How often do we say “Welcome to membership of the world wide family of Scouting “when we invest somebody and present them with their purple membership badge. I wonder if we stop and think what that really means. This summer we are seeing lots of examples of Global Scouting in operation.
I am writing this having just had dinner with Scouts from Papua New Guinea, Bermuda, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, St Kitts & Nevis and Gibraltar. We are sharing together our experiences and cultures at the World Scout Jamboree. The adventure varies for us, I have been fortunate to travel lots around the world, but for Samuel from PNG this is his first trip out of his home province, he had not been to his own capital city let alone travel half way around the world on 4 plane journeys. What an eye opener for him and his colleagues, and for us to understand a bit about the country he lives in.
We also have Scouts in The Netherlands at the Haarlem Jamborette, exploring the US and visiting the WSJ and closer at home at the Charnwood Jamboree. I am sure that there are more international adventures around the County.
There are ways in which we can join in meeting Scouts around the world without leaving our HQ. We now have technology like Skype that allows us to connect. In October there is Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). All great ways to make new friends.
I must close off now as my Friend Fernando from Belize has dropped by, I first met him in London in 2012 at the Commonwealth Scout Youth Forum. Always good to catch up face to face rather than by facebook!
Why not add something into your Autumn programme