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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Community and opportunity

Wayne experienced even more life-changing opportunities during the past week…

Places to meet and go

The opening of 1st Johnson Scout and Community Centre in Pembrokeshire on Friday evening provided a crucial reminder of the importance of having a space for Scout Groups to meet and take part in activities. But the opening of the centre also showed why such a space is important for the whole community and not just for Scouting.

The Centre is dedicated to the late Harry Dixon, who was a Scout leader form 1985-2013, whose vision for a local facility was achieved largely by his wife Pat, other leaders and the Group committee. The leaders have also ensured that Scouting in the Group, which supports several local villages, has flourished too.

Glamorgan West and more

While in south Wales I took the opportunity to meet leaders from across Pembrokeshire for a Q and A session and I also visited 600 members in Glamorgan West Area who were enjoying an action-packed camp. I also caught up with Chief Commissioner, Gareth Watson, and joined 130 members of Cardiff East and South District who were celebrating their 10th anniversary with a black tie dinner.

Cardiff East and South celebrations

This District has seen a 33% growth over recent years with 18 Groups and four Explorer Units. It also has the largest Muslim Scout Group, which the GSL, Wala Ashi, who spoke on the evening, attributed in large part to feeling fully integrated into the local District.

Out and about across the UK

The May bank holiday provided an opportunity to get outdoors to many camps across the UK. I was delighted to join 6,500 young people and adults at West Yorkshire’s The Big Camp where they had the opportunity to take part in over 300 activities over the three days.

I particularly enjoyed a Q and A session that Hannah and I hosted with 30 Cubs and Scouts from across the county. The questions were a really great mixture of being insightful, fun and probing.

All in all, an inspiring weekend further reminding us what it really is all about: life-changing opportunities through fun and adventure.




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