Blog | Working towards Scouting's future
Last weekend went by in a whirlwind of fun, sharing, friendship, challenge and brilliant ideas. Six hundred members of Scouting gathered at Warwick for Summit17 to consider and shape the future of Scouting.
The event was attended by County/Area/Region(Scotland)/Island/Baliwick Commissioners, District Commissioners, Youth Commissioners and Executive members from across the UK (and even further afield with all the District Commissioners within the British Scouting Overseas Area joining us too!). Team UK, our Trustees and staff helped to run the weekend.
We are at an important point in planning for Scouting’s future. We are nearly at the end of Scouting for All, our 2014-2018 strategy, and now have our sights set on what we'll do to take us to 2023.
Throughout the weekend, we looked back on what we’ve achieved over the past five years and how people outside of Scouting view us. We heard from some outside organisations with some inspiring speakers and we honoured Groups, Districts and Counties that have done astonishing things towards the objectives of our current plan (Growth, Inclusion, Youth Shaped and Community Impact) with our very first national Scouting awards ceremony. We then explored how we can improve Scouting in the future, and what we want to achieve over the next five years.
It was truly great to be part of this event. I met some astonishing Scouters who are doing brilliant things for Scouting. What most struck me was the sense of working together as a huge team, all focused on making Scouting even more successful. I believe that Scouting works best when we work together.
The output from the weekend will be used for consultation with local Scouting this autumn. We will then publish the new plan in early 2018. We’ve already had comments from thousands of Scouting members, both adults and young people, through focus groups, online surveys and activities during YouShape 2017 month.
I am very grateful to everyone who came and contributed so much to our collective future, and to everyone who helped to organise the event. It was a great example of teamwork and the result will shape the future of the Movement. Oh, and by the way, I’ve never been involved in so many selfies!