Chief Commissioner's Blog | The Journey
A weekend in Scotland reminded Wayne of the many reasons behind our success: partnerships between young and old, exciting activities with an underpinning educational purpose, great young people and inspiring adult volunteers....
‘Just chill and relax’
Our first visit of the weekend with Scouts Scotland kicked off with one of four zonal finals of Scotland’s National Scout Patrol Camping Competition where we spent time chatting to the organisers and the Scouts who had already beaten off competition to win their District rounds. I got a little nervous when the organiser said, for the fourth time, ‘just chill and relax’.
The venue was The Craigs, in West Lothian; a campsite well maintained by a Scout Active Support Unit calling themselves ‘The Summer Wine Patrol’ – for reasons obvious from their average age. They give a large amount of time to developing and maintaining the campsite on a weekly basis; the young people making full use of it was the only reward they sought.
In Livingston, we joined young people and adults from across Scotland to celebrate their achievements, from a Bronze Chief Scout Award to the Silver Wolf in an inspiring ceremony led by young people in partnership with adults.
Getting to know the Highlands and Islands region
A three-hour train journey got us to Inverness where we joined members of the Highlands and Islands Region of Scotland for their annual camp, many of whom also had a three-hour journey to get there.
It was particularly great to see a strong and vibrant contingent from Orkney. We were also able to present a number of awards to those who would have been unable to travel to the national ceremony.
The very essence of Scouting
Throughout the weekend I was reminded of the essence of the Scouting journey for all, regardless of their age and whether they have been a member of all Scouting sections or for a few years only.
The journey is inspiring: the progression of non-formal learning through the stages of the Chief Scout Awards to Queen’s Scouts; the excitement of the Explorer Belt, achieved through fun and adventure; and exciting programmes run by volunteer leaders whose commitment we were able to recognise through good service awards over the weekend.
Scouting skills in action
We recognised also the achievements of six Scouts of various ages who had put their skills to great use in saving the lives of others whilst out and about in everyday life.
Such a great journey to have been able to celebrate over one busy weekend.