- Opening of the meeting – Mama Goose and José Carlos
The Mama Goose, Maiken, and the Director of CNFA, José Carlos, opened the meeting at 9.30 am. Maiken thanked everyone for their presence and expressed her satisfaction in being Mama Goose and the dedication of the staff at the Camp Staff Seminar.
- Report and update from each Centre
- Houens Odde
- How to further explore the capacity of the camping areas/activities
- Fundraised for facility projects, however struggling with the restrictions and regulations by authorities
- Youth Island –a new project by the Danish National Council
- Kapraluv Mlyn
- CMC 2015 was a success
- World Environmental Seminar was a highlight of the past year
- Challenge: large french and German groups – learned about the max capacity of their water installations
- Positive outcome after financial crisis
- Good overnights in 2016
- Challenge: more people than max capacity and infrastructure needs improvements, specifically the hot water on the campsite
- Focus for the next year to improve staff experience
- Infrastructure – Building backup power station – Building a new werkhof for equipement and machinery – Bought a boat
- Society, Spring and Autumn school leaves, Sea rescue units/trainings
- Camps – Big camp called Boomerang – confirmation camps
- Our Chalet
- Difficulties with numbers, big cancellations
- Good Autumn season guest wise
- Challenges: Hot water tank leaked; dish sanitizer broke; New boiler will need to be installed for the main buildings;
- Next year is 85th anniversary
- Good KPI’s, highlight is kitchen manager who improved quality of meals very well
- Good feedback on staff
- New Centre Manager – Olle
- Shortage of Camp Staff
- Challenges with some structure – overdue maintenance to obstacle courses, raft ferries, etc.
- Good fixed tents that helps groups
- Good overnights and finances
- Application for Scenes
- Re-developing the corporate image
- Implementing the Scouts Go Solar training
- New Badge with activities and requirements
- New Programme with Solar Cooking
- New Concept: get offline – no phones, no internet, no clocks, just you and nature.
- Challenges with structural changes on the Foundation board and leadership
- Visits to other Scout Centres and focus on Volunteers has been great
- Lots of opportunities for the coming years, with requests and inquiries. Possibility to expand on the capacity of the camping facilities to up to 8000 campers
- National board meeting at Ransberg after 28 years suggesting it.
- Sao Jacinto
- Difficulties with finances as the facilities are old and the income is not very high due to low fees
- Around 10.000 overnights and some international campers, but no international staff members
- Reviewing the programme
- New website – joined page for the staff and the guests
- Programme – black smithy , still under development
- Built a storage for pioneering poles in cooperation with Houens Odde.
- Material Yard – It is very organised with a log book and catalogued with all that is there, and now has ben fully organised
- Zellhof – E-Mail
- Have had an excellent and very demanding season. They have been very happy to participate in the past and Lisa had a great time at the Camp Staff Seminar.
- They would like to host the Goose conference in 2018.
- Bucher Berg – E-mail
- Also had a nice summer but is lacking staff to send to the meeting.
- Hope to participate in the Camp Staff-seminar
- International Scout Centre Rustavi – E-mail
- Not able to participate in meeting
- Still wish to host Goose Camp Staff seminar 2018
- Nocrich Scout centre – E-mail
- Not able to attend due to Romanian national Jamboree meeting.
- Have a staff member who is interested in being part of planning team for the Camp Staff Seminar
- Griebal Scout Centre – E-mail
- Asked to attend, but never heard back.
- International Centres Day (ICD) – Our Chalet
Nikki (Our Chalet) explained what the activities were for this year’s ICD and awarded the prizes fort he winners. There was a discussion regarding the low attendance to this years ICD, and the conclusion was that the date during Summer was unfortunate and the Centre’s couldn’t find staff for it.
For 2017, the manager’s meeting has chosen the 23rd of September 2017 as the date for the next ICD. Kapraluv Mlyn has shown interest in organizing it, this has been confirmed afterwards by e-mail.
- Camp Staff Seminar 2016 at Rotterdam
Maiken explained the programme and the activities that were run during the seminar this year in Rotterdam.
The centre’s considered the inputs from the evaluation and discussed the purposes of the Camp Staff Seminar and that we would like to review the guidelines towards the Camp Staff Seminar. Maiken has presented a draft of the „job description“ of for the host Centre.
Martin thanked Rotterdam for taking this challenge and hosting the event of 2016 in such a short notice. A thanks was extended to the planning team.
