Girl Guide and Girl Scout Experience Forum

In November 2015, WAGGGS held the first global networking event focused on the Girl Guide and Girl Scout Experience, with a programme designed and led by Member Organisations.

Forum 2015 brought 100 delegates from 40 countries together to the Sultanate of Oman where, along with 1,500 virtual participants, they inspired each other with new perspectives on how to offer a relevant, exciting, accessible and learner-led experience to young people around the world.

GGGS Experience Oman Forum 2015

Sessions were co-created by delegations working in partnership on the most relevant issues to their Associations. Diversity and inclusion, how to design programmes, outdoor adventure, international experiences, modernising the Movement, creating girl-led organisations and many more. Along with networking opportunities, an ideas market and experiences of Guiding and Scouting in Oman, delegates had the chance to recommend to WAGGGS how to better work with Associations in the future on issues related to core Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. 

We’re excited to learn that, as a result of Forum 2015, many exciting steps are being taken to strengthen the Girl Guide and Girl Scout experience in the 40 countries that attended. Delegates have:

  • Re-created Forum 2015 for young leaders and national trainers
  • Started work to set up a national youth board
  • Borrowed programme materials from other countries and had ongoing conversations to inform national programme reviews
  • Volunteered more at national level
  • Applied to volunteer at a World Centre
  • Launched working groups on key topics (eg: method for 12-15 year olds, diversity and inclusion, youth participation, programme partnerships)
  • Used learnings from Forum 2015 in recruitment drives, to explain purpose and impact of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting
  • Started work to improve 14+ programme
  • Started Free Being Me in their country
  • Taken on new programme roles at national level
  • Run national trainings to share the learning
  • Worked on a new national programme policy

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