ECMC 2017 – Programme

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The Main programme for ECMC 2017 is basically ready now and it is rather full. Here are the keynotes and workshops.


Keynote 1 – “Vision 2023: Where WOSM is going, why and how Scout Centers can help?” João Armando, Immediate past Chairperson of the World Scout Committee

Keynote 2 – “Outdoor Education as a bridge between formal and non-formal education – Challenges and opportunities”, Jakob Frímann Þorsteinsson, Adjunkt lecturer, Department of Leisure Studies and Social pedagogy at University of Iceland

Keynote 3 – “Scout Centres – Impact and Importance in the Context of European Scouting”, Hulda Sólrún Guðmundsdóttir, vice-chairperson of the European Scout Committee


“Managing Change” – Damien O’Sullivan, Campsites Support Officer, Scouting Ireland

“Using EVS” – Diana Sutea, Centre Coordinator, Nocrich Scout Centre, Romania

“Staff and Teamworking” – Connor McKeon, Centre Manager Larch Hill International Scout Centre

“World Wide Scout Programme” – Michal Medek, Kapraluv Mlyn, Czech Republic and friends

“The Relationship between Paid Management and Unpaid Staff and Volounteers” – Karsten Vilken Mulvad, Centre Manager Houens Odde Internationale Spejdercenter, Denmark

“Train the Trainer” – Felipe Marqueis, Centre Manager Kandersteg International Scout Centre

“Safe from Harm” – Martin Eliasson, Vässarö, Sweden

Educational Methods and Non-Formal Learning”  – João Armando, Immediate past Chairperson of the World Scout Committee

Workshop Signup at the Centre

There are eight workshops and since the conference is quite large, there will be a signup system. It will be simple and straight forward: at the CMC info corner, there will be one signup sheet for every workshop where you can write your name. If you are several participants from the same centre, consider to go to different workshops.

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ECMC 2017 – Beautifull Iceland

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In the very beginning of June this year, the ECMC planning team went to the Icelandic centre Úlfliótsvatn as part of our preparations for the event.

Imagine the following. It’s ten o’clock in the evening, you are supposed to be tired and the scouts who have arrived to the fields to camp for the coming week should be done with todays work, however, it is almost daylight outside, scouts are busy building and kids play all over. It’s almost impossible to sleep.

Iceland is kind of a country that you already expect to be very special and amazing but when you go there, you still come home thinking it was something extra. Too bad ECMC isn’t in June.


View over a Valley. Notice the smoke.


Some of the fields around the centre.


Did I say this place is photogenic?


This is how I like obstacle courses

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ECMC 2017 – Micro Presentations

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This post reflects Martin Eliassons opinions and may not reflect the CMCs opinions.

I always try to bring some change to the CMC. It’s my third time on the planning team and I always want to try one new concept.

This year, I want to try micro presentations. Why? Because I think every one who goes to the CMC has experience enough to teach us other interesting and usefull things, however, I often find that participants either think they have expertise to share but not  in line with the theme or they have expertise but in line with the theme but somehow think they are not good at presenting.

Both scenarios can be addressed by having micro presentations and I suspect that once you have figured out that you can do five minutes, maybe 35 minutes isn’t so hard after all.

Here is the official info for this CMC’s Micro Presentation sessions:

This year we will introduce a new exiting session: micro presentations. Every participants (except those who host workshops) will be asked to do a five minute presentation. The subject just have to be relevant to scout centres and we are looking for participants to bring their unique point of view, knowledge and experience. It could for example be something you learned at a course in university that could be of interest or a book you have read. Example: “The Checklist Manifesto” or “Five Whys” or “Experience of online booking” or “Microphone Techniques” or “Building a stage”.

The plan is that each presentation is 5 minutes and then we have 1 minute switch time to next presentation. Given the interest in the conference so far, the presentations will be done in two parallel sessions in order to be done in 3.5 hours.

If you would like to have some slides, the first rule is that every slide must be shown the same amount of time. Five slides mean we will change slide exactly every minute. Choose Wisely. We recommend you make five slides.

We would wish to have the presentation slides delivered to us in one of the following formats:

  • Series of images in a folder, name the images 01_yourname.jpg 02_yourname.jpg 03_yourname.jpg …
  • OpenOffice XML presentation
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97/2000/XP/2003 (.ppt) presentation
  • ODF Presentation
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ECMC 2017 – Programme Draft

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The Draft programme for the ECMC is now out. Below for you enjoyment. I’m really excited about the workshops and keynotes but we are not quite ready to publish the full list yet.


