- AGLT, Romania
- Ateitis, Lithuania
- MCECC, Catalonia
- Chiro Flanders, Belgium
- eRko, Slovakia
- FDF, Denmark
- FOI, Italy
- Jong Nederland, Netherlands
- Jubla, Switzerland
- Katholische Jungschar, Austria
- KjG, Germany
- ZAK, Malta
Full name of organisation: Asociația Grupurilor Locale de Tineret
When did the organisation start? 2004
How many members does it have? 120 members 1500 volunteers
What kind of activity do they carry out? Our main activities are ‘The Play Day’ dedicated to children and youth 5 to 13 years old. We also have summer camps for our volunteers where they learn how to become monitors and leaders. Each Local Youth Group organises activities for the children in the community and as well for the volunteers: youth exchange, treasure hunt, fund raising, etc. We are organising activities for children and youth with special needs, we also have a national week dedicated to those activities.
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? No, we do not have uniforms, we only have T-shirts with the logo and each local group is making T-shirts with their own name.
Do you have a theme for the year? We do not have a general theme, but we have a month theme.
Are you in a partnership or do you do some international activities? We do have international partnerships with ADR Vlaanderen, KAZOU, Somepro, TON (The Open Network for Community Development) and working on a collaboration with Chiro Vlaanderen. Partnerships with multiple local schools on a national level.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? We are working on a magazine: Drum in Lucru We are publishing our big activities in TON’s Newsletter.
Full name of the organisation: Moviment de Centres d’Esplai Cristians Catalans
When did the organisation start? MCECC started in 2012
How many members do you have? MCECC includes 227 local groups in differents parts of the catalan territory, This numbers mean 3900 leaders and approximately 20.000 children per year (arriving to 25.000 during summer).
What kind of activities do they carry out? The activities really depend on each local group. The majority of them meet Saturday (morning or afternoon) to play games and learn different values through the play value, through workshops, through prayers… There are also local groups that meet Friday or Sunday, and others that just prepare summer camps.
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? Our members do not wear a uniform, despite this some of the groups (is not mandatory) they use a “foulard” (a triangular cloth of different colors) and each local group has its own combination of colours.
Do you have a theme for the year? No, we do not. We have a theme for each youth gathering and leaders gathering and we release different resources regarding each theme.
Are you in a partnership or do you have international activities? No, we are a part of FIMCAP only.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? Every two months we publish and send a magazine called “Estris” to all our local groups. We share some of the articles in www.estris.cat website.
MCECC Website: https://www.peretarres.org/mcecc
MCECC Instagram: @esplaismcecc
MCECC twitter: @esplaisMCECC
Full name of the organisation: Chirojeugd-Vlaanderen
When did the organisation start? 1934
How many members do you have? around 113.000
What kind of activities do they carry out? Chirojeugd-Vlaanderen is a youth movement that focuses on playing games and having fun, while being open to everybody. Starting from the age of 6, you can go to your local group every week and during the summer break, we organise a 10-day camp where you get completely submerged in the Chiroculture.
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? Within Chiro you have to be able to be yourself. All shapes and combinations of Chiro clothes are possible, nothing is necessary. Therefore, we speak of Chiro clothes and not of a ‘uniform’. We are mainly recognized by our blue shirt or short/skirt, which we wear in both summer and winter.While you can by every piece of clothing possible from the national organisation, many local groups put their own twist on their Chiro clothing to create their own entity within the bigger picture.
Do you have a theme for the year? Yes, every year we have a different year theme. In 2019-2020, it was borderless Chiro. All our year themes can be found on the website: https://chiro.be/oude-jaarthemas
Are you in a partnership or do you have international activities? Yes we have many collaborations with other organisations. We try to participate in activities of other organisations like Ranftreffen, FDF national camp,… and get international guests to our activities like Krinkel, Chirolink,… Each year we also try to get local groups to participate in an exchange with a local group of a partner organisation and we organise Chiro Railways where we visit different organisations with a group of leaders.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members?
We have many magazines and newsletter for different groups of members in our organisation. In this way we want to keep as many persons involved in the organisation as possible.
Full name of the organisation: eRko – Christian Children Communities Movement
When did the organisation start? Since 1990 eRko is registered at the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic as a non-governmental organisation. Nonofficial work started in 1973 as part of the underground Church in Slovakia.
How many members do you have? It has more than 6 500 members and nowadays, it is one of the biggest children’s organisation in Slovakia.
What kind of activities do they carry out? – regular meetings of children in small groups – communities where we talk discuss various topics, play games, and search for the answers to the questions that bother us – summer camps Campaigns and projects: – Christmas carol singing action Dobrá novina – MINIdigi – Children deed of help – Candle for unborn children – Rebrík (the only Slovak Catholic magazine for children)
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? We wear eRko T-shirts with our four symbols, but we don’t have an official uniform.
