„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

Here you will find the latest newsletter from the ESG ExCom.

Newsletter 2018

For the 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.

11th. of November 2017

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 Day 2017 in Ukraine

Read more about ESG Day 2016 in Finland

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 a 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.

ESG Leadership Training and Seminar 2018
29 August - 2 September 2018, Czech Republic.

Full info available here

Registration form

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 is 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.