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This week, Wayne joined 500 members from across the Middle East for a District Scout Camp in Oman!

UK Scouting overseas

British Scouting Overseas has 3000 members spread across the world and provides UK Scouting to expatriate communities in 25 countries as diverse as Russia, China, Japan, Falkland Islands as well as Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

I was lucky enough to join 500 members from 9 countries across the Middle East for their District Camp in Oman last weekend.  Some participants had driven for as long as 12 hours – an impressive commitment for a weekend camp.



Making the most of the natural countryside


The natural terrain of Oman provided a variety of activity opportunities especially the very popular ‘Wadi Walking’, which is not something most were able to try at home.





For me, it was an opportunity also to listen to parents and leaders about the enjoyment and challenges in running a UK Scout programme for 6-25 so far from HQ.  So many things we take for granted require that much more planning, especially when your District spans a whole continent!

Celebrating success


Succeed they do and it was especially satisfying to be able to present the District’s first two Queen’s Scouts – testament to just how successful local delivery of the Programme is.

Working with the National Organisation


In Oman we are fortunate to have excellent partnership with the National Scout Organisation, Oman Scouts and Guides, making their facilities and resources freely available to us and offering Programme opportunities too.

It was an honour therefore to formally visit their Headquarters to meet with Mr Khamis bin Salim Al Rasbi, Director General, and his team.  Oman Scouts and Guides operate through all schools across the country, with teachers and young people participating voluntarily after school.  It was great to be able to share experiences, challenges and explore ideas together.

And back to Gilwell


Making the most of the +4 hour time difference, and Sunday being a business day in Oman, I made it back to Gilwell in time to catch up with District Commissioners arriving for their Induction Day on Monday!

 

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