Goose campstaff seminar 2019

This year camp staff seminar was hosted by our Danish member Houens Odde. The planning team consistent of Lars and Rikke Marie (Houens Odde), Diana (Nocrich scout centre), Jan (Bucherberg) and Ewoud (Papa Goose).

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With participants from Vassaro, Drave, Buitenzorg, Bucherberg, Kapraluv Mlyn, Burg Rieneck, KISC, Houens Odde, Naesbycentret, Scoutscentrum Rotterdam and Zellhof a good part of the network was present at the seminar.

During the preparations we had several Skype meetings and decided to do some small changes to the program and had our last meeting at Wednesday at Houens Odde. Also part of the participants arrived on Wednesday and the last ones arrived on Thursday during the afternoon. The evening started with one of our great meals we enjoyed during the seminar.

The Thursday evening we spend to get to know each other and the information about the Goose Network and the possibilities within the network. We took some time to explain the meaning of an exchange and visit other centers.

photo2 staff seminar 2019On Friday morning we had the Green Day. It started with a tour to the A-center where we did all kind of different nature activities guests from Houens Odde can play. Also they showed us their new nature workshop and their surroundings which is a new nature reserve area.

Also we have been introduced during lunch to Vekla. This is one of two weeks at Houens Odde where the volunteers come to Houens Odde to prepare for the upcoming season. We had a great lunch together

In the afternoon Natasja and Pia gave a very inspiring workshop about the SDG’s. We worked with the different SDG’s and made some program for on the centers for working with the SDG’s. There was a group busy with thinking about introducing a SDG badge on the scout centers. Another group has thought about a possibility to reduce or ban food waste on the campsites and the possibility for a food bank for new groups arriving at the scout centers.

In the evening we enjoyed the presentations from each centre during my center my country. Because there was a German group preparing their summercamp and we invited the volunteers from Vekla it was pretty busy during the evening.

On Saturday we continued with the Scout Center Day. We did all kind of activities in the morning like axe throwing, archery and team building. Where during the afternoon we played the Goose game and went out on the sea. Of course we also took advantage of the great sunny weather during the day to do some important networking.

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During the evening we looked into a new workshop regarding the hazards and risks at a scout centre during the Scout Center Safety, and ended the evening with an informal gathering and the possibility to look at a documentary about the ecological footprint of eating meat.

During the last full day we had a packed program with all different kind of workshop. We went from challenging yourself during “the life begins at the edge of the comfort zone” to discussing about different topics during the “market of possibilities” and tools for managing projects.

After a festive dinner we went on for the closing ceremony. Unfortunately due to a very dry nature, we weren’t allowed to make any fire, but the have a great chapel at the campsite. After all we can look back to a great seminar. A lot of information, experiences and of course fun is shared between the centers and participants.

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Thanks to everybody who made it possible to have such a great seminar.

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Minutes Goose Meeting 2018

Centers present at the meeting: Griebal (Laura, Antonio), Our Chalet (Sarah, Simone), Nocrich (Diana, Nadejda), Houens Odde (Soren, Jacob), Drave (Paulo), ISCR (David), Naesbycentret (Cecilie, Maj), Kapraluv Mlyn (Michal, Pavla, Igor) Burg Rieneck, (Sonja) Scoutscentre Rotterdam (Sandy, Olle), Zellhof (Michi, Marketa) Papa Goose (Ewoud)

Received input for this meeting: Kandersteg International Scout Centre

  1. Opening of the meeting

Short welcome to everybody and a special thanks to Zellhof for hosting the meeting. For this meeting Papa Goose received from every centre a response about being present or not being present except from BPpark and Úlfljótsvatn.

KISC couldn’t manage it to the meeting but send some input to Papa Goose.  

  1. News from each Centre

Houens Odde: Had several centre camps with around 1500 scouts. They saw an increase of participants in August and are looking if they have to extend their centre camps but therefore they need more volunteers. They tried to do a lot with Scouts go solar but there isn’t that much sun in Denmark.

Our Chalet: They try to adopt more activities from WAGGGS when they have a less crowded period. At this point they have around 15 staff members, which is less than other years so they have to adapt their program to it.

Burg Rieneck: There is a big renovation of the castle going on, which give a lot of other kinds of troubles. They want the renovation done before summer next year when the castle (as a Scout centre) is celebrating their 60thyear anniversary. In September the new staff member (for a year) have started. Their mid-century camps are a big success with lots of different guests.

