Mud bath at G24, sunburnt in York - all in one day


On Saturday, Wayne kicked off a very wet Gilwell 24 with Scouting's newest Ambassador, Ed Stafford and 5,000 Explorer Scouts. He then travelled to York to join the National Scout Car Races in the glorious sunshine.

Getting down to business

Before the fun of the weekend there was work to be done. A train journey to Manchester on Monday provided an opportunity to catch up with Gail Scott-Spicer, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Scout Association. I then joined the County Commissioner’s of Greater Manchester for further work on our exciting development pilot project. The evening was spent at the Greater Manchester North County's Executive meeting.

Celebrating our DofE Gold achievements

Back to London on Tuesday and to St James's Palace where 57 Scouts were presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. As the scheme’s largest operating authority, we were delighted to have our own room (the Throne Room no less) and to be joined by our own Scouting Ambassador, Julia Bradbury, who showed what a great Ambassador for us she is.

Working to ensure safe Scouting

Wednesday was a safety-themed day with a couple of conference call meetings: firstly with our Serious Accident Investigations panel (which thankfully meets rarely) and then with our Safety Culture steering group.  A brief opportunity to practice the webinar technology ahead of our pilot with the District Commissioner also got squeezed in.

The fun begins with Gilwell 24

Back to Gilwell on Friday to catch up with attendees of Gilwell 24 as they arrived before the official opening of the event with our latest Scouting Ambassador, Ed Stafford. After that, the 24 hours of non-stop fun got underway.

National Scout Car Races

A drive through heavy showers got me to glorious sunshine in Rufforth, York. Here, the National Scout Car Races took over part of an active airfield for its annual races.

I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was immediately impressed by the scale and organisation of the event that is now in its 73rd year.  Six new teams were participating for the first time and it was great to see some friendly rivalry as the experienced teams were happy to help the novices (most of the time at least).

The event is well worth looking into if you are looking for something a little different to add to your programme.

I made use of an overnight stay at Manchester airport to catch up with Peter Oliver, Deputy County Commissioner for Merseyside and a member of the IT Steering Group, and Carl Hankinson, County Commissioner for West Lancs and Chairman Operations Committee. We discussed a variety of topics before I made it home in time for Sunday lunch and the tennis.


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