söndag 24 maj 2009

Nordic Scout Conference in Kristianstad

About 90 people from all Nordic countries were gathered in Kristianstad this weekend, a meeting that is held every third year. The agenda included many different sessions, discussions and presentations, and the jamboree was the theme for Saturday afternoon. A few Nordic scouts are already involved in the Planning Team for the jamboree and during this session the meeting participants got more information both about the jamboree in general and about how to get involved in the planning in different ways. One way is of course to join the planning team, but scout groups from the Nordic Countries will also play an important role in hosting Camp in camps in the south part of Sweden and arrange Home Hospitality for the jamboree participants.

Of course the afternoon also included a visit to the jamboree site. The sun was shining, and the ground was dry even since it was heavy rain the day before. We love the sandy ground!

The day ended with a fantastic dinner hosted by the Kristianstad municipality at a local restaurang. As well Kristianstad as all Nordic countries give us a fantastic support and show there will to be involved and to work for big contingents and many visitors. We are so happy for this commitment!

So another great weekend in Kristianstad is over, but I will be back in two weeks at the extended council meeting were all department teams ans section heads are invited and we hop to be over 100 people!

lördag 9 maj 2009

Euro Arab meeting

This weekend I have the privilege to attend the Euro Arab meeting that this time is held in Åhus, just a few kilometers from the jamboree site. About 60 people from both the Europe and the Arab region are attending and the program has been full of workshops, presentations about projects and informal meetings. Yesterday we also did an educational tour to Malmö and on the way back we made a stop at the jamboree site, which was very much appreciated. It is something special to walk around on the empty field and try to imagine what it will look like with 30 000 scouts running around.

Today the jamboree team had a few hours to present the jamboree and to discuss a few questions where we like to get input from the different countries. The theme for the workshops were Faith & Beliefs and Contingent support, and a lot of interesting aspects and ideas were raised and the planning team will take them with us in the preparations.
Tonight we will enjoy a dinner which will be hosted by the municipality of Kristianstad, the number one jamboree town.