„YMCA Europe is a working fellowship to strengthen movements where people grow in body, mind and spirit.“

European YMCA Scouting & Jungschar group (ESG)

The platform of European Jungschar and YMCA Scouting Leaders.



ESG Executive Committee Members

Leader: Henri Backman, Finland
E-mail: henri.backman@partio.fi

Secretary: Kristóf Lackner, Hungary
E-mail: lacknerkristof@kie.hu

Member: Cyril Baschung, Switzerland
E-mail: cyril.baschung@cevi.ch

Member: Jan Krämer, Germany
E-mail: jk.jan.kraemer@gmail.com

Member: David Vlašic, Czech Republic
E-mail: vlasic@ymcaskaut.cz

Member: Vitaliy Bohniak, Ukraine
E-mail: vitaliy.bohniak@gmail.com

Member: Arevig Kazanjian, Armenia
E-mail: arevigk123@gmail.com


ESG Newsletter

For further information about ESG, please contact Henri or sign up for our newsletter (~6 mails / year)


ESG Day

The ESG Day takes place every year, at the first Saturday in a full November week.
An elected ESG country will have produced a program material which is available for all nations. The program have national inputs such as songs, games, handicrafts and some cooking. As a response to this all groups who have participated will send a postcard to the creating nation.

We will celebrate ESG Day on 7th of November 2020. This year the Czech YMCA will organize it. More information will be sent later.

ESG Day's goal is to experience others nations program and to have a better understanding of YMCA Europe. The program includes games, cooking, singing and some surprises. Important part is also to write a post card to the host country about your ESG Day.


ESG Leadership Training and Seminar

ESG Leadership Training and Seminar takes place every year in the end of August or in the beginning of September. An elected ESG country will be hosts for four days gathering. The program was divided into two parts, where the Leadership Training is for those from 18 and below and the Seminar is for those who are 18 and older.

Because of Convid-19, we are sad to inform you that ESG LTS 2020 will not be organised in Cologne this August. However, we are happy to announce that 29th of August starting 13:00 BST/14.00 CEST/15.00 EEST/16:00 AST an ESG Online seminar will happen. We will hear more about ESG Jamboree 2021, we will have an Annual meeting and presentations.

Keep the date saved, we hope you already did save it for the LTS! You will be able to connect with the following link: meet.google.com/rab-ezjm-meq


ESG Jamboree 2021 gathers YMCA/YWCA-scouts and jungschars from all around Europe together, for the first time ever to the Finnish forests! More info about the event soon.


ESG Leadership Training and Seminar 2022

After Jamboree year in Finland it is time to finally travel to Germany and have ESG LTS 2022 there. Save the date(s): 17th-24th August 2022 or 24-28th August 2022, final decision to be made during our virtual Annual meeting on 29th August 2020.


ESG Leadership Training and Seminar 2018 was organised between 29 August - 2 September in the Czech Republic.


23 - 27 August 2017 - Armenia

The Leadership Training brings leaders from all over Europe together to experience other ways of Scouting & Jungschar. You get to know the differences and similarities of our work and have an insight to the Scouting methods. The program consist of pioneering technology workshops, terrain games, cooking on the fire, singing, sports, hiking, unforgettable evenings around the campfire and much more.

The Leadership Seminar gives you the opportunity to meet leaders from all over Europe and to join different workshops and lectures on intercultural communication, YMCA International and experience pedagogy. In addition, you can exchange your ideas with the other leaders on many exciting topics to take back new ideas and ways of working in your YMCA. And of course there will be campfires, hiking and lots of fun. All participants of the seminar are invited to the annual meeting of the ESG.


Read more about the ESG Leadership Training and Seminar experience 2017


ESG Jamboree

We are planning to organize the ESG Jamboree in the next years but the date and the location are going to be decided soon. ESG Jamboree gathers scouts and jungschars from ESG countries together for a scout camp. More information is coming later. Remember to follow our homepage and social media account.