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Oh what a week, the challenge of volunteering

Sorry it’s taken a bit longer to share with you the experiences of last week.This one has been one of those weeks juggling work and Scouting, both a little busier than usual! Oh the challenge of volunteering!

On Thursday last, we met with Peter Cruddas to discuss project YOU (Youth Organisations Uniform), a project founded by the Met Police and now championed by HRH Prince of Wales. Peter founded CMC Markets Plc and describes himself as one of the wealthiest men in the City. More importantly he is on public record as saying that he could not have achieved this if it were not for what he learnt as a Scout, “Much more valuable to me than University” were his words.We had a great time sharing Scouting experiences and discussing ways we could work together to extend Scouting to more young people. Watch this space.

On Friday; Bear, Derek and I met our President, HRH Duke of Kent to brief him on our activities and strategy.It was great to hear again Bear’s infectious enthusiasm and energy for Scouting and he showed that he has quickly grasped our challenges. Equally, HRH showed that he very much takes on board conversations with Scouts during his many engagements and showed a keen awareness and interest in what we are up to.

Friday saw the start of the Gilwell Reunion; a fantastic experience with over 2,200 adult volunteers gathering for the weekend.Whether you were looking for new friends, reuniting with old friends, wanting a party, learn a new skill or see a trade stall, there was something for you.

It was great to have an opportunity to meet so many of you over the weekend – come Monday I was exhausted, it felt as if I had spoken endlessly to all 2,200 you! Julie asked what was new!

A large and growing number of Network members attending ensured a party for those who wanted it, and the Davyhulme Scout Orchestra ensured that those wanting a little quieter time had fun also – we enjoyed both. There was much more entertainment for all tastes besides and it was great to see the newly redeveloped Lid evolve from an exhibition hall to a Hollywood themed party and a fully equipped activity centre; all in 24 hours thanks to the staff and service crew.

An awesome experience, reaffirming for me what great volunteers we have and how we can strike the balance of learning something new whilst fun ourselves.

Come along next year, 3-5 September 2010, or why not encourage your Country/Region/County to organise something similar a little nearer home?




By Roger Woods
on 13/09/2009 23:18

I would love to hav eattended but found it too expensive are we pricing ourselves out of the "basic" scout market. Again finding pack holidays suitable for a small pack are becoming more an dmore difficult.

By Wayne Bulpitt
on 18/09/2009 18:03

Hi Roger,
At £29 (£24 for Network) for two nights camping and a full programme of entertainment, activities and workshops, I think the weekend was good value.

What do you think would have been a more reasonable fee?


By Helen
on 18/09/2009 19:46

I’ve been several times and always found it to be very good value for money, I think the price reflects what is on offer at the event and the quality of the site facilities.

By Ashley Hyde
on 19/09/2009 08:42

I think the Reunion is still very good value for money and this year was my 8th year!

I hope everybody who went along enjoyed the campfire, as it was a great honour for our campsite Service Crew to be asked. It was definately very scary, but such good fun. Please let us know what you thought of the campfire, and if you ever come camping to Rough Close in Coventry, we can make sure we are about to run a campfire for your group, all you have to do is mention it when you book!

By Ashley Hyde
on 22/09/2009 22:53

sorry for the shameless plug there!

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