A spring in our step

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Scouting has much to celebrate at the moment and Wayne looks back over several days of celebrations, peppered with meetings over the weekend when the sun finally appeared in the skies.

Celebrating Derek Twine’s long and successful Scouting career

After spending Friday in the office at Gilwell and catching up with colleagues (not to mention the postbag after the holidays), Friday evening was one of the formal opportunities for us to thank Derek Twine on his retirement after 16 years as CEO. Family, friends and mainly volunteer colleagues (90 in all), spanning nearly four decades of Scouting, gathered together; it was fascinating listening to all the chatter and memories of Scouting over a time that has seen such a positive transformation. It was a wonderful tribute to our Movement and the pivotal role Derek has played in that transformation, especially since his appointment as CEO. A few more opportunities to say thank you before his final day in the office on Thursday.

Back to Scouting business

Back to Scouting business on Saturday with an early start catching up with more colleagues before a meeting of the Operations Committee. The packed agenda covered a very wide array of our work plans, each with the purpose of furthering the development of Scouting, especially through supporting leaders. Topics included:

  • material to support our programmes
  • adult support
  • internal communications/digital
  • Scouting magazine
  • DGB progress
  • the fundamentals review
  • safeguarding,
  • Jamboree programme,
  • budget and much, much more.

Windsor’s Scout Sunday

Sunday saw our day of celebration in the unique environment of Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel and Quadrangle. The town buzzed with Scouts of all ages, their families and friends. Joining the Dean of Windsor for their regular Sunday Matins service, the Chapel was packed with a thousand leaders and guests to celebrate their achievement and recognise their good service. In his opening welcome, the Dean talked of the pride the Chapel has in hosting ‘Scout Sunday’ as they affectionately refer to it.

Irrespective of your own faith or beliefs, you cannot fail to enjoy and be moved by the ambience and presence of this imposing and unique venue. We are so privileged to enjoy it.

Celebrating the achievements of Queen’s Scouts

The afternoon was our opportunity to recognise the beneficiaries of the morning’s volunteer leaders as we celebrated the magnificent achievements of those receiving the Queen’s Scout Award. This year, the celebrations took place in the presence of another of our Scouting volunteers, HRH Duchess of Cambridge.

A most fitting weekend for a Movement clearly exhibiting a ‘spring in it’s step’ as several of our guests commented.

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