“We belong” – Romania

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Association:
NORS – Group “Cercetașii Marini”

Contact Person:
Roxana Zus (roxanazus@gmail.com)

Project Name:

“We belong” (the title is chosen to highlight the idea that the scouts belong to their community and that in essence, the scout movement is the one that links them firstly, regardless of any criterion of separation)

Project objectives:

The project aims to create and apply a good practice model for the effective mentoring of a candidate group (possibly a future unit) by an existing local center. The output includes a written material based on the experience of the project participants (target group, team project, speakers / trainers).

Project description:
Regardless the reason why a new group of scouts appears, it is important that in the first months of birth / development, the group and its members benefit from the support and experience of one or more local centers – preferably from the same city – which theoretically “vouch” for this new group. In practice, mentoring is difficult, either because of the lack of time of the people involved, or the lack of resources or for subjective reasons.
One way to ensure the passing of information from an old local center to a new one (or to a future unit) can be achieved by creating mixed work groups (with members from both centers and from different age categories), groups that attend together both, theoretical and practical sessions, connected to the requirements of the ONCR („National Romanian Scout Organisation”) and its strategic directions.

The working group proposed for the implementation is made up of 20 participants (5 old explorers, 5 leaders / rovers from the old center and analogous, 5 explorers and 5 new leaders / rovers) who jointly support the following activities:

I. 5 theoretical sessions and workshops:
a) “about ONCR”;
b) environment – GSDG;
c) “dialogue for peace”;
d) financing modalities;
e) “safe from harm”;

with speakers/trainers chosen by the project coordination team based on their experience in the field, based on availability and recommendations;

II. 4 fixed working meetings for group consolidation and its active involvement in the community, which can be supplemented according to group’s needs;

III. written material (handbook) focusing on examples of good practices, which can be adapted, replicated and improved.
The activities above are supplemented by the selection of the working group, the preparation of the communication sessions and the meetings, the feedback mechanisms etc.
The selection criteria will be developed by the project team with the support of colleagues from the local center. Based on the elaborated criteria, the 5 adults in the old center will be selected by the explorers (as direct beneficiaries of the “Scout” method). All the members of the group must undertake the project and assume their involvement, agreeing from the beginning the schedule and the fixed meeting dates (without excluding the possibility that the participants will also allocate time for their own additional meetings).

Bank account information

Bank Information

Account Holder Organizatia Nationala Cercetasii Romaniei National Organization of Romanian Scouts

Bank Information 

Name & Adress Banca Transilvania Alba Iulia Square no 2, Bucharest, Postal code 400027 IBAN: RO42BTRLEURCRT0332281201 SWIFT: BTRLRO22

Budget
FOSE financing: ~ 1200 euros out of which:
~ 900 euros for the 5 workshop sessions of 1 or 2 days (500 euros for transport and accommodation expenses for trainers, 400 euros for catering),
~ 300 euros for office supplies / books / games /badge (with the desire to support the candidate group in developing their own heritage).

Contribution of the local center “Marine Scouts” (from donations): ~ 300 euros out of which:
~ 100 euros for catering;
~ 200 euros for materials sustaining activities.
Extra contribution “in kind” of the local center “Marine Scouts”:
– venue for communication sessions and group meetings based on the protocol signed with Constanța Maritime University;
– the volunteering of

 

Total budget: 1500 euros

 

Details
The project “We belong” proposes a mentoring program between an old and a new local center, with theoretical and practical sessions attended by members of the two centers (leaders, rovers, explorers) and, finally, a guide of best practices developed by participants.
Target group: Dacia Pontica (to become a candidate group), mentored by the Constanta Local Center “Marine Researchers”
Project coordination team: Roxana Zus (senior coordinator), Anita-Maria Marcu (junior coordinator).
Roxana Zus is a member of the Constanta Local Center “Marine Researchers”, but during the secondary school she activated as a scout in Bucharest. She is a lecturer at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Bucharest, the president of the “Physics and education” section of the Romanian Physical Society and the representative for Romania in the “Teacher and Student Forum”, CERN. In addition to the scientific research programs, she has worked in various national and international educational projects for over 10 years, organized national and international conferences, workshops, having also experience as a teacher / inspector trainer.
Anita Marcu is an explorer of the Constanta Local Center “Marine Researchers”, being one of the most active members of the center. She is involved in most of the center’s projects, being helpful in both, the preparation and the application phases. Among them, in the lower secondary school, she was an outstanding member of the organizing team at the first local edition of the “Enchanted Gift Order”; she implemented and experienced the project for the blinds in the LIDL scholarships (2018), she guided free tours in Constanta and so on. This spring, together with fellow explorers and rovers, she has started a program dedicated to the environment, addressed to all scouts age 11-14 in the local center and wants to implement one of the first “Scouts of the World Award” type of projects in Romania. Her active involvement in projects for all age groups, but also her character, make her very loved by children and appreciated by adults.
The coordination team will be supported by colleagues from the local center, as well as from the future candidate group, both adults and young (leaders / rovers / explorers), having already the consent of several scouts and aspirants.

