Wayne shares his latest experiences, which neatly sum up why Scouting is so special.
It seems like Saturday afternoons are a great time to remind myself why Scouting is so special.
At the weekend, while travelling between Gilwell and Gatwick, I caught up with 30 Cubs and their leaders from Blackpool before they boarded the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, as part of their weekend in the capital.
Just an hour later at Gatwick Airport, I bumped into a large number of Beavers from Jersey who were very enthusiastic about their day at Legoland in Windsor and were excitedly heading home (as I was late for my plane to the Isle of Man, I was grateful to be ahead of them at security!).
The previous week, Cubs and Scouts from 203rd Glasgow were having a great weekend in London and stopped off at B-P House for lunch, not knowing we were having the AGM there. HRH The Duke of Kent, our guest for the afternoon, needed persuading that we hadn’t brought them down especially for the event, as they were such great ambassadors for Scouting.
Talking to young people and sharing their experiences highlights the importance of what we offer week in and week out: little everyday adventures that change lives. It's certainly what drives me to do all we can to support and grow Scouting.
Lowestoft on the east coast was my venue on Thursday evening when I joined Suffolk County for their AGM. The AGM took the form of a Q&A where I did my best to answer their questions. I can assure you that they are far from sleepy in Suffolk.
Meetings and more meetings
From catching up with colleagues, checking progress with our Jamboree contingent, individual supporters and various projects (including our interesting inner-city pilots), it's been a busy week.
At the weekend, we also had the annual gathering of my team, trustees and senior staff, where we debated progress on our youth involvement and strategies for being inclusive.
Saturday's meeting included a progress report on the development of the membership system (on budget and on time), risk management and various operational matters.
Exploring the Isle of Man
Continuing my enjoyment of local Scouting, I spent Sunday on the Isle of Man, joining some Explorer Scouts on their fantastic activities as an observer. I then enjoyed an 'open house' with leaders from across the island, outlining our vision and answering questions during the afternoon.