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Everyday adventure featured heavily in Wayne’s week with a hectic weekend in Bexley and Wales. Before that: a couple of days at Gilwell...

Local matters

Matt Hyde and I met with a Member of Parliament on Tuesday who was representing a disgruntled constituent excluded from Scouting. We explained our approach to these matters and outlined the results of an independent review we had commissioned into this particular case.

Supporting our staff partnership

A quick dash to Gilwell got me to the latest Welcome to the Adventure staff induction course, to explain the role of volunteers in Scouting and its structure.

Next up was a meeting with Gordon and Emma, volunteer and staff leaders on our Youth Shaped in Partnership with Adults strategy to discuss how we are going to achieve the exciting objectives I have previously mentioned and which we will shortly share.

While at Gilwell for a couple of days I also took the opportunity to catch up with a wide variety of staff supporting us and leading various work streams, projects and development.

Community impact

Tony Garvin, ACC Scouting Cornwall and an Emergency Management Officer in his day job, has developed a Community Action Award supported by HRH Prince of Wales; we were invited to Clarence House to discuss how this might fit with other initiatives such as Youth United and Step Up to Serve.

Catching up

Friday was an opportunity to catch up with a variety of people in London including former CEO Derek Twine, Chairman Alan Craft, fellow Trustees and Chair of Risk Committee, Stuart Howells.

Change is never easy

Bexley is the third largest Scouting district in the UK with around 2,500 members. It came into being two years ago with the amalgamation of four previous districts across the London Borough. It has not been an easy process, with lots of lessons learnt.

I was delighted to join their GSLs and District team for their first manager’s conference to celebrate their success and to support them with their development plans.

My adventures in Wales

Having recently appointed Gareth and Jim as Chief Commissioners of Wales, I joined them for their first team meeting to support them. We had a very productive time discussing the Scouts Wales development plans and supporting their needs to achieve this.

The adventure? Well, the wonderful hotel we stayed in can best be described as ‘with character’; a cross between Fawlty Towers and Are You Being Served?! It certainly ensured we laughed a lot, whilst doing plenty of work.

21/01/14

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