Chief Commissioner's blog | Thank you

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Whatever your beliefs, the coming weeks provide an opportunity to look back, reflect on what has been and look forward to what is coming.

At the forefront

Scouting in the UK has had another truly amazing year. We have seen numerous national media headlines proclaiming the success of Scouting, in particular, our growing relevance to today’s society. We are at the centre of national policies seeking to improve the opportunities of young people and our communities, consulted by decision-makers from all parties and non-political groups alike.

We are making good progress in our projects to invigorate Scouting in communities that might not seem like a natural fit and we introduced the biggest change in our core fundamentals for over 106 years to near unanimous approval.

What really matters

However, we know that what really matters is what happens every week in sections and units across the UK; these are the places where Scouting offers life-changing experiences and young people’s lives are shaped for the better.

We’ve been enjoying great success here too and the increasing value being recognised by our wider society is almost entirely due to the work of our local volunteers who make these activities happen.

Sit back and enjoy a well-deserved break

Next week I will look forward to what 2014 has in store for Scouting, but first, sit back and enjoy a well-deserved break.

A very big thank you for all that you have done for young people over the past year.

Season’s greetings and best wishes to you all for 2014 and beyond.

Wayne

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