Delegates from right across Somerset attended a day full of presentations, workshops and information stands. Sharing ideas helped us to re-ignite and shape the way forward for Scouting in Somerset.
Our special guest speakers enthused us to renew our commitment to working together as a county – bringing the values of Scouting to even more young people through our quality programme.
Hamish Stout (South West Regional Commissioner) and Kieron Moir (District Commissioner in Essex county & Trustee on the Board of the Scout Association) gave interesting, thought provoking and diverse views on growth of the movement.
We were particularly thrilled to welcome Tim Kidd (UK Chief Commissioner). Tim reflected on the past year nationally and how the movement continues to develop. He discussed a wide range of ways in which the 4 strands of Vision 2018 (Community Impact, Youth Shaped, Inclusivity, Growth) are being addressed and looked forward to the future. Tim also invested our County Commissioner, Elizabeth Henderson into her new role.
Our workshop sessions were very popular and motivating. They included ‘Engaging with parents’ (Stephanie Ovens, Regional Services Team), Younger Leaders in Management (Ashley Russell, Youth Trustee of TSA Board) and ‘Supporting Explorer Young Leaders’ (Pete Sampson, ACC 14-25).
We were supported during the day by a number of organisations, including Macmillan Cancer Care (Community Impact activities), Go Outdoors (the Scout Association’s newest partner) and Online Scout Manager (record keeping and management).
At the end of the day, the County Commissioner, Liz Henderson, spoke about the importance of ‘the county’ meaning all of us, working as a dynamic team. Liz said, “Somerset County has a face, and currently its mine. If you have an idea, an issue, a problem, or a question – let me know. If you want to apply for a county position – let me know. I’m here, I’m available, I always reply and I don’t make promises I can’t keep”.
On our Inspire Somerset page you will find much of the information discussed and available at Inspire Somerset – handouts, documents, resources and web links. Whether or not you were able to join us on the day, please feel free to download and use these materials for your interest and to enhance your Scouting.
The Inspire Somerset team hope that everyone left the event feeling encouraged, enthused and inspired for our continuing adventure.
The future for Somerset Scouting is positive. Our census figures for January 2017 show growth, with almost 4,000 youth members participating, supported by over 1,500 adult volunteers. Sincere thanks to all of them for making a difference, and for positively influencing the lives of so very many young people.
Somerset Scouting… truly life changing adventure.
Elizabeth Henderson – County Commissioner