Meetings, time for reflection and Robin Hood!


After the fun and excitement of last week, this has been a week meetings, seeing new colleagues and quiet reflection.

Where's Bear?

We caught up with Bear on Wednesday to chat over the things he has done this year and plan for the next twelve months.  This coming weekend he will be flying around London and the South East Region on a combination of motorbike and helicopter and next year’s weekends include the South West and East Midlands regions. 

Following the success of the Survival Weekend, next year will be an opportunity for the Network section, so get working on your Chief and Queen's Scout Awards.

Communication Friday

Friday was largely a ‘communications day’. First, the morning was spent with our PR company for a variety of discussions and some more intensive media training – very thought-provoking and something I hope not to have to use. Back to Gilwell for a working lunch with our three new Trustees elected at the AGM who were in the office for their induction – a chance for them to find out what is happening behind the scenes.

The afternoon was a chance to meet some of our new staff too: Sam, Head of Public Affairs and Hermione, Internal Communications Manager. As you may know, these are two topics close to my heart so we had much to discuss about what we wish to do in these areas.

Board of meetings?

Saturday morning saw a meeting of the Board of Trustees – lots of governance matters to deal with as this was the first meeting following the AGM and a time to allocate members to working groups etc.

We also received a report on our IT & Membership Service Systems – we all know how bad things are at the moment so it was good to be briefed on what is being done to address these issues and to ensure that we have a modern system that reflects the needs of our members, rather than those of HQ. A full update will be shared shortly.

A youth-led movement

Time after the Board meeting to join the steering group leading our youth involvement work (also close to my heart) and to find out how their work is progressing in ensuring that young people are really at the centre shaping what we do and how we do it.

The first of their exciting Inspire events takes place on Saturday and having recently seen the Youth Manifesto of 35 points produced from a youth forum in Scotland, I am certainly looking forward to great things.

Merry men

Talking of which, I had a chance to watch the story of Robin Hood, as told by members of the 4th Golcar, Huddersfield West Group in a feature length DVD they have produced.  Clearly many budding producers and actors/actresses in our midst.  Well done!

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