Chief Commissioner's blog| Keeping a promise
Wayne kept a promise to present two Queen’s Scout Awards in Enfield before heading to Merseyside to continue a week of celebrations.
After the trip to Gibraltar on Monday/Tuesday, I made it to Enfield, Greater London North, on Thursday evening to celebrate the achievements of Jake Orros and Jagz Bharth, who received their Queen’s Scout Awards, the first in the District for some time. Judging from their very inspiring presentations, it won’t be long before they, and the District too, celebrate even more achievements.
It was an inspiring evening, which demonstrated what Scouting is all about. I’d first met Jake and Jagz when they helped us at a reception for supporters last November and made the promise that I’d present their awards when they achieved them. It was a privilege to have been able to keep it.
A bird’s eye view of Scouting in England
After meetings at Gilwell on Friday morning, a trip to Bolton to join the Merseyside conference provided an opportunity to meet up with Mark Tarry, Deputy Chief Commissioner for England – a little nearer to home than usual for him. In addition to the usual topics (review of the eight Regions, County Commissioner reviews, operational plans etc) we reviewed the Youth United funded projects that Mark has been overseeing.
Making good use of time
On Saturday, I joined the East of England CCs for their regular meeting by Skype to discuss the Strategic Plan 2014-18. Great use of technology can certainly help our communications, not to mention my travelling!
Scouting in Merseyside
Merseyside County was holding its fourth County cConference and had invited four GSLs from each of the Districts as a precursor to a potential full team next year. I’d specifically been asked to talk about innovations and the lessons learnt from the various development initiatives we have undertaken.
This prompted me to look back at some of my previous blogs where I have shared some of these innovations:
- So what makes Scouting grow?
- Extending our reach
- Retention of adult volunteers
- Whose responsibility is adult recruitment
The importance of fun
The Saturday was rounded off with a party and a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring fun with our volunteering no matter how passionate we are about extending and improving our Scouting.
There was plenty of time to catch up with more admin on the train back to London before I journeyed to Gilwell to join the latest of our District Commissioner induction days; more of that next week.