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International Center Day 2017


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Goose Staff Camp Seminar 2017

A short view of the seminar 2017fælles

The Planning team consisted of Tea from International Scout Center Rustavi, Paja From Kapraluf Mlyn, Katrine from Næsbycenter and Maiken/Mama Goose.

We started the planning in January and have had skypemeetings where we brainstormed and planned the programme and workshops.

The 17 participants arrived Thursday afternoon/evening and the seminar was started with a few get to know each other games, where Participants, Centerstaff and Planning team where  introduced to each other. We talk habits and divided us into types/preferences to get some labels to put on each other for the rest of the week.


Began with a short introduction to the Goose Network and its relevance to the international Scoutcentre work. A good discussion where both pro’s and con’s where talked over and a possible list of focus areas for the Centres the next few years.

The Centerstaff gave a tour around the Næsbycenter, introducing the campsites, activity fields, the Jagtvejen and how the volunteers work all year round to keep the place running.

After a lunch the next workshop focused on innovation, the basic of developing and concrete methods of how the generate ideas and how to make the ideas into profit generating concepts. Where among the methods, were the use of different perspectives to discuss and brainstorm.


After sitting and talking the next workshop took place outdoor, in the Outdoor kitchen. Where the Centerstaff introduced the use of the kitchen and together with the participants made dinner ready.

After dinner the MyCenter, MyCountry presentations took place. As being a traditional workshop the Centers have a tradition to bring both pictures, videos and presentations, but this year, we decided it should be very “offline” and the participants could only talk and have things and the table to use in the presentations, it was very intimate session, with questions. Afterwards the talk was lively at the different tables, as the participants wanted to hear more about specific subjects.


The Centerstaff had planned a tour around Denmark – though not physically, a board represented our traveling and in smaller groups,  we moved around the board. We would have different tasks that represented a place in Denmark.
The day ended with a Capture The Flag tournament a game often used to play with all the groups during summercamps.


The evening was spent inside, sharing. The workshop Market of Possibilities is also an tradition at the seminar. The participants here had the opportunity to choose a subjects/problem areas that they wanted input or ideas for.


The morning was spent focusing on the environment, with input from Kapraluf Mlyn and the Næsbycenter and also a presentation of the Scenes Network.

Afterwards a workshop created based on subjects from the participants about leadership and how it works around the different centers. The problematic situations that can arise and how we as people working together can resolve the conflicts that will arise, when working with and around people.

After lunch Goose game was presented and played by the participants. Followed by a discussion on how it is used at the different centers and a brainstorm for how to introduce/run the game for different age groups.

The last workshop was another knowledge workshop about Erasmus and how the Scoutcentres can use it

Sunday ended with a great meal prepared by the Centerstaff and closing ceremony by the campfire, where we could enjoy a nice, warm and dry evening.

Thanks to the Planning Team for all the great workshops, that has hopefully inspired to some new thoughts among our participants.

Thanks to the Center Staff for the great welcome, food and being there to make sure we all had a great seminar.

Thanks to the participants, for being prepared, engaged and positive about sharing and making new connections.

Scout Greetings
Mama Goose


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ECMC 2017 – Thoughts on coordinating the programme

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It is soon time for the ECMC planning team to meet for a weekend of planning and that is some kind of milestone.

The general concept on how the programme of the ECMC is delivered is pretty stable I would say. Every year we try to do adjustments based on the evaluation and also our own ideas. This years schedule (which is not official yet) is based on last conference schedule with some changes.

We know many participants are coming time and again and so we also try to not repeat too much. Part of avoiding repetition is the selection of the venue and the theme.

In the schedule for the ECMC, we tend to favour one or two keynotes in the beginning of the conference because it acts as good conversation starters, it is also why we prefer the “My Centre, My Country” evening early in the conference.

The workshops have a central place in the programme and I think that is because they are more hands on. This year we have four workshop occasions and since we think that a workshop shouldn’t have too many participants we are planning to run two workshops in parallel each workshop occasions.

ECMC is not a big budget operation directly, but we have learned to use our own resources and what is available locally. I have also learned that many of the most liked workshops have been held by centre managers themselves. This is also why a on-site planning team meeting is very beneficial.

It’s not always we can get every workshop to be hosted by a participant, so the B-plan is mostly to let members of the planning team host workshops, but we are careful with that option because many in the planning team have been on the planning team for a few times and we are afraid you might get bored with us 🙂 Also, we may need to have a backup workshop ready in case some workshop gets canceld.




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