Chief Commissioner’s blog| Boosting our global credentials
International Scouting doesn’t always have to take place outside of the UK, says Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt.
In the context of our provision for 18 to 25-year-olds, it was once put to me that we need to understand our Unique Selling Point, or USP; what we offer that others don’t.
As I pondered this, I focused on the global opportunities we offer in a world where international boundaries are reducing. This usually conjures up images of international trips and great expense, but that doesn’t need to be the case and there are other opportunities closer to home.
This summer for example, we have several major international camps across the UK – a chance for our members to welcome Scouts and Guides from across the world to the UK, to get to know other cultures and languages and secure lifelong friendships, made easier in our world of virtual communications.
As we launch our contingent recruitment to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan, let’s remember that less than 0.5% of our members will be able to attend – making international camps in the UK a fantastic alternative and perhaps a staging post for a trip overseas. We should also remember the value, especially for younger members, of activities that build awareness of global issues. Remember, from little acorns grow great oaks.
Gilwell Reunion is also a unique opportunity in itself; visit scouts.org.uk/reunion to find out more.
Please do take the opportunity to join us and meet Scouting friends new and old, including many who will have travelled from overseas. It’s a chance to find out what is happening in UK Scouting, today and in the future; to quiz your decision makers; find out that residents of the ‘ivory tower’ are actually normal people; learn new skills or simply enjoy the parties. I might even see you for a drink on the Buffalo Lawn!
Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner
Note: This article was originally published in the June/July 2013 edition of Scouting magazine