County Conference (for DC’s and GSL’s)

Date: 22nd February 2020 Location: Forest Hills Hotel Overton Suite Sections: Adult Volunteer

Amazing Scout Groups (what do they look like?)

Attendees GSL’s, DC’s, DDC’s, County TeamPlease note that GSL’s attending must have the GSL role on Compass. AGSL’s will be put on a waiting list and offered any spare places 7 days before the event. Apologies for this but there are limited places available and priority will be given to GSL’s in the first instance.
Timings 9am Tea/coffee 9:15 am Information Market Place opens10.00 am Conference startsLunch is included4:00pm Finish
Dress Code Casual with Group or District scarf. Please wear your name badge if you have one.

Message from County Commissioner – Graham Phillips

“In my experience Amazing Scout Groups have three core elements; amazing Leaders, amazing programmes and amazing organisation supporting the Group. This conference will aim to explore these three key areas.

Key note speakers will include Andrew Sutherland from Berkshire who is the lead UK volunteer for the new programme planning tool and is now moving onto the digital journey. He is joining us to discuss Amazing Programmes and the role of GSL’s in driving opportunities through the balanced programme. Peter Thorpe from the Regional Development & Growth Service who is travelling from the North East to join us to present a session on “self help growth” to attract both young people and adults. Those attending the conference will receive priority with additional support if required (more about this on the day).

There will also be an Information Market Place with the lead Cheshire volunteers for areas that a GSL may need advice or information from, including Training, international Adventures, Inclusion & Diversity, DofE & QSA, Cheshire Hike, CuBe, Chamboree 2022, Campsites”.


9am Tea/Coffee reception
09:15 Information Market Place opens
10:00 Lift Off – Amazing starts here
10:15 Programme Magic – Guest Speaker: Andrew SutherlandAmazing programmes at every section meeting, every week are the corner stone of amazing Scout Groups. This is your chance to hear how the National Programme Team are working to support the delivery of the balanced programme, how technology is being deployed to support programme delivery and how new ideas are constantly being added to our knowledge bank of programme ideas. He will also explain the critical role GSL’s need to play in delivering our balanced programme.
11:00 Tea/Coffee
11:15 Action Planning for GSL’s to support delivery of amazing programmes.
11:45 Compass & OSM– The GSL role in using them to support Amazing Groups
12:15 Information Market Place opens. Our expert
12:30 Lunch
13:30 The Magic Revealed – how every GSL can access compliance reports for their Group. This is a really important step in having an amazing Scout Group. The magician is Oliver Chambers
14:00 Amazing ways to grow your Group and build your adult support team. The man with the answers is Peter Thorpe and you won’t believe what is available at the press of a few buttons.
14:45 Tea/Coffee
15:00 The Cheshire 100 Challenge. 100 new adult supporters in 4 months and you can have some of them (special offer to GSL’s attending this conference)
15:45 Summary of the day
16:00 AMAZING starts NOW

Forest Hills Hotel Overton Suite

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