Another rock n roll reunion
On Saturday afternoon we were joined by our inspirational Scouting Ambassador, Julia Bradbury, who took part in a Q&A with volunteers alongside UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt.
During the session, Julia was asked if the next Chief Scout should be female, to which she jokingly replied, ‘I think the next Chief Scout should be female and should also have the initials J and B.’ To listen to the full Q&A, visit our Facebook page.
Entertainment highlights included the King and Queen night at The Lid on Saturday, which featured brilliant tributes to the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, and Queen's Freddie Mercury. A quiz, live band and an unexpected campfire wedding proposal provided more Saturday night highlights.
Inspiring new ideas
As well as providing entertainment, Reunion also offers new ideas for local Scouting. Our partners were on hand to give advice at the Scout Information Centre throughout the weekend. Reunion exhibitors like ShelterBox, WaterAid and B&Q (which sponsors the Cub and Scout DIY badges) chatted about all things Scout-related, and there were a number of workshops where Reunion visitors could try their hand at bushcraft skills or even attempt a bit of 'parkour' (free-running).
The weekend ended with the annual meeting of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group, consisting of every worldwide adult member who completes their Wood Badge training. Wayne Bulpitt, gave a round-up of the many positive outcomes of the last 12 months in Scouting.
As well as our Ambassador attending the weekend festivities, Scouts from all over the world visited Reunion, travelling from Sweden, Nigeria, USA and Germany. A group of Omani Rover Scouts attended a special ceremony on the Buffalo Lawn with UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt and International Commissioner, Nigel Hailey.
The Rover Scouts received gifts from the UK team to celebrate the unity between the UK and Scouts overseas. Nigel Hailey said, 'Though we are from different parts of the world, we're all part of the same Scout Movement.'
The Rover Scouts returned the favour and presented members of the UK team with special neckers.
Another very special guest at Reunion was Baden-Powell’s granddaughter, Gillian Clay, who met with Reunion visitors throughout the weekend.
Highlight of the year
Reunion is always one of the most hotly anticipated Scouting events of the year. Chris from Solihull commented on the weekend: 'Reunion is the chance for me to catch up with old friends, find out new ideas and share Scouting stories, while having a fun, relaxing weekend.' Debbie from Horley said, 'It's so nice to see so many volunteers having a fun weekend and enjoying themselves and getting re-inspired. It's a highlight on my Scouting calendar.'
For a picture gallery of Reunion 2012, plus workshop audios and videos, check out our Facebook page
Find out what Reunion attendees had to say about the event on Twitter (#GilwellReunion).
To find out what was going on over the weekend, check out the digital issues of Reunion Express, the event's daily news sheet:
- Reunion Express, Friday late edition, 7 September (PDF)
- Reunion Express, Saturday AM edition, 8 September (PDF)
- Reunion Express, Saturday PM edition, 8 September (PDF)
- Reunion Express, Sunday noon edition, 9 September (PDF)
Reunion is held every year on the first weekend in September. See you all at Reunion 2013.