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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Let us journey

BLOG 29.04.16

This week, Wayne reflects on the celebrations which took place last weekend at Windsor (and beyond).

Let us journey

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the national day of achievement and celebration with over 4,000 Queen Scouts, Gallantry and Meritorious Award and adult Good Service Award recipients and their families taking over Windsor Castle and the town of Windsor for the day.  It is always an amazing event and Sunday was no exception.


And not just in Windsor

I’ve been especially excited this year to see the wide variety of fun and exciting ways that so many have been using to celebrate St George’s Day and to renew our Promises.

But before that, my week comprised a couple of days of ‘Scouting business’. As dull as it may seem, the reality is that it is this hard work, research and networking that facilitate the success we enjoy and that is so epitomised on St George’s Day across the UK.

Operations Committee

At the Operations Committee on Saturday we looked at proposals to make the vetting process easier, received progress reports on some exciting development initiatives and agreed a review of how best we can use our development funds to support the local development of Scouting.  An initial review of the census data highlighted our key areas of success and helped us focus on the priority of 'completing groups’ e.g. ensuring that all have at least Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and good access to Network and Explorers.

The good news keeps flowing

More good news came with a large number of early Scout Network sign-ups, not to mention a few more interesting digital badge suggestions! As well as  IST registrations for The Moot 2017 already exceeding the spaces available.

Scouting and the DofE Award

The theme of the National Scout Service, devised and led by Queen Scouts was ‘Let us journey on’, and included an inspiring address from John May highlighting the link we have with the Duke of Edinburgh Award which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.



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