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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Making the most of opportunities

Making the most of Trustees’ Week, embarking on a little myth busting and Youth Approved, Scouts Scotland style feature in Wayne’s week.

Making the most of being a Trustee

The NCVO Trustee conference on Monday was a good opportunity to recognise the importance of Trustees, as well as to keep abreast of current trends, no matter how long we’ve been a Trustee!   In our case, we are making changes on 1 January 2016 so that we will know who all local Trustee Members are and be better able to support them. To find out more about being a Trustee in Scouting, take a look here.

Myth busting

Before heading to Stirling, Scotland, on Friday I joined a meeting of the ‘Key 4’ (UKCC, UKYC, Chair and CEO) and the Chairman’s Co-ordinating Group (K4, Trustee Board Committee Chairs and Senior Leadership Team).  Our Movement, like most others, always assume that big decisions are made in such ‘clandestine’ groups if they are not part of them.  Sadly, the truth, as it is so often, is much less exciting! They are however great opportunities for peer support and co-coordinating business and activities across our many varied teams so we made the most of these opportunities on Friday.

Youth Approved

Young people had taken over the Review and AGM of Scouts Scotland in Stirling on Saturday with the Youth Involvement Team organising the day.  The annual review was themed on the ‘Deal or No Deal’ game and provided an excellent interactive and engaging review of another great year for Scouting in Scotland and young people in particular.  A fantastic example of why we must put more faith in the abilities of young people.

What the parents say

I mentioned my visit last week to Derbyshire Youth Forum and had tweeted a picture of the ‘parents’ board’ that parents had been asked to leave their comment on.   They were asked the question ‘what does their child gain out of Scouting’.  The main responses were:

1.              Social skills e.g. independence, teamwork, responsibility and confidence.

2.              Fun and Friendship

3.              Activities and skills including adventure and outdoors.

4.              Life skills – values, citizenship, opportunities.

I was struck by how insightful these are; it’s clear that parents value the benefits of Scouting and it is obvious that many groups are delivering a quality programme especially with outdoor activities.



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