Goose Network Meeting 2015 – Meeting Minutes

The Goose Network Meeting of 2015 took place at Kaprálův mlýn, Czech Republic and began on Monday 12th October 2015, the day before CMC 2015 (European Guide and Scout Centres Conference) opened. Representatives from all over Europe participated, we elected a new coordinator, accepted new members and had a great time enjoying and learning from the centre and the following CMC.

The meeting took place mostly during Monday the 12th, with additional decision on Goose Network coordinator and some miscellaneous issues handled on Wednesday the 14th.

Kaprálův mlýn in Autumn

Kaprálův mlýn in Autumn

These are the meeting minutes based on the agenda for 2015. Hope to see you soon again.

Morning Energizers

Morning Energizers

1. Martin Eliasson opened the meeting and welcomed every one

2. Reports from each centre

All participating centres presented their centres shortly and what had happened during the year at the centre. There were lots of questions and discussions.

I cannot give further info on what was said in the reports since I cannot decide on what information is for public and what is network internal.

Reports from each centre

Reports from each centre

On the importance of keeping the scout roots

On the importance of keeping the scout roots

3. Reports from Goose Network Activities

3.1 International Centres Day

3.1.3 Report from 2015

Næsbycentre was thanked for arranging a very good ICD. It was a little unfortunate that so few had to participate the chosen date. Either way, it has proven to be difficult to beat the fighting spirit of the Chalet.

3.1.2 Who will organize it 2016?

Our Chalet volunteered to organize it so every one else has a fair chance to win.

3.1.3 When?

14:th of July 2016. Write it down.

3.2 Camp Staff Seminar

3.2.1 2015 KISC

The Camp Staff Seminar continues to be very popular and again we had a great seminar with many participants. Great thanks and special recognition to Søren Hansen for just taking the lead this year and KISC for letting us all go backstage everywhere.

Don’t miss the full report which exists as a series of blogg posts written by the participants.

All this snow...

All this snow…

3.2.2 Camp Staff Seminar 2016, 2017 and 2018

Rotterdam volunteered to host Staff Seminar in 2016 in order to replace Spain who unfortunately had to back out. Being a lightweight network of gives us the kind of agile strength to handle such events.

Næsbycenter will host in 2017 as previously agreed.

Rustavi, ISCR, volunteered to host in 2018.

3.2.3 Planning team and new main organizer for staff seminar

– The following centres has committed to find someone for planning team:

KISC, Saojocinto, Our Chalet, (Næsbycenter) and Scout Centre Budapest (maybe).

3.3 Reports from Staff Exchange 2014-2015

– There have been lots of staff exchange, no agreed through the coordinator, Markéta (Zellhof), and no reported to coordinator, however, the coordinator stated that it’s better that it happens a lot and the coordinator does nothing than the other way around.

Markéta volunteered to be staff exchange coordinator for another year which was very appreciated.

3.4 Report from Goose Game Coordinators

The Goose Game Coordinators has updated the goose game significantly this year, both games, maps and centre info. To reflect the effort put into the game, the Goose Network coordinator requested all centres to report their game feedback using the survey sent out.

The Goose Game Coordinators – Tobias (Houens Odde) and Johanna (Bucher Berg) –  volunteered to continue to be coordinators for another year. Big thanks.

4. Goose Network

4.1 Next Goose Meetings

Sajocinto will host in 2016 as decided previous meetings.

2017 is a CMC year and the mangers meeting will take place the day before CMC but we will need to push to get the CMC going much earlier.

Zellhof volunteered to host managers meeting in 2018 and Scout Centre Budapest asked to be on queue for 2019.

A reflection, as I’m typing these minutes: what if Zellhof decides to apply for hosting CMC 2017 (I have no idea if they have such plans) and Zellhof gets selected, then we might end up with two managers meetings in Zellhof?

4.2 New Goose Network Coordinator

Martin Eliasson, Vässarö, was thanked for executing the coordinator responsibilities of 2015 because the elected coordinator Myriam was prevented from doing the work due to force majeur.

The meeting elected and welcomed Maiken Anée Nielsen from Næsbycentret as new Goose Network coordinator aka Mama-Goose.

4.4 New and Old Goose Network Members

International Scout Centre Rustavia (ISCR) and Scout Centre Budapest had applied for membership and was welcomed into the network as members!

4.5 Goose Network Website

No big changes during the year.

4.6 Misc

A workshop style exercise was held focusing on the migration situation in Europe, how it is impacting centres and surrounding communities, what are being done and what can be done.

The situation from country to country differs greatly and the experiences at the centres varies a lot. Because of this, currently there is very little in common between the Goose Network Centres when discussing this issue. An upcoming seminar on the issue was mentioned: European Refugee Response Seminar 2015.

The opportunity to cooperate within Goose to promote ourselves and promote being a staff at a Goose Centre by being part of Intercamp 2016 was discussed. The interest varies a lot within the Goose Network. In 2016 there would be a great opportunity since we have potentially good connections to the Czech planning team.

Martin presented the work in progress status of the Goose Network Impact Statistics to show how we are Scout Centres Reaching far outside the Scout Movement.

4.7 Meeting Over

Martin closed the meeting and thanked everyone for their great and important work not to mention warm friendship.

After the first part of the meeting had closed, it was time for CMC 2015 to open.

CMC 2015

CMC 2015

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About Martin Eliasson

Ex. Coordinator for Goose-Network 2012-2014 and de-facto coordinator 2015. Resident program manager emeritus at Vässarö and generally a nice guy. Member of European Guide and Scout Centre Managers Conference 2013 and 2015.
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