through the efforts to achieve the SDGs. Participants will learn how to use an innovative crowd sourced learning platform called and undertake group missions to learn about the SDGS. The Sustainable Development Goals are the most ambitious plan for positive change that the world has ever created, learn how you can be part of the action!
Communication & Growth TBC. Using new technologies and social media to make our organisations grow.
New Resource: Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming Toolkit This session is a must for anyone not yet familiar with the brand new ER WAGGGS Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming Toolkit and how it can be used by any member organisation. After the session you will know why the toolkit is relevant to you and your organisation no matter your level of engagement (local, regional, national) or your focus (Membership, Programme, Finance, Relation to Society, Structure and Management and Training).
Do not leave Academy 2018 without becoming acquainted with this super useful and relevant new material!
Gender and Diversity perspective on growth TBC. During his session participants will be guided to look at their MO from the point of view of stereotypes and how these impact our MOs. This session will demonstrate how paying attention to gender and diversity will open up new opportunities for growth for your organisation. You will learn to identify and plan actions to use diversity and gender to your advantage in developing a strategy for a vibrant, thriving and modern organisation.
Making leadership accessible Does leadership in your organisation reflect the composition of your membership or the society around you? It often takes special effort and attention to reach diversity in leadership and to make leadership accessible to leaders representing diverse backgrounds and with different backgrounds. As we discuss the different accesses to leadership and training sessions in our “guiding home”, we learn which assumptions are helpful to make leadership accessible for all members. We think about (un)concious barriers and our general conception of how leaders should be. Making leadership accessible begins with noticing the not-so-visible biases and barriers to leadership that may result in our organisation recruiting and retaining not-so-diverse leaders. In this session, you will explore ways to enable leadership development in new ways that make it available to new groups of potential leaders.
Gamify scouting/guiding – use technology to enhance training and programme Guides and scouts are master gamifiers. We add storylines to training and activities to give it an extra dimension and enhance the learning experience. In this workshop we explore how we can combine the concept of gamification with technology and explore how this can be used for creating online tools that support our training and educational programmes. With examples on online scouting tools and through experiential learning we come up with tips for how you can use gamification in training and programme.
Come and explore how to gamify your online learning tools !
Peace education for Scouts and guides The idea of peace, creating a better world for everyone and friendship lies in the heart of scouting and guiding. Robert and Olave Baden Powell have been great promoters of peace, as well as are both global organizations nowadays. Currently especially under the theme of diversity and as part of joint work related to motions in refugees.
This session will explore values and competences required for Scouts and guides to Live in harmony with oneself, others and natural environment.
Througout the session participants Will get familiar with mindfullness, non-violent communication and interreligious dialogue as methods od obtaining Peace and creating peaceful environments.
Teachings of different religions will be presented during the session.
In the shoes of the migrants: playing the “game” of their journey to safety This is a joint WAGGGS and WOSM session, aiming at raising awareness about migration and refugees situation in Europe today, as we are mandated to by the European Conference.
Our working group “Human Rights and Refugees” has just created and published the game “In the shoes of the migrants” and we are eager to let as many people as possible get to know it and receive some hints about how to best conduct it and adapt it to one’s own organisation (
A board game to understand that fleeing war or persecution has nothing to do with a game! The participants, by teams, will play the role of different kinds of migrants (fleeing mostly persecution because of race / sex / religion / political opinion, but also climatic change and war) and will face a journey to Europe, going through the steps that may occur in real life (crossing the border, being hosted in a centre, submitting the application, appealing the decision to the Tribunal), including obstacles, which may make it very hard to get to the end (corruption, racism, shortcomings in the reception system and in the procedure).
Moreover, they will be asked to share stories they have heard of, answer questions about migration and discuss about key problems related to the phenomenon, by confronting ideas and giving themselves the possibility to change their minds.
The game will end with a collective recap, in which each participant will be asked about how he/she has lived his/her path, what he/she has learned, and will also find out more about the characters of the other teams and reflect on how one’s status can change along the way.
Opportunities for Guides and Scouts on international political platforms Taking representation to the next level – time to explore international representation! In this session we will explore the different international political platforms on which WAGGGS and WOSM are active and give an overview of how participating in them is accessible for members. This session will also include work around our shared values (non-formal education etc.) and how we incorporate these into our external representation, giving a unique contribution to debate and policy influencing.
Advocacy & Youth Policy TBC. Join this session and get a unique opportunity to build an effective campaign and practice these skills developing their own campaigns. We’ll woek in how to influence and improve youth policies at national and local level, drawing on examples from the European level.
How to find funding strategies and opportunities This session is about how to design a funding strategy, on a national and on a regional level.
Empowering teenagers to be changemakers For more than 100 years, Guides and Scouts have been taking action in their communities and speaking out on the issues that matter to them. As a Guiding/Scouting leader, how can you help groups everywhere to plan, make, lead and share positive change in their community? This session will give you tools to help your group of 14+ years old plan a community project or an advocacy campaign and become changemakers.
Exploring your leadership practice This session will explore the new WAGGGS leadership model to empower Guiding/Scouting leaders to be inspiring, empowering role models who create safe spaces for young people to be themselves, take the lead in their lives and develop resilience and confidence.
What makes a quality youth experience? This session will explore the characteristics of a quality youth experience: how do we make sure our programmes are relevant to young people? how do we celebrate diversity in the experience we offer? how can your youth programme empower young people and make sure they take the lead in choosing and planning activities?
Mapping Your M&E System The session is an introduction to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as a vital business process of the MO. The session is a combination of both conceptual learning and practical applications of the M&E processes to help each MO understand and improve their existing M&E system. Having a robust M&E system would allow the MO to have evidence-based decision-making, and produce evidence about the work they are doing to girls and young women.
Mapping Your M&E System (part 2) This is the second part of the ‘Mapping Your M&E System’ proposal I sent. The second part will focus on the practical applications of the steps on how to set-up an M&E system that will be discussed in the first part.
All great speakers, were bad speakers at first Have something to say and you don’t know how? This session is for you!
This session is designed to help participants with the ability to speak out on issues they are passionate about and get their messages across confidently. Participants will learn how to adapt their message for different audiences, tackle difficult questions and speak engagingly in public.
From a whisper to a shout – 1 What if you had the power to prevent violence from happening in the first place? Voices against Violence is a one-of-a-kind non-formal education curriculum among young people to improve their knowledge, awareness and attitudes on violence against women and girls. Upon completing the curriculum, youth were expected to take advocacy actions within their communities to prevent/address violence against women and girls. For the first time ever we are offering a two part session for national trainers or programme volunteers to be trained in the programme.
From a whisper to a shout – 2 What if you had the power to prevent violence from happening in the first place? Voices against Violence is a one-of-a-kind non-formal education curriculum among young people to improve their knowledge, awareness and attitudes on violence against women and girls. Upon completing the curriculum, youth were expected to take advocacy actions within their communities to prevent/address violence against women and girls. For the first time ever we are offering a two part session for national trainers or programme volunteers to be trained in the programme.
The New Scout Method The New Scout Method A new Scout Method??

