A great opportunity organized by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) has been going on for the past 3 days. WOSM put together a conference for all scouters across the globe to come to Hong Kong. The participants discussed the connections between Scouting and Education. Presentations have been delivered, and there has been over 2,000 people estimated to of been using online sources and social media to be connected, with the 400 participants in person in Hong Kong. The presentations were about one of the three main topics of the congress: Society, Education, and Impact of Scouting. Comments will be saved, and the presentations will be available online after the congress is over through Youtube. Each day included a keynote address, 4 sessions in the morning, and 6-11 in the afternoon on various topics. Also evening networking events occurred.
I hope to see the results of this first educational congress as sucessfull and WOSM will be organizing another one in the near future. I would love to attend and get new ideas to bring back or to new research topics.
Here is the link to the congress: http://www.worldscouteducationcongress.org/en
Twitter: Use #WSEC or @scoutcongress
Several weeks ago I sent emails to two local organizations inquiring about doing an internship next semester, it has been a few weeks and I have gotten no response. So last Friday I contacted them again as a friendly follow up. I found out once I sent it to one of the places, it sent an automatic response saying to send to a new person, as the person I sent it to no longer works there. Today, I was going to discuss this issue with my advisor, but she was out, so she said for me to look up other places to see if they offer internships. I sent an email to three more local places, one is through a local college, one is a recreation department nearby, and then a outdoor education center in Boston.
I hope to hear back from a few of these places soon, as it is getting closer to the end of the semester. One thing I learned that if I had to do this again is to start putting in inquires early in the semester and go with it, even if at first you need to look up some information on your own without the advisors help.
Myself and another Scouter has created a Facebook page for leaders to consult us if they have any issues that they would like to get solutions too. We will be developing a website in the near future and hopefully making this into a business. The page is called Troop Doctor, and the link is: https://www.facebook.com/TroopMD
We both have experience as both youth and adult members of the BSA and we also work out at Philmont Scout Ranch during the Summer, so we are well educated in different areas. Also, please spread the word on here or any other way to get others interested in this service. Thank you all in advance for your support!