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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Standing up for Scouting

After an inspiring evening in East London with the Duchess of Cambridge, local leaders and a new Scout Group, Wayne reflects on the events of the past week and the future of youth work.

The power of helping

Watching HRH Duchess of Cambridge help Beaver Scouts to earn their Disability Awareness Badge with fellow volunteer helpers, it was easy to see the power of helping young people learning by doing and trying new activities and new skills.

The Duchess joined us to show her support for Scouting and particularly our Better Prepared initiative to ensure more young people, especially in deprived areas, enjoy the same life-changing activities as others.

Proud to Scout

I’m not the only one who is proud to be a Scout Leader; there are more than 130,000 volunteers  who give time and energy to helping young people because we know that helping them fulfil their potential is vital. What volunteers achieve week in, week out is inspiring and it makes it all the more frustrating when parts of the media and society seek to use unacceptable and appalling behaviour of a very small proportion of people to taint the image and reputation of all.

Doing so will potentially prevent whole generations of young people having life-changing opportunities through organisations like Scouts; the recruitment of professional teachers, social workers, sports coaches and youth workers will potentially suffer as well.  We can’t let this happen – and we won’t.

Why we Scout

Anyone with a passion for helping young people understands the needs of those who were abused to have closure and to know that those who abused them are punished.  At The Scout Association, we have for a long time been at the forefront of work, policies and procedures with a view to making the safety of young people our number one priority while providing millions of young people life-changing opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had.

The Duchess’s recent visit is testament to the power of Scouting, and during the months to come there will be hundreds more inspiring, amazing stories unfolding at Scout Groups all over the UK; let’s focus on the positive impact we make and continue to be proud of what we do.

 

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