September is a time when we all look forward to a new Scouting year and often reflect on the past year at AGMs.
Young People First
We had a great County AGM this year with four groups of young people telling us about activities they have been doing, challenges they have faced and reminding us that we are about developing young people. Thanks to Alcester and Henley & Wootton Cubs, 1st Stratford Scouts, 8th Leamington (Dale Street) Scouts and WAGS Gang Show.
At the AGM I presented our plan for the next year based around the National Strategic Objectives of Growth, Inclusion, Youth Shaped and Community Impact. Over this and the next 3 blogs I will set out some thoughts on each subject. This month looking at Growth.
There are lots of young people around the County who want to join Scouts and we don’t always have space for them. Our target is to have 5,500 youth members by 2019. If we could take everyone on our “want to join lists” today we would beat that target. We have already been opening new Groups and Sections around the County to give more space. We have around 40 Sections in the County that have fewer than 12 members – if we increased all of them to 20 then we would have more than 300 extra members. These don’t seem very difficult targets, but to meet them we need more adult leader and supporters. I am looking at ways to support you in how to recruit more leaders, but for now here’s an idea – and like all the best it is simple.
Ask somebody today if they could help – the worst they could do is say no, and they may say yes!
Out and About in September.
As always it is great to see Scouting in Action. I had a good visit to the County Sailing base at Draycott Water and also to Shipston on Stour for “Scouting Rocks” – the rain was not putting them off. I joined 1st Tiddington for their 60th Anniversary and heard about how the group is growing.
There was a trip to Nuneaton Camping and Cooking Competition at the Alfrey Activity Centre where 1st Hartshill were also camping. Lastly to Atherstone for their AGM. Good Scouting happening in all corners of the County.
I plan to write a blog every month – your thoughts on this idea and / or anything that I say would be most welcomed.
Nigel Hailey – County Commissioner