Details of the proposal (selection):
How do we define the concept of an old scout? In practice, we can say that it is not enough to want to be a scout, but it is a reality that you have to experience at least one age group and to be a beneficiary. The lack of beneficiary quality can be compensated in the case of those who become members of the movement directly from the position of adult volunteer, through continuity within the local center, realized projects, participation in local / regional / national / international fields.
Our idea is to select a working group consisting of 20 people, of which 5 explorers from the old local center – who have been scouts at least 3 years and at least 2 branches of aged age. Next, the explorers, based on criteria established together with the project team, select 5 adults from the center (here we consider a selection made by the beneficiaries of the “Scout” method directly, starting from a series of fixed criteria).
Both, the explorers and the selected leaders from the local center must effectively undertake the project and assume their involvement, agreeing from the beginning with the schedule and the fixed meeting dates (without excluding the possibility of the participants to allocate additional time).
The leaders and explorers of the new center / group do not have a selection condition – as we only discuss on the members of some candidate groups that just discover the “Scout” method and all the situations that arise, but must undertake the program.
The group formed is permanently connected on social networks, with the desire to have them communicating as much as possible.

Activities:
I. 5 theoretical sessions and workshops
The group participates in 5 theoretical sessions focused on a main theme, each of them being supplemented by workshops that allow non-formal discussions for the consolidation of the group:
a) the first session, generically called “about ONCR”, is supported by a speaker within ONCR, possibly from the leadership level. The theme addressed during the session is a direct presentation of what the organization means at local / national / international level and how the members integrate into this system.
This first workshop shall answer the questions: “who we are and what are the expectations from us”.
b) the second session – “environment” – aims to present the GSDG, and more precisely, what a scout can do in order to be able to apply the local / national / international objectives.
c) the third session – “dialogue for peace” – will focus on communication and how to resolve disputes of different types.
Workshops b) and c) answer the questions: what are the means by which we carry out the scout objectives.
d) financing modalities to exist and to develop a scouts center;
e) “safe from harm” – basic elements for carrying out the activities under physical and mental safety conditions.

II. 4 working meetings to consolidate the group (organize a treasure hunt, plan a camp, get involved in the community through activities at a center for children and / or seniors, get involved in the community by rehabilitating / repairing some local points of interest) – we do not exclude an additional number of meetings organized by participants according to their own needs;
For the workshops and activities, the 20 participants are divided into 5 groups of 4 members (1 explorer and 1 leader from the old center, 1 new explorer, 1 new leader – the old ones help and mentor the new ones).
As mentioned, we propose that, whenever possible, facilitators have the status of members or former members in the governing bodies of the ONCR or in the national teams. In turn, they can pilot or formulate a series of ideas on the working group that essentially acts as a small unit, consisting of 5 patrols with a minimum number of scouts.

III. Handbook with examples of good practice.
We believe that the existence of a written material based on active feedback can help national teams with some guidance as it is desired ONCR to be the most important educational movement for children and young people in Romania. As far as possible, the trainers / speakers from point I or other members of the national teams will participate in its drafting and / or proof reading.
The 10 adults involved in the direct project will be able to take a further step to become an “authentic leader”. The 10 explorers will be able to understand what it means to be an adult directly involved in the organization, which will help them if they choose to remain in the movement and in the national organization on the long term.
Sustainability – having a written material can be a starting point for other situations in the country, in the conditions in which it is desired to develop working methods that will facilitate the emergence of new, smaller or larger scouts groups; and at the national level it is desired the relief of the members directly involved, members who are assaulted for example by questions.
On the other hand, the 10 explorers will have the basics on how the ONCR works and how they can be integrated into their centers, including how to develop the network of local centers / units in the country, also in their next stage as scouts (rovers). If they wish, they can organize a camp on the topic.
Risks – Although one of the selection criteria is the assumption of the entire program by the participants, the biggest risks are that members of the working group cannot go through the entire program or they give up. If such situations arise, depending on the point in the project, we will prepare either substitute members or some assignments will be taken over by the project team.
Calendar:
November 2019 – March 2020:
November 2019: selection of the working group, preparation of theoretical sessions / workshops and of the 4 meetings (calendar, trainers etc.);
November 2019 – January 2020: workshops and theoretical sessions (activities from point I);
November 2019 – February 2020: activities for the consolidation of the group (the 4 meetings from point II);
January 2020 – March 2020: writing a good practice guide (point III);
The calendar can be adapted according to the target group / needs / trainers / resources.

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