Advent Calendar of the Guides and Scouts of Finland
The Advent Calendar of the Guides and Scouts of Finland is the most important funding source for Finland's more than 750 scout groups. The sales income of the calendars is put in to the scouts’ activities in full, and the majority is received by the local scout groups. It's possible to buy the calendar online or from a young guide or scout in shopping centers or events.
With the proceeds of the Advent Calendars, the Guides and Scouts of Finland are able to, for example, purchase camping equipment for their camps and excursions, offer lower camp fees or renovate their sailing boat.
The price of the Advent Calendar is 7 euros. It is illustrated by a Finnish graphic designer and illustrator Elina Warsta.
How are the proceeds used?
The proceeds of the advent calendars are used in whole for the operations of the Guides and Scouts of Finland. There are a few examples below.
Roihu 2016 was one of the main themes of the year. Roihu culminated with a huge camp arranged in Evo in July, to which 17,000 guides and scouts from Finland and abroad participated. With the calendar proceeds, the scout groups have funded their participation in the camp. www.roihu2016.fi.
Camps and trips
For most guides and scouts, camps and trips are their favourite and most memorable activities. With the help of the calendar proceeds, the scout groups are able to keep the camp fees at a reasonable level.
Equipment that are used a lot also wear. With the proceeds of the advent calendar, the scout group is able to purchase, for example, a new tent or stove.
The guides and scouts meet weekly at the den. With the calendar proceeds, the scout group is able to renovate the den to meet the needs of the guides and scouts.
As told by the guides and scouts
Below there are a few videos, in which the guides and scouts personally explain and show, how the calendar proceeds have been used.
New training boat
Kulosaari Sea Scouts acquired a new training boat in 2013. The advent calendar sales played a significant role in financing the boat.
With the proceeds from the sales of the advent calendars, the scout groups are able to organise new and interesting activities, which encourages more and more children and young people to start the hobby.
Jamboree in Japan 2015
Almost a thousand scouts from Finland attended a jamboree in Japan in 2015. Many of them funded their travel expences partly by selling advent calendars.