Chief Commissioner's Blog | Great preparation
In a packed six days of Scouting, a highlight for Wayne was joining UK Youth Commissioner Hannah Kentish and the unit leaders who will be taking 3,000 UK teenagers to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
Mari Nakano, Chair of the Jamboree organising committee, along with two senior staff members, travelled to the UK for an event involving our own UK Jamboree Contingent. They were keen to say how impressed they were with the organisation of our contingent; so much so that they requested our leaders to run some of the sessions, especially those aimed at preparing our young people for what to expect on their visit to Hiroshima, at the next contingent leaders meeting in Japan.
An inspiring team
The real buzz of the event came from the unit leaders themselves who boast an amazing combination of energy and enthusiasm whilst recognising the pivotal role they have in ensuring that participants get the most from this amazing experience (and make the most of it when they return).
Jamboree for all
Attending the World Scout Jamboree isn’t the only way to benefit and I have been delighted by the feedback on Japan in a Box, our great practical resource developed to ensure that every member of Scouting gets a flavour of international Scouting and in particular the Japan Jamboree.
I am looking forward to a brief visit to Japan next summer but also the opportunity to visit the international opportunities nearer home at the international camps across the UK too.
Learning from the journey
The benefit of great preparation applies to general volunteering and so Hannah and I were equally lucky to drop in on Warwickshire’s Media Comms day on our way to the unit leader’s weekend.
I participated in an interesting session comparing the volunteering journey with that of a hotel chain customer service; highlighting the vital importance of these early interactions with potential volunteers through to induction, training, and review etc. Very much a work in progress and something I will return to in the New Year.
In other news
My packed week also included attending the first anniversary of Step Up To Serve, plus lots of meetings with colleagues and potential Chairs, our annual meeting of the leadership teams from the four nations (including an opportunity in particular to catch up with those from Northern Ireland and Wales) and meetings with the Japanese Jamboree team with the newly appointed Chief Executive of Youth United!