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Building successful partnerships

Partnerships turned out to be the theme for Wayne during the last week, and a visit to Wintercamp at Hawkhirst, Northumberland was no exception.

No matter how good we are, individually or collectively, we achieve much more by working in partnership with others at all levels.

Joining the mud and fun of Wintercamp

The success of the Gilwell/Hawkirst event, which I joined on Sunday, was achieved through many partnerships: the staff and volunteer event teams from Gilwell and National Centres, and the volunteer team of Northumberland who used it to build on an already successful winter event.

Some Groups and Units within Districts joined in successful partnership to get to the event; pictured here are happy members from 2nd, 4th, 18th Tynemouth Groups, all 30 of whom had a great time (judging from the cleanness, the picture was taken at the start of the weekend!).

Looking for new external partners too

On Friday, amongst several meetings that Derek Twine and I had, we explored a potential partnership with the CEO of Free the Children [www.freethechildren.com], and exciting charity started in Canada in 1995 by 12 year old Craig Kielburger, which is aimed at tackling poverty and child labour and was recently established in UK.

Ensuring current partnerships work at their best

I took advantage of being in Northumberland to spend time with our Chairman, Sir Alan Craft (another partnership) and on Friday evening and Saturday, my team and I met to catch up on where we are, what's happening across the UK and work on bringing the Vision to life!

And finally, the most important

After 5 days away Scouting, it was nice to come home on Tuesday evening to the most important partnership – my family.




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