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Off to Birmingham on Monday for their AGM and handover of County Commissioner. But before that, an opportunity to catch up with Nigel, International Commissioner to find out what he has been up to, discuss our preparation for a forthcoming European Scout Conference in July, preparations for the Moot and World Scout Jamboree and general international matters that he is responsible for.

County AGMs can be a wonderful opportunity to meet a variety of local volunteers and members of the community and Birmingham was no exception. I took the opportunity of meeting earlier in the evening with the outgoing County Commissioner, Pete, and his successor, Rick together with a small number of the County team – always good to get a feel for the County (and to remind myself where I am!) before standing on the platform to speak.

I also took the opportunity to chat with Paul, a leader with one of the groups involved in the building initiative who had also been at the conference on Saturday and heard me challenge them on social inclusion.

Paul had a number of ideas around the benefits Scouting can bring to young people in care and on the edges of the criminal justice system which were particularly interesting and which we will be following up. Any more ideas on how we can help those young people most in need?

Early morning train down to London to catch up with the day job before heading out to Gilwell for further meetings. One of these is to review progress on the Impact Study that we are commissioning and an evening meeting with those involved in our international engagements to discuss developments in World and European Scouting as well as our own solidarity projects and the upcoming European conference.

The Executive Committee met on Wednesday for its quarterly meeting to co-ordinate various work streams and to discuss the agenda for the June Board of Trustees meeting. A particular paper of interest was the draft output from the working group looking at who pays the national membership fees and scoping out some work for further consultation in this area. In the evening we had our latest K3 meeting.

I have also spent a fair amount of time this week working on a number of different initiatives such as the role of the UK Commissioner for Adult Support, youth involvement, our diversity strategy and Bear's upcoming visit to the North East of England at the end of this month and his very exciting 24-hour survival weekend for eight lucky holders of the Chief Scout Gold Award – all of which I will try to find some time to update you on over the next week or two.

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