Do you have a theme for the year? Yes, every school year we have a theme of the year. Actually it is „You can be a hero too.“
Are you in a partnership or do you have international activities? Besides FIMCAP we are members of CIDSE and cooperate with IFCA.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? We publish the magazine with methodic materials for leaders of children groups, named LUSK. And we send the newsletter about how it is working at eRko every month.
Full name of the organisation: Frivilligt Drenge- og Pige-Forbund
When did the organisation start? 1902
How many members do you have? 25.000
What kind of activities do they carry out? The main activity in FDF is playing games together, mixed with outdoor life, music, “out-of-church” spiritual activities, and camps.
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? Yes, a blue shirt.
Do you have a theme for the year? No.
Are you in a partnership or do you have international activities? We are always engaged with an international project that runs for 2-4 years. The current project is called “GLOBUS”, focuses on Denmark and Nepal, and is related to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, with specific focus on: 12: Responsible consumption and production 13: Climate action 15: Life on land The project is run in collaboration with the Danish NGO DanChurchAid and runs until 2022.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? LEDEREN: For the youth leaders BLUZ: For the “seniorvæbnere” and “seniorer”, 13-19 year olds FLUX: For “pilte”, “væbnere” and “seniorvæbnere”, 9-12 year olds Sille & Sigurd (more like a cartoon, than a magazine): For “Puslinge” and “Tumlinge”, 5-8 year olds
More information: FDF is organized in approximately 350 local groups, collaborating in varying degrees with a local church under the Danish Folk Church. The Danish Folk Church is Lutheran Protestant, and so is FDF, although members and youth leaders are not required to be members of the church.
Full name of the organisation: Jong Nederland
When did the organisation start? 6 December 1944
How many members do you have? In total, we have 1.400 volunteers at local departments and 4.000 youth members.
What kind of activities do they carry out? Our departments organise all kinds of activities in the categories sports & games, outdoor and creativity.
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? We do not have a uniform, but most departments have sweaters or t-shirts with the name of their department and the national logo of Jong Nederland (sometimes with some modifications).
Do you have a theme for the year? No, we do not have a year theme.
Are you in a partnership or do you have international activities? We promote and sometimes participate in activities organised by FIMCAP.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? Yes, we have the magazine IDEE (Idea in English). We publish and deliver it to our volunteers 3 times a year.
More information: Our mission: Jong Nederland is a national youth organisation which gives young people the space they need. Jong Nederland wants everyone from 4 to 18 years to have the opportunity to play in their free time, for relaxation and development.
Our website: http://www.jongnederland.nl
Our post address: Jong Nederland Vredeman de Vriesstraat 38a 5041 GS Tilburg
Full name of the organisation: Jungwacht Blauring Schweiz
When did the organisation start? 1932
How many members do you have? 31’500
What kind of activities do they carry out? Laughing together, experiencing unforgettable moments, singing and enjoying campfires, diving into adventurous outdoor games, hiking and spending the night under the stars, putting up tents and cooking over the fire, drawing treasure maps, dressing up, putting our heads together and developing ideas, taking responsibility and putting things into practice, celebrating special moments, finding friends for life – all this and much more is offered by Jungwacht Blauring. Jubla offers a fun school of life.
Do your members wear a uniform or some kind of symbol? No.
Do you have a theme for the year? Since 2005, Jubla has been putting an annual theme into practice on the basis of its mission statement, principles, position and multiannual objectives. The aim is to address children and adolescents and to convey specific contents of Jubla. For 2020 the year theme is “Feuer und Flamme” (fire and flame).
Are you in a partnership or do you have international activities? Jubla Switzerland is a member of FIMCAP. Jubla Switzerland maintains a partnership with the Chiro Philippines.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? We communicate via social media and regularly send newsletters to our members. The association magazine “Hosesack” appears twice a year.
Information about Member Organisation:
As the largest children’s organization in Austria, the Katholische Jungschar is responsible for children’s pastoral care and leisure-time educational work with children of the Catholic Church and a member of the Catholic Action.
More than 110,000 children in Austria and South Tyrol about 19,000 volunteer group leaders accompany the children on their way. Weekly group lessons, celebrations around the year, children’s festivals and youth group camps make up the colorful annual plan for the youth groups.
In all dioceses, committed full-time and voluntary employees of the diocesan leadership take care of the concerns and needs of the group leaders in the parishes. The Federal Secretariat of the Katholische Jungschar coordinates nationwide projects, takes on representation in political committees and provides content-related support for diocesan guides in the area of child pastoral care, public relations and social policy.
