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This week has seen the launch of two exciting initiatives that reflect Scouting’s success in listening and acting differently, as Wayne explains.

An amazing opportunity

I’m often asked 'how things happen' in Scouting and I’ve written before on the subject. The launch of the UK Youth Commissioner role is a great example of a change being rooted in a discussion at a local event. In this case, the youth engagement event took place in Cheshire, with a few people helping out from nearby Counties. The discussion got around to how we could make a step change and show that we are serious about our commitment to Scouting being shaped by young people in partnership with adults.

We started with the idea of a 'shadow' appointment, for example a young UK Chief Commissioner. I took the discussion to my team meeting and for wider consultation. The idea developed and the Operations Committee and Board gave their approval to the role of UK Youth Commissioner. We’ve received very positive feedback on the role. It’s great to know that it all started from a discussion by young people themselves.

The Big Idea

Today’s launch of The Big Idea is a great way to get everybody sharing their ideas about how to improve Scouting. Every week we will cover a different topic and this week we’re asking for your ideas on engaging and supporting parents and carers.

Even more to come

Listening and acting differently continues to herald great improvements in Scouting. Please keep the ideas coming, we promise to make the best ones happen!

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