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Celebrating World Thinking Day and exceptional service to the Movement

Back to Guernsey on Tuesday after the volunteering event and a few days in the office, which is just as well as it was my turn to run Scouts on Wednesday evening and help out with Cubs (I get to help when one of the leaders of my former group are away, and I’m not often around to do it!). Grateful for Programmes on Line and the Winter Olympics themed evening, we had a great evening; I think the Scouts enjoyed it too! Also a chance to speak at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday morning making the business case for corporate social responsibility, one of my wider interests.

We were lucky enough to join members of GGUK at Westminster Abbey on Saturday for their World Thinking Day and Founders Day service. An annual event organised by the Guides and held at the very impressive Abbey for the past 40 years; particularly special this year as Guiding celebrates its centenary. We are also grateful that they allow us around a quarter of the available places, which is great as they are always in high demand, even with “touts” looking for tickets outside! Nice to see so many Scouts in the congregation and making the most of a weekend in London.

We also use the opportunity to thank recipients of the Silver Wolf, our highest recognition of adults who have given service of an exceptional nature and who we invite to the service and a special lunch afterwards. In case you don’t know (and to show that I did my home work!) BP chose the Silver Wolf as an award because he considered the wolf to be the cleverest of wild animals and the ‘Silver Wolf’ is one of honour and esteem in Native American culture. Initially given to Scouts, the first was awarded in 1909 at the Crystal Palace Rally. BP decided that the Silver Wolf would be available only to adults from 1920 and in 1942 the Committee of the Council decided that is should be used to recognise service of the most exceptional nature.

It was great chatting with recipients and their family and friends over lunch; it’s easy to see why our Movement is presently in such great shape.



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