Without meaning to jinx the weeks ahead of us, who would have predicted the glorious weather we’ve enjoyed over the last month? I know that many of you have been away camping or running activities and the heatwave has given both great opportunities as well as bringing a few challenges to deal with!
From a County Scouting perspective, it’s been a busy few months since my last Blog with lots of training activity happening and of course our Jamboree selection for our leadership team and the young people who will form the unit.
Over the last two months we’ve held four training/networking events for our Leaders and Executive members. These events have covered Programme planning, the Beaver section, the role of the Executive Committee and a support day for our new Leaders and, based on the feedback we’ve received, have proven to be very popular. It has been great to see so many members from across the County giving up their valuable time to take part in these days.
Events like these will be happening on a more frequent basis in the County, covering new topics that will benefit our Leaders and supporters. We have another ‘Grow Your Group’ event planned for 26 November following the day we ran a couple of years ago as part of the YUF project. We hope to see many of our Groups take part.
Throughout May, June and the start of July we’ve had the pleasure (and sometimes hard task) of selecting our Leader and Youth contingent for the World Scout Jamboree 2019. Choosing our four leaders and 36 youth participants has been no easy task but I think that overall we have chosen a great team of people to represent the County in 2019. My thanks go out to all of the Districts who supported the process and to the leaders, parents and supporters of the Scouts and Explorers who were part of the selection process. Good luck to the leadership team of Richard Berry, Elizabeth Curran, Gez Evans and Elizabeth Kemp who will be leading the team to the Jamboree.
We are launching the contingent to Birmingham on Monday 17th July and then the long fundraising journey begins – I am sure that in one way or another we will all be involved!!
Looking forward to the summer, we once again wish the members of the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra the very best for their time in Birmingham and hope the concerts go well. Information on the events can be found here – they are great performances which we hope the County will support.
My final message is to wish all our Groups and sections a happy camping/outdoor season with the Summer holidays soon approaching. Make sure you get the most from your trip and stay safe along the way. There is a great video produced by The Scout Association which is useful to view before you embark on any activity.
I’ll be back in September to report on progress against our County development plan and to look forward to our event programme in the Autumn and Winter months.
Enjoy the Scouting Summer and take advantage of time with family and friends to recharge before the next busy Scouting season.
County Commissioner – Birmingham