Naesbycentret: They did 5 weeks of camps instead of 6 due to the challenge to get sufficient staff. During summer they managed to get some new staff. They build new toilet buildings and a shed for the blacksmith. They want to build a new house and hope to finish that in 2020.  In their shop they introduced a new system with an Ipad so that works more quickly and reducing chance of mistakes.

Zellhof: They had a very good year and they hired a new maintenance staff member. They are busy transferring knowledge to the next generation in the staff team. There is a new boathouse in the middle of the town.

Nocrich: They have had more campers and more local people coming to the centre. The locals come to the centre for the pottery workshops. Also more Romanian scouts are coming to the centre.

Kapraluv Mlyn: There was a record breaking summer with the amount of visitors, but it was also a very demanding season for the staff members. Erika (Úlfljótsvatn) visited the centre.

Griebal: Had a good summer with around 3000 scouts on site. There is a shortage on staff. They have a big building project on site, but they get help from professional builders.

Drave: They launched a new app, and bought a new car. They had more international guests this year and incorporate their surroundings in their program with: plant a tree; see the stars and scouts go solar.

International Scout Centre Rustavi: had a nice year with around 20 staff members. Still developing a lot of infrastructure (Multi sports building, swimming pool). They see an increase in German scouts visiting the centre.

Scoutscentrum Rotterdam: Discussion within the centre about less non-scouts overnights but more scouts overnights. Their water obstacle course has been opened (Moi Gekloi). For the Roverway they were a landing zone and they also had some paths visit them.

  1. Members of the Goose Network

New members: There aren’t any centers known who want to be a member. During the year there was a question from “Fonte Dom Pedro Camp” in Cantanhede, but Papa Goose haven’t had a reaction about the information he send to the centre about Goose.

Candidate members: On the candidate list is also Stevninghus. After a call and en e-mail to Stevninghus they haven’t given a reaction. So it is decided to remove them from the candidates list. If they want to become a member they can send in a new request.

3a. Being an active member

As we agreed last meeting (2017 Úlfljótsvatn) we would finish the discussion about being an active member.  And we agreed to the following.

The Goose network is formed with the thought that centers want to meet each other more regular than once every two years. This is also a guideline for the question about being active. Only visiting the meeting at CMC isn’t enough to qualify as an active member.

Does a centre have to be at every event? Of course it would be nice that a centre can attend every event. The camp staff seminars and the Managers Meeting are part of the Goose Network. But there is also an understanding that it is not possible to be present at every meeting due to activities or others reasons.

Being active also means that when the network reaches out by e-mail there will be a response. It isn’t a problem for example that a centre can’t come to a meeting or seminar, but a message that a centre can’t come would be very nice to the one who organise the meeting. For this meeting Papa Goose made several phone calls to centers whom didn’t response to the e-mails.

We also agreed that we want to give centres a warning when the meeting thinks they are not an active member. There will be a new status introduced to the Goose Network. Next to the status of candidate and member there will be a review status. The network can decide in their annual meetings if a centre should be put on a review status. The status gives a warning to the centre that if they want to be a member of Goose they should be more active in het network.

In the next annual managers meeting the centers can decide if the center should return to the status member or won’t be a member anymore.  For that centre there is always a possibility to request for a new membership.

The meeting also requested Papa Goose to inform the meeting next year about the response the centers had during this year if an e-mail is send by him.

Several people mentioned that they really hopes that this will finish all the talks about being an active member or not, because the network should be about sharing ideas and exchange information and not talk about being active or not. It is the choice of every centre of itself to be a member, and with that choice are also some responsibilities.

3b. Review status

BP Park is put on the review status. Papa Goose will send them an e-mail with this decision. The e-mail is send on 13-11-2018

  1. International Centre Day

The ICD for 2018 was a success. The participants enjoyed their time. The winner for 2019 is Kandersteg (but we already knew that). It has been very nice that the results of the ICD were known very short after the game. So for next years please announce the winner as soon as possible.

Zellhof mentioned they needed more time because they were late. And Our Chalet regret they we’re up in the mountains. For Burg Rieneck the ICD was at a busy arrival day.

To try to get as many centers to participate the meeting wants to try a new schedule. On a Friday the assignments will be send out to all the participants/centers and the closing time will be on Monday. Also the request to the organising centre to give a couple of weeks prior to the ICD how many staff members and participants should participate at least.

The 2019 ICD will be organised by KISC! The date will be communicated as soon as possible.

  1. Future Goose meeting

2019: It will be prior to the CMC. Tanya and Felipe are representatives for WOSM and WAGGGS. Felipe is the chairman of the planning team. By the end of the year they will announce the date and location of the CMC.

