What is The Helen Storrow Seminar?
Since 1986 we have offered the Helen Storrow Seminar to young women at Our Chalet - our World Centre based in Switzerland. This annual international event is a unique opportunity for leadership development, as it addresses one of the most relevant issues in contemporary society - environmental sustainability. The seminar explores the environmental issues of today, focuses on ways to raise awareness and use practical skills to create sustainable change. Attendees leave with a change plan ready to impact their environment at a local level.
The Pop-up model
35 – 40 participants join us in Switzerland for an intensive seven-day seminar of adventure and leadership practice. We then have groups from around the world interact and follow sessions virtually; through webinars, video conferencing and an online sharing platform. The groups, known as ‘pop-ups’, connect with the main seminar and each other whilst following an adapted version of the Helen Storrow Seminar programme. These pop-up seminars can be held for any age group in any language. Pop-up events took place in 19 different countries in 2018 and reached a total of 600 members!
For over 80% of pop-up participants, this was their first international experience. Almost 90% of pop-up participants felt inspired to be more active in their Girl Guiding or Girl Scouting association.
Our next HSS event will be 30 January – 6 February 2019 at Our Chalet, World Centre in Switzerland.
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