The governing bodies of the Katholische Jungschar are democratically elected, twice a year there are nationwide meetings where projects are discussed and further work steps are initiated. The chairmen of the Jungschar work on a voluntary basis, they are supported by the federal managing director of the KJSÖ and the managing director of the Dreikönigsaktion.
The Dreikönigsaktion is the development cooperation agency of the Katholische Jungschar and supports the people in the global south with the carol singers’ campaign and the money it collects. Pastoral, social, educational and human rights programs are made possible with this support.
Full name of the organisation: Katholische Jungschar Österreich
When did the organization start? In 1947
How many members do you have?
110,000 children in Austria and South Tyrol and 19,000 volunteer group leaders
What kind of activities do you do?
We create diverse adventure spaces for children. In our youth groups we pay attention to a culture of togetherness and promote a responsible approach to creation. We emphasize the playful engagement with the concrete living environment of the children and enable important experiences of social learning.
We encourage children in their religious development and encourage them to ask questions and search for the meaning of life. In conversation and celebration we share with the children our trust in the God who is turned towards us. We strive to design the liturgy and parish life in a way that is suitable for children.
We accompany children on their way through life by being consciously interested in their living conditions and giving their needs space and a hearing.
We involve children in church and society by assigning them as they are an indispensable role in church and society and by taking them seriously, empowering and encouraging them.
Do your members wear a uniform or use any kind of symbol?
No uniforms are used, but a symbol:
Do you have a year theme?
With our annual nationwide campaigns around the day of children’s rights on November 20, we make a contribution to the awareness of children’s rights in Austrian society and are committed to their comprehensive compliance.
The children’s rights campaign 2020 focuses on ecological children’s rights. Children’s rights need strong roots and an earth on which we and future generations can lead a good life. Children have the right to grow up in an intact environment and need prospects for a prosperous life.
Child welfare and environmental protection are inextricably linked. These include, for example, healthy food, clean air, adequate livelihoods and protecting our climate.
Under the motto “Children’s rights want roots”, we will symbolically plant flowers, gardens, trees and bushes in autumn 2020, from September 20, the beginning of the SDG week of action, through to Children’s Rights Day on November 20, 2020. We want to point out that we are rooting the 17 sustainable development goals and our commitment to a better world.
Are you in a partnership or do you do some international activities?
We are are member of the Austrian National Youth Council, the official and legally established representative body of children and youth in Austria, as well as the Network Child Rights Austria / National Coalition for the Implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.
As Catholic children’s organization in Austria we are member of the the Catholic Action Austria which sees itself as a lay movement of the Catholic Church and is formed by social Catholic associations in the fields of children, youth, women, men, workers and academics.
We are further part of the ecomenical youth council Austria (Ökumenischer Jugendrat).
Through our development cooperation agency Dreikönigsaktion we are further member of various development cooperation networks in Austria and worldwide (GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY – Austrian Platform for development and humanitarian aid, Coordination Office of the Austrian Bishops´ Conference).
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? A magazine called „Lebenszeichen” published 4 times a year by the the Dreikönigsaktion and an online newsletter.
Country: Germany / Deutschland
Fullname of the organisation: Katholische junge Gemeinde
When did the organization start? 1970
How many members do you have? 60000
What kind of activities do you do? We do everything from local group-sessions and camps to larger state or federal camps, educartion experience, seminars, trips and political events.
Do your members wear a uniform or use any kind of symbol? We do not have a uniform, but use the “Seelenbohrer” as our national symbol.
Do you have a year theme? No, but we have a range of general topics we base our work on, namely participation; faith and spirituality as well as gender justice and diversity. Further topics central to our work are sustainability and ecology; European and international work; peace; engagement for democracy and human dignity; digital life and network policy; and inter-generational justice.
Are you in a partnership or do you do some international activities?
- Our international committee organizes international trips and political events from time to time, apart from that most international activities are organized through FIMCAP.
- Our local and diocesan groups are involved in a couple of exchange and encounter programs and have there own international partnerships.
Do you publish a magazine or newsletter for your members? We do not have a federal magazine, but we publish a newsletter every month. There are however magazines in some states.
- The “Katholische junge Gemeinde” (short form: KjG) is a German children and youth association, in which young people live Christian values in joint activities, learn to develop their own opinion and assume social and political responsibility.
- We offer opportunities for children, adolescents and young adults to get together, to have fun, to develop on a personal level and to find their own approaches to faith.
- In our association we campaign for democracy, solidarity and justice, as well in church and society.
- It is important for KjG to connect young people as well across borders and to work together for in solidarity.