Cub Scout successes
While Bear was inspiring Scouting in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Wayne was out and about in the Midlands, celebrating achievements and learning more about the Cub section and how we can support its development.
Leicester South West
I had a great evening with leaders and supporters of Leicester South West District at their Celebration of Achievement evening. After some great entertainment from the Thurmanston Scout and Guide Band it was a pleasure to recognise the amazing contribution of parents, local supporters and leaders through a variety of local and national awards. You can check out the story here.
Resurrected after an eight year hiatus, Shiree 2012 is a weekend for adults in Scouting, primarily for Cub Scout leaders in the East Midlands region to socialise, learn new skills and discuss a variety of interesting topics.
Nationally we are concerned about the relative drop-off in membership in the section, especially those around age 9. It was good to chat individually to nearly all of the 200 leaders attending the weekend and to listen to what is working and what is not.
West Mercia: Challenge 60 Camp
Having chatted to the adults, it was great to get across to the Beaudesert Park Campsite to join 600 Cubs who were under canvas for a fun County Cub Camp. The brainchild of Nick Chadd, ACC Cubs, and his team, Challenge 60 has been running since last October. Themed around the Jubilee, Cubs complete 60 challenges from a list of 120 throughout the year.
Leaders also got the chance to participate in a variety of drop-in sessions, and I took the opportunity to host a Q and A session with some of them (encouraged by the offer of a warm room, tea and cakes).
Cubs completing all 33 activity badges in West Mercia are invited to join Club 33, so it was a great pleasure to be able to present four Cubs with their unique neckerchief and membership to this special club. The West Mercia County team is doing a great job in ensuring that our growth in Cub Scout numbers leads the pack once more. I look forward to following their progress.