The new Central Branch group in Ecuador, consisting of 13 Gilwell group members, was asked to organize a Preliminary Wood Badge training under the Gilwell methodology.
(A Wood badge is a Scouting leadership program and the related award for adult leaders in the programs of Scout associations around the world.)
Recently more members from Latin America registered to become member of ISGF via Central Branch:
The local Central Branch guild Ñacurutú nr.1 of the Fraternidad de Antiguos Scouts y Guias del Uruguay (FASGU), in Uruguay started on May 1, 2009 their first community project at a farm school, located in a rural area northeast of Montevideo in the village of Aramendia.
On February 22, under a storm of wind and rain, the local Central Branch guild "Ñacurutú No. 1" in Uruguay organized a party in commemoration of the birth of Baden-Powell and his wife Olave.
Scouts, Pioneers and authorities of various Associations of Scouts of Uruguay, altogether sixty people, participated in activities and certificates of participation were handed over to the leaders of Scouts de Uruguay.
We asked you lately in the publication ISGF Info how you celebrated Fellowship Day on October 25th as Fellowship Day is a very important event so that our ISGF continues and develops in the world.
We start with our Central Branch group CASEGHA, a group of 100 former scouts and girl guides of Haiti, living in New York, USA.
At our gathering for the International Fellowship Day, we just had an opening ceremony to celebrate the 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We wanted also to share with the other members who could not attend World Conference 2008 one of the beautiful morning reflexions.
In the picture, some CASEGHA members after lighting their candles, representing the flames of brotherhood, solidarity, non-violence, liberty, peace, life and hope. We were saying ALL TOGETHER: we raise the Flame of the values of Scouting and Guiding.
During the WAGGGS Africa Regional Conference 2007 in Zambia, ISGF had the opportunity to hand over an appreciation certificate to the delegation from Kenya Girl Guide Association (KGGA).
This association was very active in getting the Scout & Guide Spirit Flame started from Baden-Powell's grave and brought it to Ethiopia.
From left to right:
Claudia Kabui, Central Branch member of Kenya; Wamuyu Mahinda, board member since WAGGGS World Conference 2008; Rose Kioko, international commissioner KGGA; Shariffa Keshavjee, national vice-chairman KGGA
Doreen Haddow, National President of Trefoil Girl Guides Association of South Africa (right), met our chairman, Martine Lévy, and General Secretary, Faouzia Kchouk (left) while attending the WAGGGS World Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2008. She has given her helping hand to this Conference. The three of them discussed the prospects for further development of South Africa for ISGF. Doreen is also our contact person of a group of Central Branch members. She is very eager to recruit more members and to encourage the Trefoil Guilders as well as past members of Guiding to join ISGF.
Juan Salazar, candidate for next World Committee visited Uruguay on a mission as liaison person for Central Branch in order to inform an enthusiast group of former Scouts and Guides.
Visit to Fraternidad de Antiguos Scouts y Guias del Uruguay (FASGU)
In December 2007 this group of former Scouts and Guides was constituted in the city of Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2008 inquiries were made in order to incorporate themselves to the International Scout and Guide Fellowship (ISGF).
Leny Doelman, Central Branch Coordinator, provided them with an information kit and she asked Juan Salazar, member of the National Scout and Guide Fellowship in Chile, to assist her to do the follow-up. Juan offered to visit them to inform them about the requirements, benefits and significance in order to become member of ISGF.
Yacoubou A. Madjid who attended the second Africa gathering held in Ghana, November 2007, succeeded in organising in March 2008 a meeting in Lome, Togo, with the support of the Coordinator for Africa, Eddie Mettle Nunoo and his team.
They had the opportunity to work especially with the already constituted group "the Circle of Former Scouts and Guides" and they decided all together to set up as soon as possible a Central Branch in Togo.
In the beginning of April 2008, Argentina had five (5) years in the ISGF's Central Branch. We celebrated it with paper balloons at night. Each group member in Argentina had a meeting at 10 pm in parka and all groups sent beautiful messages in paper balloons. Then we had dinner to celebrate our Anniversary!
Five years maybe is not too much, but it was very important for us to begin this trip. Now after 5 years of hard work, we are ready to become a National Scout and Guide Fellowship at the World Conference 2008 in Austria.
Hope to see you all in Austria.