Chief Commissioner's Blog | Youth shaped Scouting
A visit to Derby was an opportunity for Wayne to explore what youth shaped Scouting means in practice. This week he also had another ‘Gilwell Friday’ and a Trustee Board meeting.
At ‘Gilwell Friday’ I had the chance for more catch-ups. This week we discussed our plans for Reunion at Gilwell Park – it’s great that Chief Scout Bear Grylls will be dropping in this year. We also looked at our strategies for National Centres, Places to Meet & Go and communications amongst others.
Saturday saw our latest Trustee Board meeting where we received progress reports on key work plans including Compass, our five-year financial strategy (we have again frozen the membership fee), key appointments and the allocation of resources.
Celebrating and learning
A detailed review of the annual census allowed us to celebrate many amazing successes and also to identify areas needing further support so that resources can be properly allocated.
I travelled to Derby and had dinner on Saturday with 13 others, mainly District Commissioners. This provided a good opportunity to discuss their experiences, both positive and negative. I explained the background to the strategic plan and we explored what more we should be doing to support it.
On Sunday 1,500 Beavers, from over 100 of the County’s Colonies, gathered for a fantastic day of fun and adventure. It was themed around four of the world’s continents. I never cease to be amazed at the leaders’ creative skills in adapting old ideas and designing new activities. It was a great chance to talk to lots of leaders and parents about their experiences, too.
Youth shaped Scouting in action
Derbyshire has been at the forefront of supporting ‘youth shaped Scouting.’ It was great to be shown around by two of their amazing members, Amy and Peggy, and to chat with many others.
Youth shaped thinking is at the heart of Peak 2015, Derbyshire’s international camp. Four youth members work alongside others in the camp organising team to shape the event and ensure participants have a great time. Remember you don’t have to go to Japan next summer to have a brilliant international experience!