A message from our new County Commissioner

A message from our new County Commissioner, Shirley Brookes;

Dear fellow Scouters,

So, it’s been just over 4 weeks since I was appointed as the County Commissioner and I would first of all like to say thank you to everyone who has contacted me with messages of support. I’ve been Scouting in Solihull for just over 12 years and, through my roles at 2nd Balsall Common (as a Section Leader and as GSL) and also my time as County Training Manager, I’ve been really fortunate to get to know quite a few of you. But now I’m looking forward to meeting so many more of you – so if you see me around please come and say hello!

When Dave announced that he was having to step down as CC it came as a surprise to us all but I knew then that I wanted to put myself forward – I have a passion for Scouting in Solihull, I like to think that I can play my part in supporting you in your Scouting and also that I can help us grow and reach more young people and adults. But I know that I can’t do this on my own. It’s got to be a team effort and I hope you will help me.

At my interview I set out my vision for Scouting in Solihull as being a place that values its members; continues to grow; is inclusive; involves the young people; and its part of our community. I would welcome your thoughts on whether or not you agree with me and any ideas you may have. I don’t have all the answers on how to achieve this, but I think that it is a place to start.

I’m really excited already by what I have learnt over the last few weeks about what you are all up to across the County. The celebrations of 30 years of Beavers and 100 years of Cubs will see many special activities taking place. And the Scouts and Explorers have got their annual events such as Six Summits and Operation Chameleon. Not forgetting also the individual and group challenges that come from achieving badges, going to camp and undertaking expeditions. If you would like to invite me to your events, then please do.

It’s also been humbling to hear about the exceptional service that so many leaders have given that has been deservedly recognised with national Scouting Awards. If you feel that someone you know deserves recognition with such an award, then please contact Ian Carnell with the details. I also have special Solihull “thanks” badges and certificates that you can use to recognise someone who supports your Scouting (they do not have to be a member), so please let me know if you would like to make a nomination.

Above all, I would like to thank you for everything you do. There would be no Scouting in Solihull without you. I know that it can be frustrating at times; particularly when bureaucracy seems to get in the way, but I hope you can see beyond that, acknowledge that it’s what we have to work with, and get on with enjoying your Scouting for yourself.

I really hope that we will meet soon,

Yours in Scouting


Shirley Brookes
County Commissioner
Solihull Scout County
Email: shirley@solihullscouts.org.uk