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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Remembering our roots and values

BLOG 21.12.15

Wayne takes a trip down memory lane this week, returning to Hampshire to visit the Scout Group he joined as a Cub in 1969!

Remembering our roots and values

After the nostalgia of the Association of Scout and Guide Centres Managers’ conference at Foxlease in the New Forest, I returned to Hampshire last week to join my very first Scout Group to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  A little scary as I first joined the group as a Cub in 1969 and spent 15 happy years with them.

As always with such occasions it was an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new and especially to talk with my leaders who had provided me with life changing opportunities that I so often speak about and are undoubtedly at the very core of my own values and approach to so many things, including the mistakes I made and the lessons that helped me understand from an early age.

It was great to celebrate the present, and the Group has gone from strength to strength since I left!  Not least it now has two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs and has recently opened its third Sea Scout Troop.  The group also has its Royal Navy recognition, something we only aspired to when I was Scout Leader!

Congratulations to the leaders and young people of the 1st Warsash Sea Scout Group and congratulations on your 50th anniversary.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme

As you know already, Scouting succeeds when working with others and this is certainly true of the partnership we have with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.  I recently caught up with Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the scheme, to share experiences and to explore how we could strengthen our partnership, providing increasing opportunities for young people to undertake the award and benefit from the strong recognition it has in the wider community, as part of the core Scouting Programme. 

This is particularly significant as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme celebrates its Diamond Anniversary next year and so we have explored a number of ways in which we might work together to maximise this opportunity.  Watch this space!

Trustee Board

I’m pleased to say that we again in a position to share more transparency on the work and deliberations of the Trustee Board and you can follow the updates here, as well as the updates that will be provided through Scouting Plus.  If you are interested in getting involved nationally, don’t forget that you can always check out current vacancies through our various social media feeds and by visiting our Volunteering Vacancies page.



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