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After all the excitement of Windsor (sorry, I know I’m a bit behind but it was “one of those weeks”) we were lucky to join 50 Explorer Scouts for the Premiere of Bear’s latest Born Survivor series – I won’t spoil all the excitement of the series, but as you can see, Bear’s passion for Scouting features extensively…

Tuesday was an “England” day, kicking off with an early morning meeting with Rob, Regional Commissioner, to hear what is happening in the East of England region. I am particularly interested in a partnership they have developed with Girl Guiding East Anglia where they have identified a number of common areas to work together on.

In the afternoon, I caught up with Tim, Chief Commissioner of England to see how he is settling into his new role and to discuss some major projects we have been working on, particularly management and leadership and diversity.

In the evening, we are joined by Mark, Deputy Chief Commissioner of England and Steve, Director of Programme and Development for a regular, detailed, discussion of Scouting in England and progress towards our objectives.

I made it back to Guernsey the following day in time for a rare “official” function just 5 minutes drive from home, to attend Guernsey Scout’s AGM and the appointment of their new Bailiwick Commissioner (CC for the Islands that make up the “Bailiwick” of Guernsey – Alderney, Sark and Herm) – my wife, Julie. I was asked if all CC presentations I make in the future will be confirmed by way of a kiss..

I was also lucky to have another “stay at home” engagement at the weekend when I took advantage of Lt. Cmd. David Griffith’s visit to Guernsey to meet with him. David is Staff Officer Scouts for the Royal Navy, and responsible for the highly successful RN Recognition Scheme. We took the opportunity to discuss the scheme in detail; there are 101 RN Recognised Sea Scout Groups in the UK and David’s inspection programme gives him an excellent insight into local Scouting, good and bad.

It is a particularly good time for Sea Scouting too it seems, an increase in numbers and awards achieved by young people in Recognised Groups means that the annual grant given by the RN has again increased.

Good news all around it seems

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