Back into the swing of things
Wayne takes a look back at a hectic (but great) month for Scouting and considers what this might mean for us as we look ahead.
Scouting’s positive impact
Whether you stayed at home to enjoy an Olympic summer or enjoyed a break overseas, it was impossible not to notice Scouting’s positive impact. Many great Olympians acknowledged the significant part Scouting played in making the Olympics great; the Games Makers, many of whom were Scout volunteers, summed up the country's positive mood and reminded us of the power of volunteering.
Everyday adventure continued
Many other volunteers continued to give up their holiday to provide everyday adventure at home and abroad. We bumped into Scouts on our own travels while sightseeing in Antwerp, Brussels and at Gatwick airport where Berkshire’s Explorer Belt group were off to Macedonia. I also managed to catch many groups visiting Guernsey.
Then there were the successful international camps, back after many years absence. As well as the brilliant BrumJam in July, last week over 9,500 Scouts and Guides attended the Essex International Jamboree.
We also saw the National Scout and Guide Orchestra for their concert in Peterborough Cathedral at the end of their summer camp.
Peace and reconciliation
There is also a serious side to what we are about. We had a positive weekend at the opening of Castle Saunderson in Ireland. This is a joint partnership between Scouting Ireland, The Scout Association Northern Ireland and Cavan Council (the Irish local authority); a 'Kandersteg of Ireland' for want of a better description.
In Scotland last weekend we also joined 500 leaders from across the country for a day of learning new skills, chatting to exhibitors and meeting friends old and new.
Hitting the headlines
Scouts once again hit the headlines last week when members conquered the four peaks of the UK and helped make and light the National Flames ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The Times also had a nice front-page headline on our inner-city initiatives last Saturday.
Like most of you, our summer has revolved around Scouting and volunteering, and what a great time we’ve had.
Over the coming weeks I'll share some thoughts about what we can do to capitalise on the summer's positive activity. In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts so please do share them by email.