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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Meeting amazing ambassadors

This has been another busy week for Wayne, spending time with members of 2016's Roverway Contingent and interviewing for a new International Commissioner.

An amazing opportunity

The past week has seen me joining the Diana Award to celebrate their 16th birthday, and representing the Association at the private funeral service for our former Chief Scout, Major General Michael Walsh who has sadly ‘gone home’, in his local parish in Wiltshire. A memorial service is to be held at Sandhurst on 4th February 2016.

Making good use of time

On Saturday we were interviewing for the International Commissioner at Baden-Powell House, where we continued to make great use of technology. We took the opportunity to interview one candidate whilst the individual was in a car on a beach at the bottom of a cliff, with the panel based at BP House!  This not only made great use of our time and resources but also ensured that nobody was disadvantaged through the process.

Such use of technology has to be a critical way in which we can improve the support and engagement across the Movement most effectively.

Roverway 2016

Such technology however would not have facilitated the excitement I was lucky enough to experience when I joined the first contingent gathering for Roverway 2016.  After taking advantage on Saturday evening of the opportunity to catch up with the Contingent Management Team Leader and Deputy, I joined the participants on Sunday morning. 

I am really excited by the opportunities that international adventure, especially of the nature that Roverway offers, provides to help the retention of older Explorer Scouts into Scout Network.  Roverway is an international event like no other, hosted by the Federation of Scouts and Guides of France, in 2016.  As part of a patrol of 6-8 Scouts and Guides, I was particularly impressed how groups of individuals have got together to particularly welcome other individuals who have registered into their groups of established friends as well as mixing up.  They then form a ‘tribe’ of 40 participants from across Europe, each starting their journey by exploring France for 6 days on one of over 100 ‘paths’. They can then choose one of four paths based on themes: solidarity, culture, environment or peace.

As with other world events, there is an opportunity for those aged over 22 to join as members of the International Service Team and a number of those were also at the weekend.

The closing date has been extended by the organisers so if you are aged 16-22 and wish to participate in Roverway please register quickly.

At the forefront of Youth Shaped

Derbyshire County have for some time now been at the forefront of ensuring that young people in the county have an opportunity to shape their own Scouting experience, being amongst the first to develop youth forums and already appointing District as well as County youth commissioners.  I was therefore delighted to be able to pop in for the closing of their Youth Shaped Day at Trent College, Derbyshire where members from all sections, Beavers through to Scout Network and young adult leaders had gathered for a mixture of fun based activities, as well as helping to shape their own Scouting experience at all levels. 

Such amazing ambassadors for Youth Shaped Scouting.







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