2015 has certainly been a busy year
with some significant changes and key amongst these changes has
been the re-launch of the 6 - 18 programme. This is key to
retaining young people in their last 12 months in each section and
I am encouraged by the positive way many Leaders have embraced the
In the summer Cheshire had
representation in three of the 75 units that went to the Jamboree
in Japan. That was 6 patrols of young people and 6 Leaders from
Cheshire taking part in this amazing event. The pictures and videos
from the Jamboree tell their own story clearly they all had a
In July we launced our own magazine
full of local news from around the County. It was published
electronically and a limited print run was posted to a selection of
adult Leaders. The next edition is due out in January.
In October we organised our first
County Charity Race to support "out" in Scouting, aimed at
encouraging more outdoor Scouting. This will be followed by a
County winter camp in January.
All of these "extra" activities
complimented the annual programme of opportunities to show Scouting
at its best with things like Cheshire Hike, supporting Cheshire
Show and Carfest. I also know that many of you have been busy
supporting both District and Group activities.
We have made great progress in
bringing a youth focus to Scouting in Cheshire with the appointment
of a County Youth Commissioner and many Districts have either
appointed their District Youth Commissioner or in the process of
Thank you for your help and support,
together we are making a real difference.
I really hope that you, your family
and friends have a fantastic Christmas and I wish you every success
A very Happy New Year to everybody connected with Cheshire
2014 has certainly been a year to remember for Scouting in
Cheshire with increased membership numbers again and a huge
Chamboree with nearly 5,500 participants over the first
Every week Leaders like you produce inspiring programmes
that encourage young people to achieve great things that can make
all us truly proud.
Thank you for your time, commitment and enthusiasm for
Scouting in Cheshire.
Without adult volunteers Scouting simply would not happen,
so never forget the important role you play in positively affecting
the lives of young people.
I really hope that you, your family and friends have a
fantastic Christmas and I wish you every success for
As Christmas fast approaches I want to thank you for all you do
in Scouting in your District. It has been another year of
achievement in Cheshire starting with a good census result at the
start of the 2013. We have seen record numbers of Chief Scout
Awards in the Scout section (Gold Award) with increased numbers at
both Platinum and Diamond level with encouraging reports from
Districts about the achievement of Bronze and Silver Awards in
Beavers and Cubs. The momentum of DofE Awards and QSA awards has
been maintained so its difficult to reach any other conclusion
other than that the quality of Scouting in Cheshire is as good as
I am a great believer that quality Scouting relies on Leaders,
like you, delivering inspirational programmes each week. So never
under estimate the impact you have on the delivery of Scouting in
your Group, your District and the County.
Next year offers more exciting opportunities including Chamboree
(1st - 9th August) and there will be some significant announcements
in the New Year about both the activity zones and entertainment
programme. All of which are designed to make next years Chamboree
the best ever.
Thank you for everything you do, I want you to know that I
appreciate all the time you give and I wish you and your family all
the very best for the festive season. I have been sharing the link
below with my business contacts and thought I would share it with
you as evidence that there are still some companies delivering nice
surprises. Its just a shame you have to go to Canada for the
SOME XMAS DREAMS DO COME TRUE - FOLLOW THIS LINK!
It all started last weekend when 40+ Explorers came together for
the HOBY weekend of personal development with a focus on helping us
deliver part of Vision 2018 about young people leading the
movement. Nobody left the weekend including staff and visitors
without a warm glow for Scouting in Cheshire and the fantastic
young people we have. We used an outside agency to deliver
the programme and they truly inspired our members. On Sunday we
were joined by Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner who observed
the process our young people went through and he was suitably
impressed. Also joining us were many of our DC's and DESC's who are
now tasked with supporting these young people to achieve the goals
they set themselves, including one who wants to climb
On Monday two DC's (Joanne Turner and Paul Brown) went to
Gilwell for their DC induction day where they report that in a
Q&A session Wayne Bulpitt was asked where in the Country this
"youth involvement stuff" was working - without hesitation he
On Thursday we held a meeting to support the fund raising
efforts of local District teams working to support those going to
the WSJ in Japan. Nearly 70 people attended and the enthusiasm,
initiative, ideas and will to succeed was amazing. They are
determined to have fun doing this vital work and they will become a
force for good in each District so when you get the opportunity to
support them don't hesitate.
This week has seen the launch of an alternative promise to help
make Scouting even more inclusive. For more of Wayne
Bulpitt's thoughts and insights on Scouting for all, check
out his blog for The Huffington Post by clicking here.
Finally during this week we managed to get the information packs
out to the majority of Guide and Scout Groups in Cheshire for
Chamboree 2014. This has gone to section Leaders and should be
arriving any day in the post. You can also view the information on
the Chamboree website www.chamboree.org.uk or by
As I say an amazing week!
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