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Wayne’s weekend was full of meetings to help progress Scouting’s exciting plans. He also had the chance to join Scoutabout camp and remind himself what it’s all for.

Friday was another busy day at Gilwell Park and in London when I took the chance to catch up with a couple of new members on our staff team; Alexis, our Chief Information Officer, and Alison, our Interim Head of Fundraising. It was great to get their initial thoughts and observations on the opportunities ahead and how they can help achieve those.

Compass on course

As you might imagine, Compass was a key element of the discussions with Alexis. When I joined the County team and District Commissioners in Kent on Saturday, I was delighted with the response to our Compass demonstration and presentation from even the most sceptical members.

I also recently discussed Compass in a series of interviews for Scout Radio. You can listen to my answers on lots of topics, including handling complaints and the importance of saying thank you. I also revealed my favourite badge!

Co-ordinating our business

Friday evening and Saturday morning saw a meeting of my team where we considered a wide range of topics such as safety in Scouting, analysis of the census, our Strategic Plan and how to develop leaders within the Movement. We also listened to updates from across the UK and programme/support areas.

Matt Hyde and I took the opportunity to catch up with the Chairman of the Operations Committee, Carl Hankinson, and followed that with a telephone conference with the Chairman, Alan Craft.  

I got to Maidstone in time to close Kent’s County Day and host a Q&A session. This is always a great opportunity to respond to questions and discuss topics of concern within local Scouting.  

What it’s all about

June is of course a very popular month for camps and activities. I was lucky enough to join 6,000 Scouts and Guides in Surrey for their Scoutabout camp over the weekend. I then returned to Kent for the opening of an amazing climbing barn by adventurer and mountaineer Kenton Cool.

Those were two fantastic events that reminded me just why we are part of the Movement.

4/7/14

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