Skills and fun


Central Yorkshire’s Skills4U weekend was Wayne's latest experience of leaders learning and having fun. He then opened Fylde's new District HQ, which has risen from the ashes (literally) in just two years.

Leaders need to enjoy themselves too

With a wide variety of new and old activities and skills on offer, it was no surprise that 200 leaders from across central Yorkshire gathered for the County's Skills4U weekend at Bramhope Scout Campsite

As well as featuring outside agencies like Natural England, Scuba Club and a local wildlife trust, there were a variety of practical skills sessions on just about everything. A few even braved the autumn storms to make it through the whole weekend.

Always happy to answer questions

After catching up with most of the leaders, I hosted an open forum. I responded to a wide variety of questions from the floor and took the opportunity to explain our current strategy, discuss our vision for the future and address any concerns.

Rising from the ashes

As he greeted me at Flyde District in West Lancashire, I could tell from the nervous smile of Jack Ledger, District Chair, that I had cut my trek over the County border a little fine. Several hundred guests were seated ready for us to open their new headquarters.

Following a disastrous arson attack just two years ago, Jack has led a fantastic community project, which saw the District rally to build a superb accommodation and activities block.

It was great to join young people from across the District to enjoy activities (though I was pleased the Explorers were preparing the duck for backwoods cooking rather than me) and many of the project’s dignitaries and invited members of the community also attended. You can read more about the project here

The keys to success

I was interviewed by Stefan and Georgina of Trogz ESU Fylde and enjoyed an interesting debate with James, AESL at Mungo Park and Matt, ESL of Sea Dogs ESU. We discussed the issue of fostering a positive competitive spirit in Scouting. I’ll save that topic for another day though.

Now to catch up with the missing first two weeks of September, which have been so hectic my blogging has suffered. Sorry!


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