That's the way to do it

I am confident that we are building a sound platform to develop these opportunities from and, being an impatient individual, just want the end result tomorrow, and not in a few years time!

First up last week was another of our regular "K3" meetings with Alan and Derek to review a variety of things, including the latest census numbers, forthcoming diary commitments and our ongoing engagement with members etc.

Another day in the office at Gilwell was a chance to catch up with a variety of colleagues (and to admire the new, somewhat more modern images in my office there). Derek and I also joined members of the MarComms Team to meet with a firm of consultants who have been reviewing our online presence (our digital strategy) and were presenting their findings along with some thoughts on how we could take it forward. I certainly left very excited by the prospects of what we could be offering.

As I have said before, whilst we can be proud of what we have achieved in many respects, we know that we can do a lot better. I am confident that we are building a sound platform to develop these opportunities from and, being an impatient individual, just want the end result tomorrow, and not in a few years time! We are at least someway on the journey.

Being prepared

It has also been a time to catch up with reviewing what felt like a mountain of papers for next weekends Operations Sub-committee meeting where we will be considering topics as diverse as hill walking, high ropes courses, practical skills training for leaders and the Association’s educational objectives.

I always try to read these a couple of times in advance so as to ask questions if necessary before the meeting – a much better way to get the outcome you desire in my experience!

The Royal Wedding

Those of you who will be watching television on Friday for the forthcoming Royal Wedding, will be able to look out for a large number of our members who have been invited to participate in the festivities, notably over 250 members who responded to the open call through the website for tickets in the Mall and the 60 Explorer Scouts from the Greater London region who have been invited to assist in the distribution of programmes on the day. You can even spot members of Greater London Middlesex West in the BBC’s promotional video for the day (below). Look out for one or two others on the day.

Showing how its done

And finally, I came across an article in the Scotsman newspaper about the opening of a Beaver Colony in one of Scotland’s most deprived housing schemes in Stirling.

I called the leader, Mark Wright, to congratulate him and his colleagues and to find out how they have done it. It also turns out to be a great insight into how successfully we might be able to work with members going away to university – something we have discussed in various forums recently. Mark is studying at Stirling University and contacted the District on moving to the City. They introduced him to a local Group where he started helping, and he soon learnt about the desires to open a Group in another part of the City. He persuaded a couple of other students to join him and, with a little help with funding from SHQ and other local support, they’ve opened a Colony and are working on a Cub pack with encouraging support from the parents. Well done Mark and team.

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