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Chief Commissioner's Blog | The Wildest Birthday Party, and more!

BLOG 11.02.16

Wayne spent last weekend travelling around the UK to attend the #Cubs100 takeover and the national #YouShape event. In this week's blog, he discusses how the two can work together.

The Wildest Birthday Party, and more

I know I’ve said it before, and doubtless will do a few more times this year, but I had an amazing day on Saturday where I joined 7600 Cubs taking over on Blackpool Pleasure Beach, before heading on to Doncaster for #YouShape with 200 young adults from across the UK.

Better still, I was accompanied by a journalist and team so got to spend travelling time (and there was lots!) talking endlessly about Scouting!

All the fun, and more

For the first time in its 120 year history, Blackpool Pleasure Beach park had given itself over to exclusive use for 7,600 Cubs, leaders and helpers from the North West region and further afield. And what a party they had, despite the worst the weather could throw at them too! The day was also a fab advert with hourly Sky News live broadcasts, as well as regional BBC and TV etc.

Fun and adventure

I’ve written before about the opportunity that Cubs100 offers to rejuvenate the Cub Section, providing excellent Programmes in fun and exciting ways.  It’s a fact that whilst many Cub Leaders struggle with the internet (and even mobile phones!) Cubs themselves are rapidly turning away from TV, getting all their information and engagement through mobile devices etc.  The experience we offer and our programmes need to reflect that.

The role of Young Leaders

And what better role for Young Leaders in Cub packs who are ideally placed to fil that gap with their energy and empathy with the generation.  Better still, more experienced leaders can use their experience to mentor and support the Young Leaders

So what’s the problem?


Over in Doncaster, 200 young adults had gathered from across the UK for the second #YouShape.

I arrived in time for dinner to catch up with the day's exciting events, debates and discussion groups and then to sit in on some of their evening workshops.  One I found particularly interesting was looking at Young Leaders, where I was struck by how many barriers the young people (around 20) felt there were:

·      Training that was boring and not delivered in a timely or appropriate way.
·      Having to pay for their Young Leader belts (designed to recognise their achievements!).
·      But above all, few of them felt that their leaders empowered them to play a full role in the sections e.g. Programme planning, and generally they were asked to do the ‘juice and biscuits’ and games.

I’ve been lucky enough to witness great examples of Young Leader training and involvement in their sections. It would be great if all young people benefited from the best examples, not the worst!

The challenge

How about seeking the views of Young Leaders at your next District Leader meeting and discussing what practical steps we can take together to make the most if a wonderful opportunity to help Cubs, and Young leaders too!



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