2020: Nocrich will host the meeting from 9-11 October

2021: Will be held prior to the CMC

5a. Camp Staff Seminar

2018: ISCR. There were 14 participants, and it was a good event where there were different workshops about: sustainability, SDG, personal development, SCENES, Scouts go Solar. For ISCR it was their first Goose event. The seminar was shortened to three days because of the participants only could flight at night to Tblisi.

For more information about the activities please see the report on the website.

2019: Houens Odde. The funding for the Erasmus+ was turned down because of a shortage of three points. In Denmark the application was send during a period where a lot of other projects (by others) also applied so they had to raise the amount of point you needed to receive any funding. They applied again for funding but the expectation to get funding in that round Is very low.

Not every centre reacted to the questions about the Participant Identification Code (PIC) to the questions from Houens Odde. It could be that a centre for it’s own doesn’t have a PIC number but that the PIC number of the NSO can be used.


After a short discussion and looking into the possibilities the meeting concluded that the Easter weekend is the best option for the network to keep the seminar.

EDIT: you can search if you have a PIC number

Planningteam for the 2019 seminar will be: Ewoud (Papa Goose), Rikke Marie and Lars (Both Houens Odde), Jan (Bucherberg). If somebody is interested at your centre please get in contact with Ewoud (

2020: Bucherberg will host the seminar.

2021: Kapraluv Mlyn will host the seminar.

5b Costs for joining meeting and seminar

There is a request from the meeting to the planning teams for the meeting and the seminar. They see an increase in costs. Is it possible to look into the costs and try to keep them low. Last year with travel some of the centers paid 600 to get one participant in the seminar.

  1. Centre of the week (COTW)

A big thank you to Joao for making every post and completing text.

It took a lot of time to get the information of every individual center. We have seen that a lot of centers shared a lot of posts. There were a few centers who didn’t share all the posts. A few centers experienced it was a lot of information combined with their own information and some centers decided not to share the COTW that week (but later) or only post their own post that week.

The Facebook page of the Goose Network has got a lot new followers. But needs some traffic to get the new followers intrested, but also not to much posts. Ideal would be one/two posts a week.

For the future we talked about the platform, and if we should use other platforms. We agreed to the following steps:

  • We can use Instagram where the posts of COTW can be re-used. Also it can be used for short movies to promote the centers.
  • We will use the Facebook page for combined posts and also for reposts from individual centers which are nice to share on the Facebook page from the Goose Network (Action: Ewoud)
  • Paulo, Joao and Ewoud will plan a meeting to discuss the possibility for Instagram/short movies/you tube.
  • Centers only have to promote the Goose Network social media channels and not the individual posts.

6a. Request from NSO Slovakia

The meeting agreed that the NSO of Slovakia can use the pictures with the information that is posted during the COTW. They don’t have to use the framework The Goose Network is using. But if their promotion is ready it has to be send to the centers prior to using it so the centers can approve the posts about their own posts.

Action: Papa Goose

  1. Goose Game

At this moment the coordinator is Lucas from Houens Odde. Last year he was busy with the Goose Game on Houens Odde.

For next year the planning is to give a mayor update to the Goose Game. For this the centres will be approached to deliver (new) games. For the centre with existing games there will be the question to review their games.

There are some games who needs pretty big materials or food to play the game. The goal will be that all the materials will fit in one box and there is no food needed for the game.

When updating the game the meeting asks to think about how it can made easy when new centers join The Goose Network (maybe a blank map of Europe).

  1. Questions from centers

Staff exchange:It is nice that people visit other centers. But visiting another centre is different than visiting a centre as a staff exchange. It is moment we conclude that it isn’t that popular to do a staff exchange within the Goose Network.

Action: Papa Goose (update the website so people can find information)

Papa Goose to promote staff exchange on the Facebook group (private)

Financial Sustainabilty of a Scout Centre:We had a short conversation and moved the questions to the informal evening program.

GPDR– how are centers dealing with GPDR? Is the center compliant with the new regulations, how did he centre introduce the new rules and how do you stay compliant complying. Almost all NSO’s already made guidelines for local scout organisations to implement the GDPR into their systems. Some NSO’s are waiting for government for more specific regulations and guidelines. The best advice is to contact your NSO for advice. Make sure you have made a list with all the data you keep, why you keep it, how you store it, and update your privacy policy (for example:

Volunteers from outside EU.Regulations for volunteers outside Europe are more than volunteers within Europe. Always be careful with volunteers and try to gain as much information as possible. You can consult your local government for additional regulations.  Sources you can look into Facebook and other social media or consult the NSO of the volunteer. Make very solid arrangements with the volunteer.

