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After an inspiring evening in East London with the Duchess of Cambridge, local leaders and a new Scout Group, Wayne reflects on the events of the past week and the future of youth work.

The power of helping

Watching HRH Duchess of Cambridge help Beaver Scouts to earn their Disability Awareness Badge with fellow volunteer helpers, it was easy to see the power of helping young people learning by doing and trying new activities and new skills.

The Duchess joined us to show her support for Scouting and particularly our Better Prepared initiative to ensure more young people, especially in economically and socially deprived areas, enjoy the same life-changing activities as any other young person.

Proud to Scout

I’m not the only one who is proud to be a Scout Leader; there are more than 130,000 volunteers who give time and energy to helping young people because we know that helping them fulfil their potential is vital. It’s great to see the work they do be recognised, valued and supported by the visit of the Duchess. The Colony she visited is providing life changing experiences to young people in one of the tougher parts of our big cities. The leadership team in the Colony is headed up by a young man called Carlos. Like all our leaders he is a hero to the young people he works with. Without Carols and thousands of other adults like him we run the risk of preventing whole generations of young people having life-changing opportunities through organisations like ours.

We must strive to ensure that we promote the good work that leaders like Carlos do across the UK and ensure their efforts are appropriately profiled. We can’t let their hard work go unrecognised.

The Duchess’s recent visit is testament to the power of Scouting, and during the months to come there will be hundreds more inspiring, amazing stories unfolding at Scout Groups all over the UK; let’s focus on the positive impact we make and continue to be proud of what we do.

A word about last week’s civil compensation claim stories that were run by BBC News

Anyone with a passion for helping young people understands the needs of those who were abused to have closure and to know that those who abused them are punished. At The Scout Association, we have for a long time been at the forefront of work, policies and procedures with a view to making the safety of young people our number one priority while providing millions of young people life-changing opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have had.

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