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News from a productive Trustee Board meeting; progress on some key projects and more meetings building on our successful partnerships.

Busy week

Matt Hyde and I had another busy week with several joint meetings over three days, including his first visit to Guernsey for a meeting of our captive insurance company. This provided plenty of opportunities for us to discuss our strategic plan as well as many operational matters.

The quarterly Trustee Board meeting on Saturday focussed on our detailed strategic plans covering the period 2014-2018, ensuring we achieve our Vision 2018 through supporting local Scouting. More about this in the New Year.

Working with The Prince’s Trust and others

We also met with Martina Milburn CEO of The Prince’s Trust to discuss ways in which our two organisations can work closer together. These include local Scouting’s use of Prince’s Trust facilities across the UK and promoting Scouting to the Prince’s Trust’s 58,000 young people who participate in their training programmes.  We also discussed Step up to Serve, which we are both very committed to supporting.

Project Compass and website update

We also received updates on these key initiatives which I am delighted to say are both going well. We are all very conscious of the levels of scepticism amongst members on these (and IT projects generally), which is why each are presently undergoing very high levels of testing by local volunteers as well as staff and national volunteers. The upgraded website will be soft launched shortly, with Compass on schedule for local implementation in 2014.

Listening and acting differently

The lifting of the restrictions on paintballing is the latest example of our commitment to listening to our members through open consultations, acting differently and adapting our rules and policies to be as flexible as possible.

Slowly but surely we are a movement shaped by young people in partnership with adults and growing in success as a result.

11/12/13

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