Chief Commissioner's Blog | County AGM season
Making the most of County AGMs and a cross country tour of England by train gave Wayne another inspiring weekend.
Berkshire Scouts overcame the dilemma of ‘what to do with an AGM’ by splitting the evening into three. They held a formal AGM at the start and this was followed by a number of stalls, bases and workshops for members to visit and network. At the end there was a celebration and review. This way, external guests get to avoid the formal business but have plenty of time to learn about Scouting.
There was plenty to celebrate as the County has gone from strength to strength. New sections have been opened across the County thanks to better programmes and increasing provision.
How to make the most of local AGMs was one of a series of questions I was asked in a wide-ranging interview on Scout Radio. You can listen to my answers on the Scout Radio website.
Communicating in different ways
A conference on Saturday was a chance to bring together 90 volunteers and staff from across the national teams that report to the Operations Committee. The objective is to share progress on work plans, to outline The Scout Association’s activity over the next 12-18 months and to ensure our work remains joined-up.
I joined 3,800 members of Central Yorkshire Scouts at their Challenge 14 camp and had the chance to spend the evening visiting the activities and chatting to the leaders and helpers.
I was looked after by two James’ – James, 25-year-old District Commissioner for Leeds Templar and James, a 20-year-old Group Scout Leader. It was a great and inspiring opportunity to listen to their experiences. I was certainly even more confident for Scouting’s future afterwards!
A Sunday morning cross-country train ‘tour’ got me to Bristol in time to join Avon Scouts for their County Development Day. This closed with their AGM where they looked at practical tools and ideas to support the development of local Scouting. The session also looked at some external views and perceptions of Scouting, which facilitated some interesting discussion on how we can address these.
A particular highlight for me was a chance to do a Q&A with members of the Avonators, one of Avon’s two World Scout Jamboree Units. They asked diverse questions such as who the next Chief Scout might be, how we raise money and what my typical day is like.
Along with sifting through 105 applications for the new UK Youth Commissioner role, it has been a truly inspiring week.