It's not all about Scouting (well, not quite!)
A busy and largely non-Scouting week as Wayne focused on a couple of his local projects, though these still had a large Scouting component. He also managed to get to Essex and Blair Atholl, Scotland.
Getting the best for young people
As well as my national Scouting, I also do my bit in my local community like many others. I do this in a number of ways, including a Chairmanship of the Youth Partnership for Guernsey and Alderney (YPGA). The YPGA recently organised a youth showcase to celebrate a visit from HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Guernsey.
Guernsey Scouts played a large part in the youth showcase with a double zip wire (they even got me to test it as you can see from the picture. When will I learn to leave these activities to Bear!), and many other activities.
I also chair a review of a group looking to improve employment opportunities of primarily disabled young people. I am having a number of discussions and helping with the report.
Making the most of technology
On Monday evening I hosted my first webinar meeting with District Commissioners from across the country. The feedback has been very encouraging, so this is a medium of communication that we will look to extend shortly. Tim Kidd, Chief Commissioner of England, already uses it successfully for management training and other projects.
On Tuesday evening I visited Essex for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which offered the opportunity to meet with many members of the County and District teams. The teams also enjoyed great support from members of the local councils and other key influencers, which was great to see, and made for several interesting discussions on how best to support young people.
International Scouting at its best in Scotland
Sadly, in a week when the non-inclusive policies of another Scout organisation (this time the Boy Scouts of America) were reported in our own press, not all the reports made the distinction between BSA and The Scout Association. Despite this, it was great to finish my Scouting week with a visit to Blair Atholl in Scotland for their bi-annual jamborette.
More than a thousand Scouts from across the world came together in joint patrols with Scottish Scouts and Explorers throughout the two weeks. World politics has no place when it comes to young people freely joining together to explore other cultures, enjoy fun and adventurous activities and learn new skills.
Not even a deluge of several months’ rainfall in one go on Wednesday could dampen their spirits.