A weekend of great teamwork
Opening a high ropes course in Guernsey and joining 'Team England' for one of their regular meetings in Leicester illustrated why teamwork is important at all levels.
Venting those occasional frustrations
We all have them occasionally don't we? My week has been fraught with travel problems: firstly not getting back to Guernsey from the weekend&'s Scouting until Wednesday (rather then Monday) due to fog. Then I missed a flight home on Thursday evening due to a serious accident that closed the railway station at Gatwick airport. Like all good Scouts though, I made good use of my time.
This week, I managed to catch up with Alan and Derek for a Key 3 meeting and had lunch with Gary Davis, former Finance Director.
On Saturday I was lucky enough to officially open a new high ropes course , which has been kindly donated by Bill Hall and the Robert Hall Foundation. I joined three others to do the all aboard platform; putting our faith in each other (see the picture) was a great way to illustrate why facilities such as these are such a great shop window for Scouting (and fun for participants too).
I managed to get to Hinckley in time for a meeting to discuss our exciting Manchester development project , which I'm pleased to say has now received £400K of funding from Youth United and the Development Grants Board.
I attended a meeting with 'Team England' (Chief, Regional Commissioners and Regional Development Managers from England) where discussion topics included Youth Involvement, flexible volunteering and feedback from local meetings.
We also considered supporting the local roll-out of many key support initiatives over the next couple of years, including the website and membership system, programme review update, changes to membership fee collection and much more.