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Christmas Message from the CC

Message from the County Commissioner

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 revised programme.


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 fantastic time.

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 recruiting one.

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 for 2016.


A New Year's Message

A very Happy New Year to everybody connected with Cheshire Scouting,

My wish for 2015 is that we all enjoy the contribution we make to Scouting during the coming 12 months, that we never lose sight of the impact we can have on young peoples lives and that we remember everybody has a contribution to make, no matter how large or small the contribution is.
Happy New Year

2014 - A reflection

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 weekend.

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 2015.

Happy Christmas

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 ever.

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 experience!


Happy Christmas!

Amazing Week for Cheshire

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 Everest!

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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 replied CHESHIRE.

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 or by clicking here.

As I say an amazing week!

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