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Chief Commissioner's blog| Be careful what you wish for

Wayne paid a visit to Devon to catch up with south west Scouts this week and also witnessed one particular leader getting more than he bargained for...

Making good use of time

As you know, our Scout values are ingrained in my psyche, including that one about using time wisely. In addition to using my travels to catch up with a multitude of correspondence and reading, it is also good to meet a wide variety of people too. The weekend was no exception.

A great way to celebrate

I’ve not visited Scouts in Devon for a while, so I was delighted to join them in Exeter on Saturday for an exciting day of activities (rifle range, climbing, abseiling and ten pin bowling). This was followed by a presentation of 60 Chief Scout Gold Awards, which provided the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Scouts and Explorers  (always a pleasure) and thank the leaders and families who have helped them on their journey.

Life at the sharp end

Steve Frank, Chairman of 2nd Exeter Scout Group wrote to me a while ago.  His day job as a consultant covers things like quality assurance and change management amongst other tasks and so we had an exchange of various ideas and thoughts. It was great to join him for a coffee while I was in Exeter and to learn more about current experiences of a Group Chairman, as well as some exciting things the Group is doing with a parent/carer survey in supporting a quality programme.

More than he bargained for

8th Ealing leader, Mark Yates, got a little more than he bargained for when he wrote inviting four VIPs to his centenary camp and one accepted – he then needed to actually organise the camp!

To drum up enthusiasm for a group camp to celebrate 8th Ealing’s upcoming centenary, Mark hit on the idea of writing to our The Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, Bear and I. He got lovely letters back (each now proudly on display) including mine offering to pop in and see them if possible. The only problem was that, until that point, he hadn't actually organised an event.

Great fun

Judging from the fantastic response I got from the Cubs and Scouts when I joined them for dinner on Saturday, this hadn’t stopped the amazing leaders, parents and other helpers from organising a long weekend camp. The ScoutCraft survival experts from IEAT were on hand to demonstrate a number of Scouting skills (the axe-throwing proving just a little more popular than the paracord survival bracelets).

It was great also to present a Chief Scout Gold Award to one particular Scout, Ramon, and to cut the birthday cake.

Though Mark managed to help organise a brilliant event in the end, it still goes to show that you should be careful what you wish for!





By Mark Yates
on 29/10/2013 19:31

Thanks for joining us Wayne :0)

By Janet Sehgal
on 30/10/2013 01:15

Thank you Wayne it really was an awesome event celebrating 100 years in Scouting, Mark pulled out it off with his organisation skills and your visit topped it off, thanks for joining us for dinner and cutting the cake.

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