Happy New Year!
What will 2017 bring to us, looking to the start of 2016 I wonder how many of us would have predicted what would happen – I certainly did not expect to become County Commissioner!
What will 2017 bring – I am not going to try and predict the future.
I would however encourage you to try something new and challenge yourself. Could it be to take a few more off your waiting list into the Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit? Or do something different for camp this year – have a joint one with another Group who may not be able to get away? Add an activity to your usual list, climb a mountain, canoe a river, explore a cave or ……
My challenge is to make sure that I have had contact with every Group in the County by the end of 2017 – that’s 80+ Groups. I am looking for invites!
Continuing my thoughts on our County Plan. This month I am thinking about Community Impact. Right from the start Scouting has included helping other people and the communities that we live in – it is there in our promise and as our founder said (amended to be gender neutral!)
“Scouts is not merely to give you fun and adventure but that, like the backwoodsmen, explorers, and frontiersmen whom you are following, you will be fitting yourself to help your country and to be of service to other people who may be in need of help. That is what the best people are out to do.” ― Robert Baden-Powell, Robert Baden-Powell: Scouting for Boys, The Original
The fourth area of our County plan is to encourage people to make a positive impact in their local, national or international communities.
There are lots of ideas for Scouting to make an impression. For instance the Million Hands initiative working with Dementia, Water Aid, the River and Canal Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind – see more information on the County website http://www.warwickshirescouts.org.uk/activities/a-million-hands/
There are lots of things that you already do locally – I know of a troop that arranges a fireworks party for a local old people’s home, maybe is having a clean-up around your headquarters or raising some funds for a good cause. It does not have to be a huge project to make an impact.
This is a great area to engage with your young people – what concerns them in your community and what would they like to do about it?
Don’t keep it a secret – tell us what you are doing and let’s make a difference in 2017
Nigel Hailey – County Commissioner