„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

Chair of the board: Kristóf Lackner, Hungary
E-mail: lacknerkristof@kie.hu

Secretary: Veronika Kozlová, Czech Republic
E-mail:  veronika.kozlova@ymcaskaut.cz

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

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

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

Member: Houry Pilibbossian, Armenia
E-mail: houry.pilibbossian@gmail.com

Member: Iina Salmi, Finland
E-mail: iinasalmi98@gmail.com

Board email: esg@ymcaeurope.com

ESG Newsletter

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


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.

The ESG Day, during the first week of November 2020, was organised by the Czech YMCA. More information available here.

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 is divided into two parts

  • the Leadership Training is for those from 18 and below;
  • the Seminar is for those who are 18 and older.

Because of Convid-19, that ESG LTS 2020 was not organised in Cologne last August. However, on the 29th of August an ESG Online seminar was held. The participants discussed about the ESG Jamboree 2021, the Annual meeting and had other presentations.

ESG Jamboree 2021 planned to gather YMCA/YWCA-scouts and jungschars from all around Europe together, for the first time ever to the Finnish forests! 

Due to the coronavirus situation, the group members will not be able to gather for an international camp. The spirit of the Jamboree will not falter, even though the physical camp has been cancelled. 

The organisers are providing you with Not-So-Jamboree – The ESG Program Package, which includes activities suited for all situations: to do with your local group, in smaller groups or by yourself.

Share your experiences also on Instagram by tagging @esgjamboree and @esgymca . Tagged stories and pictures will be shared on Facebook and on Instagram.

ESG Leadership Training and Seminar 2022

Save the date(s): 17th - 21th August 2022, Germany. More information and registrations.

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  instagram  and Facebook page account.