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Chief Commissioner's blog| Back with a vengeance

After a two-week break, Wayne returns to the eventful world of Scouting.

Confession time

I have to confess that I rather enjoyed a whole two weeks over Christmas and the New Year at home with the family and not travelling!

The only interruption on the Scouting front was interest from the national media following the Daily Telegraph interview I had done before Christmas. 

It did mean, however, that returning to Scouting with a vengeance on Saturday 4 at the rather unearthly hour of 6am was a bit of a shock to the system and I am only just now catching up.

That ‘cotton wool society’

I had met with John Bingham, journalist with the Daily Telegraph, in early December to discuss, among other things, why Scouting is so popular and successful. The interview as published was wholly accurate, although reflecting a small proportion of what we had talked about and under the rather sensational headline of ‘cotton wool society’. 

It did mean that this attracted some wider attention and a number of radio and local television interviews ensued. It was great to have the opportunity to explain the wide variety of factors that we believe are contributing to our current success. More of this will be discussed over the coming weeks and months no doubt as we look to reviewing our census.

Busy busy

I have also been busy over the past two weeks interviewing for two key roles within my UKCC team: UK Commissioner for Programme (following Alex Minajew who is now UK Commissioner for Safety and Adventure) and International Commissioner to replace Nigel Hailey, who will complete his appointment in September 2014. I am delighted to say that both these searches have now been successful and I look forward to being able to announce the appointments in due course.

A busy few days last week also saw me catching up with a number of colleagues to discuss a variety of strategic topics as well as continuing to understand the real issues locally.

My team meeting last weekend focussed on the development of our strategic plan 2014–18 and the finalisation of the operational plans, which summarise the actions we will take nationally to support local Scouting.




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