Catching up and an update on swimming rule review

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I've taken advantage of a couple of spare hours whilst Julie is out Scouting to review your comments on previous posts and adding a reply where I can, or haven't already. In addition, there are a couple of other bits of general info:

Swimming Rule Review update

As promised, the activities team are undertaking a review of the swimming rules, the first step of which has been to review and validate previous findings and contact relevant organisations for the latest guidance.

Once the background work has been completed the team will be contacting a number of volunteers who have contacted us and offered assistance, to invite them to input to the process, this will be communicated directly and via Scouting Plus as soon as possible. The review is expected to be completed by 30 September 2010, in the meantime, as previously advised, the revised rules must be followed.

For specific queries or clarifications in respect of regular or planned summer activities, please contact the Information Centre.

Being Contacted by the Press

Over on Escouts, I’ve been following a couple of threads about local press and who should speak with them etc. so I thought it might be helpful to expand on the role of the Media Development Manager (MDM) whose role that is.

The media team at Gilwell has been structured to get what we do around the UK noticed in print, broadcast and online media. They achieve this by being proactive, positive, seeking out opportunities and catching waves as we saw last week.

They also train and provide 24/7 support to County MDMs who are appointed to seek out and identify local good news stories happening in Scouting and to promote these to local and regional media outlets.

In simple terms the MDM looks at what is going on in Scouting and decides where to shine the media spotlight so that Scouting is seen in the best light. The unique identifier that Scouting has over most other voluntary organisations is our motivation to work with young people.

Young people are at the heart of what we do as a Movement. We can use young people to get our messages across to various media outlets. Using young people as spokespeople can and will get us noticed over and above other voluntary organisations as they simply don’t use young people to speak to the media.

The media team can also assist in dealing with potentially negative issues that may arise and I would always encourage early contact with your MDM or the media team directly if appropriate.

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