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Chief Commissioner's blog | Happy new year

In this week's blog, Wayne looks forward to what 2014 holds for Scouting.

Building further on our success

Over the past few years we have made major strides in ensuring that Scouting is relevant and sound, with eight consecutive years of growth paying testament to this success. 2014 will bring one of our greatest challenges yet and further opportunities too.

Early in the year, we will launch our Strategic Plan 2014/18 which maps out what we will be doing to support our members in achieving our ambitions for the Vision Towards 2018.

We will be pulling together the nine strategic objectives of the Vision under the following key objectives:

  1. Growth
  2. Inclusivity
  3. Youth shaped in partnership with adults
  4. Community impact

Streamlining the plan

These will be joined up by 14 underpinning strategies, seven each for the Movement and UK Headquarters (ie things we will do centrally to support Scouting). These underpinning strategies cover a variety of basic needs such as programme, adult and managers’ training, recruitment and retention, communications, finance etc. They also include some significantly enhanced areas such as support for ‘local places to meet’ for Scouting and new digital technology, seizing that opportunity and responding to your feedback.

We will share more of this in greater detail in the beginning of the second quarter of 2014.

Project Compass

We are highly conscious that the biggest of these challenges will be the successful delivery of Compass, our new membership system. We are very aware of the scepticism within the Movement of this project; however I am pleased to report that progress to date is good. We are quietly confident of successfully delivering the new system in 2014, while not being complacent given the inherent challenges that IT poses for many major institutions, not just Scouting. 

We updated the list of Compass FAQs in December and will be sharing additional information in the coming months. I would ask members to be patient while we prepare for the roll-out of the new system, which we are confident will provide members with the means to transform local administration and make the tasks of section and unit leaders a little easier to manage.

Greater appreciation

We also expect to make additional progress in the wider appreciation of the significant role that Scouting and our volunteers play in improving opportunities for young people, both directly through promoting our activities and also through our work with umbrella organisations such as Step Up To Serve.

Above all else, however, we will not lose sight of the fact that Scouting remains for many of us a hobby, something that we do in our spare time and which we must continue to enjoy and draw satisfaction from. Over the coming year and beyond I am confident that we’ll have ever increasing confidence in our step.

Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner



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