Hoping that this latest issue reaches you all well and I think I can just about get away wishing you all a somewhat belated but a happy new Scouting year. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and that you’re ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that 2017 will bring with the prospect of exciting programmes and activities for all your sections.  If you’re anything like me, I suspect like you may also be looking forward to the lighter nights and the chance to get outdoors with your Groups – hopefully you have been busy planning your annual programmes and booking events and activities.

Looking at the 2017 County Diary, it’s great to see another fun and exciting year ahead.  Whereas last year included a number of great events for our young people, our focus as a County for the coming year is more focussed around how we can support you as leaders, to that end we’ve four great days planned that you might want to note in your diaries now (details will follow in due course):

Sunday 7th May – New Leaders Skills Day and Beaver Leaders Practical Skills Day

Sunday 21st May – GSL and Group / District Executive Best Practice Day/ Sunday 21st May – Programme Support Day for Beaver, Cub and Scout Leaders

(not a typo, we’re holding the two events on the same day!)

Sunday 26th November – Grow Your Group Day – a similar day to the one we did several years ago which proved very successful and useful for all Groups

As we move into February, I hope you’re all ready for #YouShape month? It would be great to get all of our Groups within Birmingham involved and our Youth Commissioner team have been busy producing and circulating the resource pack which makes it easy for you to plan how your section can be involved. There are also some great resources online at scouts.org.uk/youshape. Please post what you have been doing on your District facebook pages and let us have any pictures or news at headquarters@birminghamscouts.org.uk

Looking further ahead, information regarding the 24th World Scout Jamboree is now starting to become available…I know it can’t seem five minutes since we were all busy fundraising across the County for the Japan Jamboree! We’re going to be launching our selection processes for the County contingent leaders and young people over the next month or two so please keep an eye out for the details and encourage your young people to apply for what’s truly a once in a lifetime experience. We have early info on the website but the best way of keeping up-to-date is to like the Jamboree facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/24WSJ2019/

Here’s looking forward to another fantastic year for Birmingham Scouting.. do remember to keep up-to-date with all our news on our Facebook page and the County website and let us know what you’re up to within your own Groups and your Districts.


Andrew Lloyd

Birmingham Scouts County Commissioner