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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Reflect and reset

This week, Wayne talks about taking the time to reflect on the excellent progress the Movement has been making, as well as looking to things to come.

Reflect and reset

Not a reference to the fact that Compass has returned for adult member data this week, but a key theme of several discussions at the Operations Committee meeting last weekend.  In addition, many side meetings held around the occasions we meet, allow also for the review of a number of key initiatives, taking stock of what we have learnt to date and, where appropriate, resetting our actions based on what we have learnt and the feedback we have received.

International events

Consideration of the final report of the UK Contingent to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree is an example of studying the experiences learnt by our contingent, looking at the feedback and determining any changes that we may make to the next Jamboree.  A timely point as we have just signalled the start of planning for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America!  The committee provided some challenge to the contingent, requiring additional work following which the report will be published ad previously committed.

Good progress

We are making significant progress in two of our key initiatives, notably Youth Shaped and Community Impact although in the latter we considered steps that we could and should be taking to convert the large number of initial registrations we have seen on the website to report back on local activity and initiatives undertaken.  A number of actions were approved, which will see more direct support for section and Unit leaders though District teams and others, for example.

 The way we work...

I have talked recently about how we work and lessons learnt from initiatives over the past two or three years and we will explore this further in the next addition of Scouting magazine and online.  Other actions taken included a review of the Section Ratio Rules following extensive consultation and the introduction of proposed rules for axe throwing, again following extensive consultation.

…and communicate

Our day included an initial presentation from the Director of Communications, David Hamilton, on our next Communications Strategy along with a review of the current local media work.


I could not close on the topic of reflect and learn without noting the return this week of Compass.  Much has been spoken and written about the challenges to date, hopefully in the reintroduction you have already noticed improvements to the Movement support provided by an expanded and extended Information Centre amongst other elements.  Of course, we appreciate this is only a little of the promised product and in particular support for youth data etc.  The lessons learnt in this process are fully taken on board and will be shared further as we move on to phase two of the restoration initiative.



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