Last week I met with the Assistant County Commissioners and we took the opportunity to reflect on many of the great things that have been achieved over the last few years across the County. We came up with a long list including our growth in numbers, the achievement of many youth and adult awards, wood badges and permits, international and local experiences, County and District events, and our website and digital tools. None of these would have been possible without the amazing teams of people supporting young people and fellow adults in the groups, units, District and County teams.
Having reflected on the past we then turned our thoughts to the future and how we build on these achievements, focussing the key pillars of Programme, People and Perception. And it was suggested that this plan should include the resurrection of the CC Blog – so this is the first of an occasional series and thank you for reading!
I finished off my week serving soup in 30 mph winds at the County Night Hike. I was so impressed by the resilience of the 270+ young people who took part in this event in what became quite challenging conditions. Our checkpoint was roughly two-thirds of the way round and we were still greeted with smiles and polite thank yous, even though it was the middle of the night and everyone was getting very tired. There are too many people to thank individually for organising, running and supporting this fantastic event, but I would like to mention Paul Webb and Richard Budd.
In the week ahead I’m looking forward to meeting a new cohort of Young Leaders and helping to deliver some regional training to a group of young adult leaders. I hope that you also have a great Scouting week and thank you for everything you do.