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BLOG 06.06.16

In an action packed week - even by Wayne’s standards! - he combined a mixture of  commemorating past conflicts, celebrating Cubs 100 and focussing on successes.

Jack Cornwell and the Battle of Jutland

On Tuesday, along with Amy Keogh and Noah Duncan, I was fortunate enough to represent the Association at the National Commemoration of The Battle of Jutland at Hoy Naval Cemetery, Orkney Islands overlooking Scapa Flow.  You can read Amy and Noah’s report here.

In addition, travelling on a charter flight from Southend with other participants for the day was a good opportunity for interesting discussions with a wide variety of people.  Clearly making good use of our time!

All the fun of Cubjam 2016

Thursday was a chance to join 1200 Cubs from around the UK camping at Gilwell Park taking part in CubJam 2016 and having an amazing wild west themed week despite the unseasonal weather thrown at them!  In addition, we were joined in the afternoon by Steve Backshall, Cubs100 Ambassador.

As part of the thanks event, we were also joined by descendants of Vera Barclay, who founded Cub Scouts in 1916.  I’ll write more about this shortly.

'Mighty mighty Hampshire'

Winchester Cathedral was the inspiring venue Friday evening for Cubs from across Hampshire who gathered to celebrate the centenary of Cub Scouting. As always, the best bit for me was the chance to meet and chat to so many Cubs, leaders and parents.

I was helped in renewing the Cub Promise by a team of six, including Charlotte who summed it up when she wrote to me afterwards: 'after a while I decided that it was time to get more out of my life and have more adventures and became a Cub only a year ago. I was a bit nervous at the start because only one of my school friends went there. I then became a Sixer and I found more confidence in myself and have loved every bit of Cubs. I recently won Cub of The Year too!'

Making time to catch up

After a day of various meetings and conference calls on Friday, and a chance to catch up with leaders of the Muslim Scout Fellowship in Birmingham on Saturday evening, we gathered at the National Arboretum on Sunday for the unveiling of the Scouting Memorial.

The power of young people in action

The fantastic success of the appeal and project was underscored by the large number of people who supported it and who travelled to Staffordshire for the day.

Its success was also due to the tenacity and persuasion of a group off young people and their leader, Paul Little.

Five Explorers and Paul visited the Arboretum in 2009 and were concerned that there wasn’t one for Scouts. This was the start of an amazing journey in which they overcame reservations from many - including those of us at HQ! - culminating in the unveiling on Sunday in a very moving and inspiring day.  You can see a full report here

Summing up a moving week

All in all, a moving week in which I often reflected on the sacrifices made by others a century ago and more recently, and the overcoming of adversity by amazing individuals underpinned by a true belief that the values present in Scouting then still stand us in good stead to get stronger as a result and make the world a better place, evidenced by the everyday adventure we offer.



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