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BLOG 25.05.16

Another busy week saw Wayne travelling from Windsor to Scotland, celebrating DofE achievements, camps and an amazing WOSM achievement.

Working with others

As the largest operator of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, it wasn’t a surprise that Scouting had a very strong presence at the Diamond Anniversary Gold Award presentations in the garden of Buckingham Palace on Monday afternoon.

In addition to our various Operator licences (for TSA and the nations) receiving their plaques, 40 Scout members were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Standard by HRH Earl of Wessex and our own Cubs Ambassador, Steve Backshall which was an added bonus.

It was also especially interesting to have an opportunity to talk with the Earl and the Duke of Edinburgh about the scheme and its links with Scouting.

Helping others

My week also included my first meeting of the Dementia Friendly Youth Strategy group and a conference of staff and professionals involved in anti-bullying which was focussed on inclusion for all with the Diana Award.

The Western Isles

My weekend then took me to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides where I was delighted to join Scouts of the Western Isles District for their camp and activity day celebrating the Cubs and Beaver anniversaries.

The Western Isle Guides joined the Scouts for their annual WIGASOC Challenge – including eight teams undertaking a wide variety of activities testing their various practical, teamwork and leadership skills.

I did enquire whether preparing their lunch in the particularly heavy rain was the hardest part only to be told by a Scout that it was normal! As usual, a meeting in the local Scout & Guide Centre with leaders on Sunday, was held whilst there was glorious sunshine outside!

As ever, it was great to meet young people and leaders and see how they adapt Scouting to their particular circumstances and environment.

John May, Bronze Wolf

In a week in which we celebrated with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, I am especially delighted by the exciting news this week from WOSM, that John May has been awarded the Bronze Wolf for his 'outstanding service of the most exceptional character to the World Organisation of Scout Movements'.  Well done and very many thanks John.    



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