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Campstaff seminar 2018

For the camp staff seminar 2018 we stayed at International Scout Centre Rustavi in Georgia. The Planning team members were Tea from the hosting centre, Emma from Our Chalet, Susana from Drave, Maiken from Næsbycentre, Rikke Marie from Houens Odde and Ewoud as Papa Goose.

For the planning we had different Skype meetings where we brainstormed and made the planning for the workshops. Because of the fact that most flights to Georgia arrive at night the planning team had fully arrived by Thursday morning. After the meeting for the last details, we got a tour through Tbilisi and a lovely diner with a view over Tbilisi with the planning team and David (centre manager).

Because most of the 14 participants arrived during the night from Thursday to Friday we started the program on Friday morning with greetings and getting to know the centre staff, participants and planning team.

We introduced The Goose Network explaining the different meetings, communications/social media and possibilities like staff exchange.

After this meeting we got a tour around the centre and learned that ISCR is a new centre, like scouting in Georgia, and a combination of a scout centre/youth hostel and social project in Rustavi. They are expanding at this moment with a new plot of land and building a new building.

After lunch and a quick nap (due to the very short night most of the participants had) we started with the workshop: Life begins at the end of the comfort zone. Here we talked about doing activities where you challenge yourself being outside your own comfort zone to widen your comfort zone and achieve some great goals.

We played a small part of The Goose Game to get the participants familiar with The Goose Game. After playing we asked them if they could discuss some positive points and some improvements. We are going to share them with The Goose Game coordinators.

As a possible way to organize your personal life we looked at the method of Getting things done. We talked about Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly overviews and organizing your inbox with questions like: “What can we do?” And “Can I do it within two minutes”.

During the evening we had the My Centre, My Country evening where the participants had to “sell” their centre to the other participants to try to convince them to come to their centre with a group of scouts. We saw a lot of interesting selling points of the different centers.

Campstaff seminar 2018 Friday

On Saturday we were finally complete because of the delay of two of the participants with 24 hours. During the speed dating sessions in Market of possibilities we heard about the successes and challenges from other centers.

In the afternoon and evening we were offered by ISCR a tour through Georgia and Tbilisi. We went to a Cathedral, monastery and Cave town.We closed the evening at a restaurant where we had a typical Georgian meal with (non) traditional music and dances.

Campstaff seminar 2018 Saturday

The Sunday was already the last day of the seminar with a full program day ahead. The day started with a workshop about cooperation and cooperation between different team roles according to Belbin. We filled the morning with a small talk about the advantages of being a scout in the professional life.

After lunch we looked really into the environment and the world programs. We started to play with an artificial sun and some insects and learned about the program Scouts go solar and Scenes. The last part of the official program was the Sustainable goals from UN.

During the campfire evening we did a small tradition from every country and planted, as a tradition in the Danish environment program, our own Future Goose Tree.

Normally we would also type a little bit about the Monday. But most of the people had to get their flight in the middle of the night/early morning.

Campstaff seminar 2018 Sunday

Thank you!

As a planning team we would like to thank everyone who made this a great seminar. The centre staff was great and helped us out a lot (special thanks to the guys who picked us up at the airport at the most impossible hours). The participants were great and gave a lot of information during the workshops. And final thanks goes to the planning team for their effort and hours they spent doing  a great job!

Susanna, Emma, Rikke Marie, Tea, Maiken and Ewoud

Campstaff seminar 2018 Planning



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Application for the Camp Staff Seminar

Heey everyone!

Here is the application form for the seminar this easter, please hurry to find a few staff at your center who wish to get to know new people from other centers and exchange knowledge, ideas and learn new skills to bring home.

Since the invitation there has been a small price adjustment so the price per participant will be 200Euros for the seminar.

The planning team has already begun planning the workshops and are looking forward to greet you all at ISCR 🙂


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Invitation for Goose Camp Staff Seminar

Hi everyone!

Here is the invitation for the seminar 2018, please note the dates since easter is early next year.

The application and more information will be sent out during January.

The planning team looks forward to seeing everyone!

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
See you in 2019!


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Tips: List of Events and Opportunities in the European Scout Region till the end of 2018

This is a short note related to the ECMC 2017. The circular referenced at the end gives a time table for events in the European region in 2018. It may be a good starting point if you which to host an event for example.

Regional Circular 23 2017 – List of Events and Opportunities in the European Scout Region till the end of 2018


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CMC 2017 – ownCloud info

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The ownCloud system where we shared all info during CMC was CMC local only and is gone, however, all the files including the nice group photo is now on Google Drive and the link to the share should be at the end of the CMC Survey.

— Martin

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