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Continuing last week’s theme of the essence of Scouting, this week is a great opportunity to remind ourselves that Scouting’s 'everyday adventure' comes in many shapes and sizes.

On Saturday I bumped into the 13th Carlisle Cubs who were extremely excited at their 3 day adventure in London when they joined out meeting at Baden-Powell House for their lunch break. 

Paying for the privilege

As members of the International Service Team (and JPT), one thousand volunteers from the UK alone are giving up their holiday and paying for the privilege of helping to organise the World Scout Jamboree, which starts next week in Tokyo, where 35,000 Scouts from around the world will take part in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. There are also many other examples of local expeditions to far flung parts of the world, such as Warwickshire’s trip to the Caribbean and the Explorer Belt expedition that got themselves into the Swedish media for all the right reasons.

International opportunities nearer home

Many more thousands of young people from around the UK will be taking part in international camps, large and small; I shall tell you all about these as I join them from Sunday before heading to Japan for a few days.

Why it’s so important

We are well aware of Baden-Powell’s belief that a week in a tent is worth many more in the classroom, compounded by his belief that the worldwide family of Scouting was such a powerful tool for social cohesion. So it’s easy to understand why what we are doing is even more important today than it was when Scouting was founded 108 years ago.

And with school out for most, Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, accompanied by fellow adventurer, Megan Hine, will surprise thousands of lucky Scouts and volunteers on Sunday for a Bear in the Air special, which sees him launching his Summer Manifesto to battle boredom this summer.

Making it possible

It is times like this, when leaders are giving up their holiday and time with their families to provide these life changing opportunities for young people, that the importance of our campaign around employer-supported volunteering, the granting of paid leave to support such life changing opportunities comes to the fore.

To each of you who have been, or are about to ensure the ‘out’ in Scouting, can I just take this opportunity to say a very special thank you.

23/07/15
 

 

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