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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Character and resilience

Wayne is reminded of the power of non-forming learning during another busy week…

Experiences that matter

On Monday, I was fortunate to be a guest at the Department for Education’s Character Award ceremony in the impressive Lancaster House, Pall Mall. Speeches by Paralympic gold medallist, Lord Chris Holmes, MBE and women’s Rugby World Cup winner, Maggie Alphonsi, MBE, both highlighted in different ways how character and their own non-formal learning experiences had played a key role in their personal development. 

The real stars of the day though were the pupils of schools around England whose achievements were being recognised. We have talked quite a bit recently about Scouting’s role in character education and we will continue to promote this in partnership with a growing number of schools across the UK; we’re particularly keen on further promoting the work of Scouts Scotland and the Curriculum for Excellence.

Embedding character and moving forward

Friday at Gilwell Park brought its usual mixture of meetings to discuss Compass and the priorities for the coming year. It also included a celebration for the St George’s Day Awards presented to volunteers and staff at Headquarters. The Trustee Board meeting also kicked off on Friday with a discussion around the role of UK Chief Commissioner and what the Movement may be looking for in my successor (a strange experience!).

A packed agenda on Saturday for the Trustee Board included Compass, Trustee appointments and the annual budget and operational plan approvals.

Character building in practice

I had a fun and varied day at B-P House on Sunday where we had gathered to interview candidates for the Chief Commissioner of England role created following Tim’s appointment as Deputy UK Chief Commissioner. More on this another day…

While at B-P House it was great to join the Cubs and their leaders from West London District who were there for a craft day; I also bumped into Cubs from 1st Finedon who were in London for an activities weekend and were keen to take a photograph of Baden-Powell’s statue outside of the centre!




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