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Chief Commissioner's Blog | A 24-hour snapshot

An eventful 24 hours in the north east of England provided a snapshot of our Movement last weekend…

#BetterPrepared in practice

After an evening with the Humberside County team, talking development and answering their questions, we made an early morning visit to several groups camping at Primrose Hill, North Lincolnshire, for their weekend’s adventures.

I later joined Central Yorkshire Scouts for the opening of Chapeltown Scouts, which is part of our #BetterPrepared initiative. As well as meeting the volunteers who have made it happen, we had an interesting discussion with the head teacher, school governors and local councillors – their particular enthusiasm has been key to the successful start. Key also is the support of the neighbouring Group – the GSL is supporting the Group to get established.

No mean feat

Early afternoon at Blackshill Campsite in Bradford provided a chance to do many things.  Bradford North and Bradford South Districts have a good history of development so it was great to catch up on the sustainability of Groups established over the past two years in their iScout initiative. We should never underestimate how hard sustainability is; the support of the whole district – as well as the community – is vital.  It was great to learn that all the Groups are still open today, which is no mean feat!

Plenty happening

Bradford North were holding a leaders forum and also a youth forum; a Scout skills day for Bradford South was also in full swing. Chatting to Amy, Bradford North’s new District Youth Commissioner, was particularly inspiring as she shared the District’s thoughts, experiences and plans to ensure they are Youth Shaped. A chat with Paul, their elected Youth Trustee, was also very informative on the subject of young people in decision making. It was great also to chat to many young people at both events – and thank you for the birthday card and good wishes!

Programme refresh

I joined the leaders during their Programme refresh discussions, which was a great chance to share how it all fits with our strategy and why it’s such an exciting opportunity. I got the chance to see their new facilities too and had the privilege of opening their new bouldering wall, climbing tower and accommodation for the volunteer wardens and to thank the donors whose support is vital in all we do.

Celebrating achievements

Durham Town Hall was the venue for my evening, where I joined Durham Scouts who had spent the day celebrating the achievements of 520 young people receiving their top awards.  The vibrancy and energy was such a fitting testament for their achievements; check out a live stream of the event.

All in all, it was a great way to spend my birthday (I managed to spend time with the family too!).  Many thanks for all the kind messages.




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