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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Getting the balance right

Scouting is succeeding because we continually move with the times, while remaining true to some of our core values and principles that underpin what we’re all about. We often do by striking a fine balance between change and tradition; my past week demonstrates three such examples of how we are achieving this….

Scouting and schools

I’ve written before on the importance of non-formal learning and so I have been delighted to support some work we are undertaking with Demos, a cross-party think tank. This work has been an attempt to better understand the challenges and opportunities there are for Scouting as schools look to widen what they offer to young people, which might include character education or youth social action.

I was pleased therefore to drop in on a workshop of 20 volunteers from across the UK with experience in and a passion for this area – we hope to publish the findings of this research in July.

Back to business

I escaped across the road from the Operations Committee meeting at B-P House where the busy agenda covered updates on our operational plans, including keeping tabs on all the projects, reviewing exciting plans for Cubs100 and the Centenary of Gilwell Park in 2019 and progress work on the A Million Hands initiative.

National celebrations for St George’s day

The media team were busy during the week securing national and local media coverage surrounding Queen’s Scouts attending Windsor and our Programme refresh, including a live Sky News broadcast from Windsor on Sunday morning.

Having celebrated St George’s Day on the beach last weekend in the Isle of Man, this Sunday was spent in the grandeur of Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel, where we celebrated the amazing achievements of the St George’s Day award recipients for adult good service and those of our Queen’s Scouts in achieving Scouting’s highest award.

Even within these traditional surroundings we have been able to introduce a more relaxed environment – no pretence at being able to march – and with plenty of opportunities for interaction and chat while remaining respectful to this great venue that we are so privileged to enjoy.

The importance of getting the balance right

In all of these moments and so many more, we have been able to benefit from the continual improvement in what we do and how we present it. This is why, despite all of the challenges in collating data this year, we have been able to increase our youth members for the tenth consecutive year and the external recognition of our success continues to grow too.




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