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Last week was a fairly normal one (whatever that means), if not more of a “Scouting business” oriented one – hence, nothing of much interest to share I’m afraid.

On Monday I spent the day at Gilwell catching up with administration (moaning about the amount to a colleague, they reminded me that I was responsible for much of it – ouch!) and meeting various people working on projects. In the evening we were at BPH for the 2nd of our briefing sessions for facilitators at this weekend’s national conference for lead volunteers across the UK  and youth reps at Daventry.

This is a key conference with over 200 of our senior volunteers and staff coming together to reflect on the wide consultation and to  decide what we want Scouting to look like in 2018 and how to respond to the challenges we face now, and in the future. No pressure then to ensure that we have all the jigsaw pieces in place to ensure a good weekend’s work!

A bit of a disappointment on Wednesday evening (although good news for them) since I’m due to be helping my local Scout troop (one of my occasional reality check) for the evening but the leaders have recruited two parents to help and so I’m not now needed when one of them isn’t available.

Thursday and its back to London for another of our “K3” meetings, our first substantive one since Alan’s appointment so we spend 4 hours going over our objectives and work in progress towards achieving them as well as discussing what lies ahead.

Saturday and it’s a day in the North East to join the Regional Commissioner and County Commissioners at one of their regular meetings and a chance to explain what Bear and I are up to and how our respective roles work in practice and what is being done nationally. More importantly, it’s a chance to answer their questions and suggestions and to learn what is happening in the real world.

Also a chance for some good debate about key challenges they are dealing with such as adult recruitment and retention and what more we could be doing to support line managers, particularly when dealing with disputes and complaints. Thankfully relatively small in number, they are nonetheless very time consuming and painful when they arise. Clearly lots more work to be done.

Three hours to kill at Manchester airport on Sunday resulted in several emails pinged off to colleagues with questions. observations and requests (they’ll know I had a few hours to kill) and a chance to write the speech for Monday’s Speakers reception at Westminster – oh, and looking forward to a Sunday at home for the first time since the end of August!

Would welcome any ideas and suggestions you have for how we could assist line managers

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