Over the past twelve months and as part of the Regional Scout Plan 2022-2025, the European Scout Region’s Organisational Development Team has spent considerable time translating the theory of organisational resilience into what a draft guidance on organisational resilience for Member Organisations of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) could look like.  
 
Within Scouting, we want to ensure that WOSM’s Member Organisations thrive in shifting realities by supporting organisational resilience through change, crisis and risk management. This will mean the Organisations have adequate organisational culture, procedures, activities and policies across all levels. For it to be successful, WOSM will make relevant tools and toolkits available in a variety of areas that are all connected. Some already exist, while others will be developed. 
 
 
Before a final proposal is ready for release, we are eager to discuss with you one particular objective of the Organisational Development Team, which is an essential element related to resources: Support Member Organisations to diversify their income sources and identify the appropriate economic mode, which allows them to fulfil their mission” (objective 1.2.3).  
 
At this moment, we would like to present you with our current reflections and concept of a future Income Diversification Guidance (our current internal working title), which will eventually be part of different Resilience Management Tools. 
 
We, therefore, invite you - and especially those involved with financial management and strategic planning in your association – to our Organisational Resilience Campfire, which is scheduled to happen online on Thursday, 7 March 2024, from 19h30 to 21h00 CET, and which will focus primarily on Financial Sustainability and Income Diversification.  
 
During the final part of the Campfire, we will also talk about our work in Risk Management and the usefulness of regularly running Crisis Exercises with relevant volunteers and staff on National and other levels of an association.  
 
The Campfire will provide our Team with a welcome opportunity to hear from you how you and your association approach the different aspects of Financial Sustainability and Income Diversification in your planning and practice because we are convinced that you already implement them, even if you might call it differently. We want to learn from your experiences and include relevant best practice examples in our future Resilience Management Tools. 
 
More concretely, we want to hear whether your association has developed and is applying financial sustainability and income diversification guidance. Does your association benefit from monetary resources besides membership fees and government funding? Have you built an economic modelling system to manage your financial resources better? Have you ever applied for funding (for example, through alumni networks, institutional and governmental funding, or private sector sponsoring) to help finance national or other events of your association, and if so, what are your learnings? If you have experience in any of these areas, we encourage you to share your experiences and learnings with us and your peers during the Campfire. 
 
The Campfire also serves as an important milestone as our Team prepares the European Scout Region’s Organisational Resilience Forum Strengthening Resilience of Youth Spaces in Europe” which will take place in co-operation with the Council of Europe’s European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France, from 9 to 13 October 2024. Pencil down these dates to spread the word about this Study Session and join us in autumn, when we will spend five days further discussing and developing Scouting’s approach to Organisational Resilience. 
 
To register for the Organisational Resilience Campfire discussion, please complete a short form with your details by 5 March 2024 at 18:00 CET.  
 
For any additional questions or clarifications, don't hesitate to contact Rupert Schildböck, Manager, Institutional and Constitutional Support, via [email protected].