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Another Great Cubboree

24 June 2018

It's been a really busy few weeks with the county development conference at the start of the month (2nd June) and a County Commissioner's meeting in London the following weekend. All that, plus a lot of unexpected operational issues meant that I've not blogged for a while. I recorded a few video blogs, I just didn't get time to post them, so here's a 'catch up' of the last few weeks.

A good few weekends ago I had a 'running around' day, dropping off awards around the county, but found time to pop into 5th Birtley HQ in Gateshead district. The Group has suffered a spate of break-ins over the last couple of years but in true scouting spirit are not only getting back to where they were, but are making improvements to their building. The leaders at 5th Birtley are great scouters, always helping out at district and county events and the least I could do was pop in and use a paint brush for a few hours.

The weekend after the county development conference I was down in London for a County Commissioner's meeting, which really helped to pull together the outputs from the county development day and the new national "Skills for Life" strategy.

As a result of that we've now got a good draft of the county development / action plan which also incorporates all the priority actions that you told us you want us to focus on and the plan is currently being reviewed by DCs and their teams. I really hope that every group and district will update their own development plans to incorporate the strategic objectives of "Skills for Life" (which are still Growth, Youthshape, Diversity and Community Impact) as well as your own local priorities.

Finally, this last weekend has been Cubboree, which is where I'm typing this, taking a quiet moment before activities start. In this final video there's also the added bonus feature of me walking backwards, tripping and falling flat on my backside!

All of our volunteers - whether members of the county events, activities, media or first aid teams or our cub scout leaders - have worked really hard to deliver our biggest Cubboree ever. It was great to have UK Deputy Chief Commissioner Mark Tarry join us and meet so many of our volunteers and cub scouts.

Weekends like this are really hard work but I always leave feeling inspired and recharged by what our volunteers are helping our young people to achieve. Scouting may no longer be quite the game that Baden-Powell described, but it's still a great thing to be involved in.

As I said at the county development conference, I really am privileged to be County Commissioner of Durham Scouts, and feel blessed to work alongside so many wonderful people. Thank you all once again for everything you all do.

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