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Best practices and new innovations at scout centers
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Oct 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project Best practices and new innovations at scout centers aims to identify and implement best practices at partnering center. The project has three focus points safety, inclusion and non formal learning. The partners will visit each others centers to look at an experience the relevant programs and facilities. Each visit consists of practical and theoretical sessions where participants try to identify ways in witch the programs excel and in witch they can be improved. Special attentions is payed to the three main themas, safety, inclusion and non formal learning. Partners then try to implement their findings at home and in that way build on each others experience and expertise. By selecting partners that come from different settings regarding operational doctrine and emphasis the project aims to find a common thread to build on. Finding best practices that cut across fields will better help all participants to use effective ways to get results. Each partner will send 2 participants to visit other centers. The host center will arrange a week of intensive program work and reflections on the three main aims. Each center selects participants that will be able to carry on the learning of the project towards better practices. This is viewed as a long term project where the implementation will be over several months or years. Participants will be selected by each center, they will be able to attend the visits and implement what they learn. After each visit they will host revue sessions at their center to go over the project and possible implementation ideas with their staff. This will allow the project to be implemented during the operational face and it will allow the team to further discuss the implementation during the next visit. All the participants come from the partner centers. They will have an excellent knowledge of the centers and there operation and a good background to contribute to the discussions, planing and running of the project. The project consists of visits to the partner centers, with practical sessions hosted by the center and discussions of each element afterwards. This allows the participants to use non formal methodology as the core of the project. Practical learning by doing with intence discussions afterwards. With the teams focus on the three key points safety, inclusion and non formal learning this will give the team a clear picture of best practices and ways to improve both the hosts program and their own. By then taking each visit home and revue with the local staff at each center the team will be able to see even better how to improve on the program. The expected results of the project will be better run, safer and more inclusive centers that have a clear focus on non formal learning in their work. By focusing on best practices and clearly identifying specifics areas of improvements this goal should be attained Pear reweave from professionals will help to focus the project and guarantee a positive results. By using implementation projects the project aims to help the centers implement ideas faster and more efficiently. Long term benefits of the project are better run centers that have a clear goal of safety, inclusion and non formal learning. By implementing these strategies at the centers they will also affect there national organizations and all the guests of the centers. By opening up the outdoors to more young people we are affecting there lives in a more positive way. The centers involved are host to thousands of guests each year and have the ability to impact the lives of all of them.
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