A work group has been set up with Felipe (KISC), Martin (Vassaro) and Kirstine (Houens Odde) to review the objectives and draft detailed descriptions and guidelines to this event. The deadline is the 30th of November 2017.
- Camp Staff Seminar in 2017
Planning Team proposals and selection of the host Centre for 2017.
a) Hosts for 2017 is Næsbycentre
b) Hosts for 2018 is Rustavi ISCR
c) Future Planning Teams :
Names were mentioned for possible members of the planning team of 2017 and Maiken will be in touch with them. Anna from Vässarö, Katrine from Næsbycentre, Andreea from Nocrich, Maiken from Næsbycentre, one from ISCR,
Houens Odde has offered to host the Camp Staff Seminar in 2019.
- Guideline/expectations regarding Camp Staff seminar – Maiken
This subject was covered in item 5 and will be addressed by the work group.
- Report on Staff Exchange 2016.
Naesbycentre reported that they sent 2 staff on exchange to Zellhof and to KISC. The staff have not yet written any reports.
Marketa is going to be asked by Maiken if she would like to stay as a coordinator. The managers proposed changes to the role of the coordinator which will be implemented in the Mission Statement and uploaded to the website, and informed to the coordinator.
- Goose Game / activity – Tobias
Tobias reported that all the materials are on the website. The centres are meant to update their information on the website.
The different centres reported that generally the game is great but many are still implementing it.
Tobias and Joey said they are happy to stay as coordinators but they wouldn’t mind if new people wanted to take over and bring new ideas. The Centres feel that now that the game is established, they wouldn’t mind to maintain the current structure before making more changes. No one else was interested in coordinating, so Tobias and Joey will remain as coordinators for another year. Maiken reminded that we will need another coordinator soon.
- Goose Network website – Maiken
Maiken pointed out that a big part of the website is not up to date and proposes that every centre should have a login. This was endorsed by all.
- New Goose Network Members
Scout Camp Ransberg was accepted as a full member of the network, unanimously.
Stevningehus was accepted as a candidate centre for a year. If during this year they are active in the network, they will then be accepted as full members at the next Managers Meeting.
The present managers went through the current list of members of the network and agreed that some centres should be contacted by Maiken if they would like to remain members, and in that case they should be active, otherwise they will be invited to leave the network.
Also we brainstormed for interesting centers to invite to join the network. Maiken will contact these with an invitation for the Network.
- Mama Goose – Maiken
Maiken was elected as Mama Goose for another year, unanimously.
- Centre of the month – KISC
The members present felt the activity was worth while, even though it didn’t work perfectly at first. Maiken proposed to take this back on track as of January 2017. The members felt a coordinator was needed in order to make the activity really effective. Paulo (Drave) volunteered to be the coordinator.
All centers need to update the template and Maiken will re-invite all to the dropbox with documents.
- The result of the center impact survey and possible updates – Martin
Martin presented the work that was done to measure the impact Scout Centres across Europe have on Scouting.
- Next Goose Network Meeting 2018
Dates of the meeting and hosting centre to be discussed and agreed on.
- Zellhof has offered for 2018.
The dates for the next Goose Network Managers Meeting are dependant on the location for the next CMC 2017, which has not been decided yet. As soon as a decision is taken, the network will be informed.
- Any other business
- Refugee oportunities
Felipe (KISC) mentioned the opportunity to support foodKIND a charity organisation initiated by scouts that organises mission trips to refugee camps and delivers food and compassion.
- Maj’s goodbye
Maj announced that this is probably her last meeting and thanked everyone for the good times working together.
- International Opportunities
There were suggestions on how to explore international marketing by taking part in international events. In 2017 many NSOs will have their national jamboree (eg. Norway, Denmark, Sweden, USA, Spain) and the planning teams are looking for international opportunities, such as Scout Centres that can do promotion or run programme.
- KISC Academy
Every year KISC organises a leadership and management training for their long term staff called the KISC Academy, it focus on training the staff for running the Centre. KISC is happy to invite staff members from other Centre’s to take part in the KISC Academy. Dates will be shared when confirmed.
- Goose Handouts
There was a suggestion that having printed handouts about the Goose network would be a good way of explaining what it is. There are many challenges to that, including budgeting. Maiken will sent some thoughts to Our Chalet, they will make a design and sent it out, next year we will evaluate on the handouts.
Maiken closed the meeting at 17.30 on Saturday the 8th of October 2017.
Minutes by Felipe Marqueis