WAGGGS/WOSM Relationships

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WAGGGS/WOSM Relationships

Die folgenden Dokumente zur Zusammenarbeit sind chronologisch geordnet, beginnend mit den älteren. Da die Dokumente teilweise aufeinander aufbauen, soll so ein Nachverfolgen der historischen Entwicklung erleichtert werden.

1. The John Beresford Report

  • WAGGGS Comments on the Fact Finding Study, December 2000. The Commentary is not a self-standing document and it needs to be read in conjunction with the Beresford study (above). Therefore, the pages of Commentary are numbered to correspond to related pages or sections in the Fact Finding Study.

2. WOSM/WAGGGS Consultative Committee

This Committee is composed of representatives of the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and of the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). [WOSM www.scout.org/satw/consultative.shtml]

Discussion/background papers

Garth Morrison, a former member of the World Scout Committee, and Heather Brandon, a former member of the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have worked together to develop three papers to serve as an aid to understanding each organization's approach to the following subjects. (13 June 2001)

Minutes of the meeting of the WAGGGS/WOSM Consultative Committee


WAGGGS/WOSM Relationships - WAGGGS Long Term Vision

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ mission is to help girls and young women to achieve their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world. The World Conference, which meets every three years, is responsible for guiding the World Association so that the mission extends to as many girls and young women worldwide as possible.

The 30th World Conference in 1999 realised that we had approached a crossroads where difficult decisions had to be taken. The World Association has to develop new ways of working, new programmes, and a new image that will attract girls and women into our organization as members and as volunteers. We must welcome change and be inspired to improve and develop.

A sub-group of eight WAGGGS World Board members with members of the WOSM World Scout Committee formed a Consultative Committee. They have met regularly since January 2001 to study the present situation and explore a possible joint vision for the future.

At the first meeting of the Consultative Committee, ‘the similarities between the two Organizations on some very fundamental issues were found to be much more than many realise’ and three papers on common issues were circulated and placed on both web sites: Mission, Educational Methods and Fundamental Principles.

Much time has been spent on finding a collective way forward that will be acceptable to BOTH organizations through the Consultative Committee and through the contributions of the WAGGGS World Conference and Member Organizations.

We are confident we can find a future that will build on our strengths and our diversity. Collective democratic processes take time. Members of the World Board felt it was not yet in a position to ask the 31st World Conference in 2002 to vote on the Long Term Vision. At the 31st WAGGGS World Conference the following decision was agreed:

1. That WAGGGS increase its ability to achieve its Mission by providing direct support to strengthen Member Organizations;

2. That WAGGGS’ representatives continue to dialogue with WOSM within the Consultative Committee to explore aspects of an allied future that:

  • Preserves the mission, identity and unique character of WAGGGS
  • Respects the independence of each Member Organization
  • Supports diverse delivery systems and, therefore, does not impose the creation of any new national entity in any country for membership at world level, and
  • Guarantees that girls and young women are enabled to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens and future leaders of the world;

3. That a complete report on WAGGGS/WOSM relationships, including any concrete proposals, be presented at the 32nd WAGGGS World Conference in 2005.

In the 36th World Scout Conference the following decision was agreed:

The Conference:

  • noting that the 31st WAGGGS World Conference in Manila in June 2002 has adopted a resolution on the WAGGGS Long Term Vision which recommends to continue to dialogue with WOSM within the Consultative Committee to explore aspects of an ‘allied future’ that, inter alia, preserves the mission, identity and unique character of WAGGGS and respects the independence of each of its Member Organizations;
  • respecting fully WAGGGS’ position;

1. Recommends to the World Scout Committee to continue its dialogue with WAGGGS within the Consultative Committee

2. Further recommends to the World Scout Committee to ensure that this dialogue be clearly focused on exploring ways of strengthening relations between WOSM and WAGGGS and that it be fully compatible with the objectives and priorities of the Strategy for Scouting

3. Requests the World Scout Committee to present to the World Scout Conference in 2005 a report on WOSM/WAGGGS relationships including any concrete proposals that may have been agreed upon.

31st World Conference of WAGGGS, June 2002


Background Information


Joint Work in Europe

As many of the Member Organizations of the Europe Region WAGGGS also belong to the European Scout Region, there are many areas of work common to the two Movements and projects on which can be worked together.

A Joint Plan of Action for 2004-2007 has been developed by the two Regions, and members of the Europe Committee WAGGGS and the European Scout Region meet together 2-3 times a year to co-ordinate the work. The full Committees from both Regions also meet together twice a year, and work on the Joint Plan is carried out in partnership with the European Scout Bureau.

Together they are organizing seminars and events, and producing tool-kits and other resource material to help members promote the values of Guiding and Scouting.

Both Regions support Associations who have developed informal networks on specific areas of Guiding and Scouting such as the North-South Network and the Overtures Network.

Guidelines on Partnership

Guidelines on developing and maintaining partnerships in Guiding and Scouting produced by the Europe Region WAGGGS and the European Scout Region.

Seminar Reports

Update from the Joint Meeting of the Europe RegionWAGGGS Committee and European Scout Committee:

October 2005

February 2006