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Which is just as well with my travelling experience this weekend; delayed landing at Gatwick due to a fox on the runway (honest, and a first for me) and 3 ½ hours late getting back into Guernsey on Sunday due to ice on the runway.  Something almost as rare as the fox at Gatwick!  It hasn’t stopped a busy weekend of meetings however.

First up on Friday morning was K3, a regular meeting with Alan and Derek where we co-ordinate our respective work streams and, as importantly, support each other as may be necessary.

Topics on Friday included forthcoming events such as Founders Day and Windsor (some exciting news on our principal guest but I will save that for another day) and the less pleasant task of reviewing a recent investigation into a safeguarding incident.  Something we do not have to do very often, however when they do occur, it is important that we ensure that lessons are learnt and appropriate actions taken. 

Off to BP House following our meeting to catch up with some colleagues who are beginning to arrive for the weekends meetings.  A chance to have afternoon tea with Jill and Eleanor (Chief Commissioners of Wales and Scotland) before dinner in the evening with Mark who is presently Acting Chief Commissioner of England.

In all cases it is a mixture of discussing particular issues and seeking solutions as well as learning what is happening in their respective areas.  I like to think that we also manage to have a little bit of fun along the way.

The main business of the weekend has been a meeting on Saturday morning of the Operations sub-committee followed in the afternoon and evening by a meeting of my team.  The way this works in practice is the sub-committee considers matters of strategy and policy on behalf of the Board of Trustees within its areas of responsibility. 

Our team meetings then consider the implementation of these as well as receiving feedback from regions, counties and areas into what future actions could be. It s a relatively new system following the changes and one that we are still getting used to!

Saturday was interesting for me as we were making significant progress on 2 areas of work which I consider very important, notably how we support and develop management and leadership within Scouting and how we ensure we are more inclusive, that is to say, open to everybody that wishes to and is able to join us.  The sub-committee also received progress reports on youth involvement, another major priority for us, as well as a briefing update on the recruitment and retention strategy, which we hope to finalise in the next 2 months.

The papers themselves largely focus on policy and strategy and so it is through our team meeting in the afternoon that we look at the practical application of these and translation into some specific activities and actions that will ensure we make a real difference at local level which is the main objective.

Within our team meeting a couple of particular  discussions and brainstorming sessions were around the role of the Group Scout Leader and how we can improve the current number of Groups with a GSL and adult training within the Association and ways in which this may be further developed.

Finally for now, look out for your Scouting Magazine and a fantastic opportunity for 8 Scouts to join Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, for a 24 hour survival camp at the end of July.

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