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Scouting works best when our partnerships, whether local or national, internal or external, are working at their best. Wayne was pleased to witness this firsthand when he spent some time with our national teams...

Youth United

On Tuesday I attended the AGM of Youth United Foundation, the conduit through which we are receiving significant funding for our ambitious plans to develop Scouting. It was interesting to catch up with colleagues from similar organisations and discuss experiences; I also got the chance to talk with some of the beneficiaries of the projects.

High-performing team

Friday evening and Saturday included a joint meeting of our national leadership teams followed by a meeting of the Trustee Board. I’ve written before that Scouting achieves most when all our partnerships work together; while we are doing really well presently, we want to support the Movement even better, so our joint meeting (my team, Trustees and Senior Staff team) worked on developing the characteristics of high-performance teams in a Scouting context.

Interestingly, our discussions focussed on a number of relatively straightforward items that might allow our team to perform optimally. These include treating each other with respect, effective feedback and celebrating differences.  We’ll work out how to take this forward in the coming months.

The Trustee Board also received a briefing on safeguarding trends, Project Compass, finance strategy and progress with strategy.

The little things that count

In a busy day at Gilwell, I managed to spend 10 minutes with the GLNE County team, joined the fun of Enfield Beavers’ fun day and met with an unsuccessful candidate in the Trustee election to see how we can benefit from his skills and interests.

I also met with Stephen Donaldson, County Commissioner for County Down to catch up on Scouting in the County and Northern Ireland in general. On Sunday I had a FaceTime conversation with a DC to offer support on some high-profile challenges; we have also kept in touch with events following a separate incident over the weekend where two leaders, Matthew and Mike, were unfortunately injured in a hit and run incident whilst supervising an activity with their Scouts. We are hoping for a speedy recovery for both.

Much of my week has also been taken up with pursuing our ambitions for a Movement shaped by young people in partnership with adults, but more of this another day...

02/10/14

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