World Scouting Today: Non-Formal Education Program

November 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
John Simms Community Centre
8 Avenue Westminster S
Montréal-Ouest, QC H4X 1Y5
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

World Scouting today is not what you may think. Today’s Scouting is 110 years old, in 169 countries world-wide, with just over 50 million members of both genders. And Scouting is no longer a northern hemisphere, developed country movement. Over 80% of our members are in the developing countries worldwide. The young people in these areas face a constant struggle to avoid the perils of drug abuse and the influence of street gangs.

Some of these youths run the risk of becoming tomorrow’s terrorists. Today, Scouting is in the slums …opening the doors to schools; offering basic medical and health support; informal career advice; thus providing an alternative to the ever-present influence of drugs and crime. It is Scouting in the more affluent countries which can learn from these realities by supporting their partners in the developing world.

John Neysmith is a former member of the World Scout Committee, was Internal Auditor of the World Scout Movement, and was International Commissioner for Scouts Canada. He has spent significant time in a number of African countries supporting the management and financial aspects of their national associations.

Currently he is assistant director operations for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree at which there will be 48,000 participants. He has been a volunteer in the Scouting movement for 50 years.

John has been involved in business and Scouting in the USA, Latin America, Africa, Central Europe and Asia. He has both a B.Com. and a B.A. degree.

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