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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Creating the right environment

Creating the right environment is critical to many things like a role review, planning a meeting, training and the success of Scouting itself; my weekend proved just that…

Growth isn’t just about new sections

Over 60 members representing all 14 Groups and an Explorer Unit in Tamworth District were up bright and early on Sunday morning for the latest workshop in their Grow Your Group initiative, which is run by the energetic Regional Development Service. There was a prevailing sense of fun throughout the event, helped by some good refreshments as we discussed topics of interest that included making the most of AGMs, executive support, programmes and recruitment opportunities.

Making youth shaped a reality

I spent some time in Lichfield where I joined their Youth Forum for an energetic and fun afternoon. I got involved in some of the activities and discussions and was especially struck by how informed and engaged the Scouts and Explorers were on the topics linked to A Million Hands in particular. It was great to see them working through the issues and finally voting for the District to take on mental wellbeing through our Mind partnership.

Making the most of Cubs100

Kent was my destination on Saturday morning when I kicked off their Cub Leader Conference, focusing on many practical ideas aimed at making the most of the Programme refresh and the opportunities presented by Cubs100 in 2016.

The day kicked off with a video of Cubs commenting on their experiences; I was lucky enough to bump into three of them beforehand: Olly, Dom and Franky (see photo above). The Cubs told me how they want a wide range of challenging activities at Scouts and that they want to spend nights away, go on adventures outdoors, earn badges, meet new people and make friends.

It was great to be able to discuss how we can achieve this in practice; the Cubs of Kent are in for a cracking year – I don’t think Dom, Olly and Franky will be disappointed!

An exciting buzz

Last week was even busier than usual with three days at the Conservative conference, a dinner with County President’s and Chairs in the North West Region, the A Million Hands launch, several one-to-one meetings and a full, fun-packed weekend.

All of these brilliant events had one thing in common: an exciting buzz and great appreciation for the many amazing things happening in Scouting right now.

Finally, I was very sorry to hear the news that former Chief Scout Michael Walsh had passed away on 13 October. It was during his time as Chief Scout that a number of the things underpinning our success today were first developed.




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