More inclusive and as busy as ever


Wayne has been busy preparing for the fundamentals consultation while trying to catch up on all manner of exciting Scouting projects.

Becoming even more inclusive?

Much of last week, and several weeks before that, was spent preparing for the announcement made on 4 December concerning our consultation on the impact of changes to our Fundamentals, and in particular whether we should allow atheists to become full members.

Trustee board meeting

It was also a very busy week with many other engagements, including a full day's meeting of Trustees on Saturday, which discussed a variety of other equally important topics. These included a review of several of our key appointments: feedback on our Vision Towards 2018 from the recent conference; budget forecasts; progress on key projects including MMS, web and membership fee collection, plus much and more.

Project catch ups

Earlier in the week, Derek Twine and I had met with Zone, the external partner leading our website project for a progress report with the project team leaders. We also met the marketing team who developed the digital campaign to review progress and an upcoming opportunity to play the advert in 10 regional cinemas.

Watching the pennies

On Tuesday evening we hosted a reception for Scout Fellows, other donors and potential partners. In addition to a screening of the Expect More film, we were lucky enough to hear from Bryony Balen, a Scout, who talked about her expedition. It's a very inspiring story of adventure and all that is great about Scouting.

Working in disadvantaged areas

I met with John Davies of, an interesting charity helping young people in particularly disadvantaged areas through the medium of sport. Interestingly, all the charity's senior team have been Scouts, so they were keen to explore how we could help each other reach more young people in these areas.

Bill Hall

On Friday, Derek Twine and I visited Jersey to attend a wonderfully inspiring memorial service celebrating the life of Bill Hall, a fine Scout of the world and a great individual. There will also be a service in Dulwich on 19 January 2013; details to be announced nearer the time.


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