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Wayne joined Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in Somerset as they celebrated achieving their Chief Scout's Award with a day of activities – undaunted by the weather!

Some examples

In response to my blog last week, Moz Morris tweeted that it would be good to have some examples of where ‘grass root’ comments have led to specific actions.

I’ve made a note to come back to this later in the year when we share the strategic plan, but one example could be the change to our rules to welcome atheists as full members. A number of members had commented on this, and specifically the Scottish Scout Youth Forum had highlighted it as a part of its ‘Youth Manifesto’ for the Vision. We played a clip of this as part of the earlier Vision 2018 consultation and listened to the discussions that followed. The rest is now history as they say!

Key elements of our plans regarding being youth shaped and our meeting facilities can be attributed similarly and more of this when we launch the plan.

Human rights and much more

After meetings in London on Friday I took advantage of travelling to Somerset via Bristol to catch up with Dan Wood. Not only CC for Avon, Dan is also a member of the World Scout task force looking at human rights and equal opportunities, and a member of our Inclusive Scouting strategy group – you can imagine a long list of topics for discussion.

Somerset

I joined the County team (which included DCs and Chairs) to discuss the Vision 2018 and their own plans to develop Scouting in the County.

Leaving them to continue their work, I escaped after lunch to join sixty Cubs, Scouts and Explorers who had gathered at Huish Wood activity centre (pictured) for a day of fun activities. We celebrated their wonderful achievement in gaining their Chief Scout's Awards while some also celebrated becoming members of the County WSJ contingent. It is hard to think of a better way to make them feel proud and special.

It was certainly very inspiring for me to have been able to join them.

Wayne Bulpitt, Uk Chief Commissioner
05/02/2014

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