At the World Scout Conference in Baku in 2017, the description of the Scout Method was updated in WOSM’s Constitution, and this session will explain why it was updated, how it was updated, and what the result was-

The session will also give you an opportunity to work with the new description of the Scout Method in more detail, and provide experiences with assessing Youth Programme elements for their implementation of the Scout Method.

Scouting happens when young people are offered learning opportunities that are experienced through the Scout Method to fulfill the purpose of Scouting.

Let’s make Scouting happen!

Growth strategies This session will help you design a strategy for your organisation growth, using different perspectives and tools and sharing best practices from other countries.
Strategies for tomorrow 1 (Strategic Planning step 1) Mission, Vision, Values, and what else? Why are these things important and shouldn’t there be new concepts to strategy development? And what is the Organizational
Development Model ODM? Together with YOU, we will try to answer all these questions. You will learn about the advantages of a strategic approach in Guiding and Scouting organizations. And don’t worry, we are current and will present you trends and tools that matter in 2017. You will be able to work with the 2016 European Scout Region’s ODM concept and the WOSM Strategic Planning Toolkit. And you will understand, that strategic planning helps you to sustainably solve many of your organizational challenges.
Strategies for tomorrow 2 (Strategic Planning Step 2) You love jumping out of your comfort zone? You love interactive sessions? You love to become part of an interesting story? Well, then you are absolutely right in this session. This is all about you. In a small group you will work on the inspirational story of the Scouts of Saxofonia and you will help them to overcome current challenges. The method we use here is that of “case studies” in the sense that it usually is being used in international business schools. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to properly analyze the situation of an NSO/NSA/MO and based on that to develop a proper strategy idea. You learn how to apply the Organisational Development Model and understand what it needs to set up an organisation that is ready for the future of Guiding and Scouting.
Leading change successfully Change Management? Really? Again? It might not be the first time you enter into the concept of change management. It is not new, but it is highly relevant, highly practical and highly effective in changing times and challenging organisational situations. In this session we will work with you on a holistic picture on change management, including useful theories and frameworks, tools and methods but also tips and tricks. If you have experience or you don’t: this does not matter. This session helps you understanding change management and can help you to be more effective and more efficient in how you manage your organisations and your change projects.
Governance  What should a national board be doing? What is a strategic role and what is an executive role? What is good governance in Scouting and Guiding? All these questions and many more will be discussed in this session. Not only will be discuss the individual role of members of the national board. We will also develop a better understanding of what policies, structures, tools and resources an organisation needs for good governance. And we will see if governance of the past also applies for the governance of the future. This session works with concrete examples and makes participants understand their own NSO/NSA/MO better. It is an advanced session, so participants are expected to be able to work on concrete questions themselves.
How to manage a risky endeavor, crash course in risk management We are so experienced in what we are doing, our organisations are managed based on Scout values for many decades, some of them for over a century. And we are aware that we have to take safety measures while running our activities. When some things go wrong, they normally really go wrong – and this goes much beyond safety measures. This session will prepare the Scout and Guide Leaders to effectively identify and manage organisational risks. We are using a scenario-based method to make this workshop as interactive as possible. The focus is on organisational risks, practical tools and concrete solutions. We are not talking about how to avoid an accident or what to do in case of fire. We are looking into risks such as lack of volunteers, lack of money, lack of time.
Social responsibility and ethical behaviour: The story of integrity management Ethical behaviour, code of conduct, conflict of interest, stakeholder management, internal audit, and much more. This is what Integrity Management is all about. In Scout and Guide Organisations, we think that we are good people and we behave – always. But is that really the case? Are we really prepared to be successful in ethical behaviour or is this just happening because we are nice people? In this session, we will enter the world of ethical organisational behavior and compliance. We will discuss how we can be prepare to avoid any unethical behaviour. And we will see a lot of examples from other organisations. So you will go home with a lot of ideas and impressions from best practices form all around the world.
Telling Your Financial Story – Taking the fear out of finance What is financial management? How the finances can be used for showing the status of your organisation? How to run finances? How to plan them?
Go Scout & Guide Abroad: Managing International Mobility
Scouts and Guides frequently cross borders for short/long term changes in careers/study. This provides Scout and Guide Associations with opportunities and challenges. This session will examine how these challenges can be managed and how these opportunities can be leveraged for the benefit of participants, hosting and sending associations.