If you’re like me, you possibly couldn’t wait for the clocks to move forward last weekend and bring with the change to British Summer Time some more daylight and hopefully warmer weather and the opportunity to take advantage of outdoor activities in your programme planning.  It’s great to see and hear what you’re all up to so please do take the opportunity to shout about what you’re doing on our Facebook page.

As a County Team we recently took advantage of the unpredictable spring weather and held a very successful Development Day last week giving all the County team an opportunity to look ahead to our plans for 2017 and onwards, review The Scout Association Strategic Plan and agree how we want to start feeding into the 2018+ vision that’s currently being worked on.  We also took some time to focus on key areas from our own Development Plan so do please watch out for County updates which will be issued on the progress of our plans and how you will be able to get involved. We’ve agreed to kick off projects in four key areas:

  • Talent Development and Succession Planning
  • Youth Engagement
  • Executive / AAC Support
  • Development and Network Launch

We know that the New Year is always a busy time for Groups and Districts as we compile our annual census information. I appreciate this is no mean feat and requires a great deal of work and co-ordination so thank you to everybody for getting the data to us in a timely manner.   I’m delighted to be able to report that as a County our total number of youth and adult members has increased by 10% to a total of 7,372. Our growth over the last five years now stands at 28% which is just fantastic and means that an additional 1,592 people are now involved in Scouting across Birmingham – thank you to everybody for everything you’ve done to contribute to this great growth story.

Whilst the increases are very encouraging we do still hundreds of youngsters who are old enough to join but are on waiting lists, particularly across our Beaver and Cub Scout sections. We need to work to find places for these young people so that can enjoy Scouting along with all of our other members, however we also agreed at the County Development Day to focus on a number of other priority areas: increasing Explorer numbers, working with those Groups who reported sections with less than 12 members, and those sections reporting single leaders.

I’d like to also welcome new members to our County team and congratulate those that have moved into new roles. Taking on important new roles are Shaid Karim – County Development Advisor, Paul Little – District Commissioner – Sutton Coldfield West, John Nelson – County Communications Manager – Media, Nick Thomas – Deputy County Commissioner – Programme and Amelia Connolly – ACC Scouts, Interim. Please join me in wishing them well in their new positions.

 

Andrew Lloyd

County Commissioner – Birmingham County Scouts