Chief Commissioner’s blog| Five years of more active support

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Derbyshire continues to set a great example of getting the most from Scout Active Support Units and flexible volunteering, while Wayne’s visit to Wiltshire County Camp showed him the success of a youth-led movement and partnerships in practice.

Thriving Derbyshire

I returned from a very enjoyable vacation on Thursday in time to join Derbyshire Scouts for their AGM. It was great to see the progress of their impressive youth council, which I had visited last year, and feel the general buzz in the County as its membership nudges 10,000.

Active Support in practice

It’s been five years since we re-launched Fellowship as Scout Active Support and Derbyshire is a great example of the benefits of this in practice. Five Scout Active Support Units provided over 900 activity sessions through the year with specialist units in biking, caving, climbing, sailing and kiting.  And yes, a SASU also provided some great catering for the event and through the year.

Well done CC, Tom Stoddart, and the great team across all levels within the County.

All the fun of Wales

On Friday I travelled across to Builth Wells for a variety of meetings and discussions before joining 2,000 enthusiastic Cubs, undaunted by the occasional very heavy down pour, who were there to enjoy the All Wales Cub Fun Day.

It was also an opportunity to publicly thank Jill Gloster, who retires shortly after seven years as Chief Commissioner of Wales and to congratulate her on a job very well done.

Shaped by young people

The travel gods were kind to me as I worked my way south through Wales to join 2,000 scouts enjoying Wiltshire’s first all County Camp for 25 years in the fantastic setting of Longleat Safari Park.

The weekend was organised by a team of largely under 25s led by Adrian Sawyer (22) and inspired by their successful Bear in the Air event at Longleat a couple of years ago.

A great example of the benefits of a Movement shaped by young people in partnership with adults.

Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner

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