Brazil - Day 3: What does the International Commissioner get up to?

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The blog today has been wrestled from the youth delegates and handed to Nigel Hailey, International Commisssioner. For him the Conference is more than the formal plenary sessions and provides plenty of opportunities for meetings with friends old and new.

Scouting in the Commonwealth

As is traditional, a meeting of the Commonwealth National Scout Organisations (NSOs) was held. 15 countries were present showing the diversity of this grouping, with representatives from places such as Fiji, Pakistan, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

We had an interesting discussion on the relevance of the grouping in the 21st Century. We agreed that it provides a good network, that we should encourage more exchanges, and that we should hold similar meetings at other world events for youth members and leaders, but that the practicality of trying to arrange large face-to-face gatherings makes that difficult.

What do you think? Should we be doing more or less?

Exploring partnerships

I have met with our partners from Armenia and Malawi to review the projects that we are working on and how we can improve them further. It is interesting to hear that Scouting is growing in these countries and that many of the issues that they have are similar to ours.

Of course funding is always an issue, but more than that they appreciate the sharing of experiences and friendship that we bring them.

Finding out how plans for the Jamboree are progressing

We are all looking forward to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden.The report on their planning was impressive, and it will be a great event. We will no longer be the largest Contingent... I’ll let you guess which Contingent will be.

After the Jamboree, our Units are receiving Home Hospitality around Europe. We have been speaking to our hosts and again plans are progressing well.

A festival of cultures

The day finished with the International Fair. Countries shared national food and drink, there was a fashion parade and David represented us in his kilt.

There was entertainment from Japanese drummers, Arabian dancers and of course Brazilian samba. A great way to unwind and sample the hospitality and diversity of world culture.

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