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A busy few days for Wayne included time with Greater London South and shuttling between Guernsey, Edinburgh and Glasgow!

Celebrating the life of Garth Morrison

On Friday I joined over one thousand people from many walks of Scottish life and Scouting friends from across the world to celebrate the life of Sir Garth Morrison, Chief Scout from 1988 to 1996 and a great source of inspiration and support to many of us.

Garth also set in motion many of the changes that established the foundations for today’s success.  As always, such occasions are an opportunity to catch up with friends and former colleagues you don’t get to see often enough.

Keeping an ear to the ground

Greater London South has achieved many challenges over recent years and it was great to join many of the leaders for Indaba-13, a weekend of learning, camaraderie and an opportunity to discuss many of the successes and challenges of developing Scouting in the London boroughs. I certainly left feeling very confident that the blocks are in place to build on our success.

Better understanding

Among the people I chatted to over the weekend was Tessa, a Beaver Leader of eight years. She pulled no punches in telling me how difficult our system is for people with a hearing impairment, and that one of the most frustrating things is that people often shy away from talking to her because of her impairment – the very last thing she wants. We discussed ways in which we could address this and give people the confidence to overcome their initial lack of confidence.

She came up to me afterwards and was a little embarrassed to say she hadn’t realised who I was!  I reassured her that I really wasn’t worried and much preferred such honest discussions. I’ve also promised to do something about it!

Searching for that USP

Back to Glasgow to visit the Scouting working group that is looking at what we should be offering 18-25 year olds; the group was particularly considering recent consultations with Network and Explorer Scouts as well as non-members.

I’m very excited about the potential opportunities we can offer young adults and was particularly excited about the ideas they have come up with.

During all this travel and a day in London, I managed to catch up with a variety of people and make progress on a couple of exciting development opportunities with partners. All in all it’s a great place to be.

Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner

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