This week, Wayne visited Scouts Wales, caught up with Bear to discuss Scouting’s progress and contemplated Scouting’s many international opportunities.
Before joining Scouts Wales for their ‘Council in Conference’ and AGM on Saturday morning, I was able to participate in Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) through a live interview with JOTI radio
This was operated by Avon Radio, a great Scouting radio station supported by Avon Scouts. It was a great reminder that the international element of Scouting isn’t just about the big expeditions that we so often hear about.
Moving with the times
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) was initially established using amateur radio to link members of Scouting and Guiding across the globe. However, the annual world event has evolved to make full use of the technologies available. Like social media, JOTA allows us to make new friends across the globe and continue those friendships that were established through international camps and expeditions.
JOTA and JOTI was a great reminder of some of the wonderful benefits that being part of a global movement brings.
Catching up with Bear
Earlier on in the week Derek Twine and I caught up with our UK Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, to review his most recent Bear in the Air weekend. We also discussed next year’s plans and briefed him on Scouting's progress and initiatives.
It was great to hear how Bear continues to enjoy the role of Chief Scout while progressing with his own activities, which continue to provide opportunities for us.
I have talked before about the great success of Scouting in Wales (www.scoutwales.org.uk), and it was great to be back in Bluith Wells for their annual 'Council in Conference' and General Meeting.
I also spent time with the activities team; Scouting in Wales is fortunate to have a very active and successful activities support group, which ensures that it makes the most of the fantastic opportunities on its own doorstep.
We also made the most of the beautiful surroundings by spending a few days in the Brecons.
International opportunities closer to home
There are many opportunities though local international camps in the UK each year. Check out www.scouts.org.uk/international and book a place. You never know who you might meet.