New UK Commissioner for Programme Appointed
Today is my first as UK Commissioner for Programme and Iím writing to do three things; first, to sincerely thank Alex Minajew who I take over from; second, to introduce myself and third, to update you on a number of positive developments taking place over the coming months and years.
I recently concluded 8 months as Deputy International Commissioner and prior to that, 9 years as a Member of the European Scout Committee with the last six years as its Chair. This involved overseeing the provision of strategic support to 41 National Scout Organisations across Europe, helping many of them with the development and updating of their youth programmes.
Iím driven by a simple motivation to do my best to ensure that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to shape what they do in Scouting and that they have access to attractive and rewarding programmes, enriched with a mixture of challenging, adventurous and international experiences.
Iíve taken on this role at an exciting time. We are putting the finishing touches to a number of updates to the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout and Explorer Scout programmes. We are doing this to ensure the programme remains relevant to young people in Scouting and attractive to those yet to join. These updates will be revealed in January 2015. In addition, after engaging widely, we will be bringing forward proposals to overhaul Scout Network, to make it more compelling for older Explorer Scouts as well as our 19,000 adult volunteers aged 18 to 25 who have no current involvement. It is expected these changes will be announced later this year.
With all of this programme development work, it is clear that we have been busy. During this year, we will move from a period of programme development to a period of programme implementation. This period of implementation will require us to work together to ensure the updates are implemented well. We will then move in to a programme support role, working with you to ensure that the quality of the delivered programme is of the highest quality and that young people themselves are fully engaged in shaping it.
We will be looking for new talent to help us with this exciting implementation and support work. Opportunities to volunteer your expertise will be communicated shortly. There are also some current vacancies in our team which you may like to share with others at scouts.org.uk/volunteervacancies.
From a number of meetings and conversations that I have had in recent weeks, itís clear that we need to be doing more to support people in programme roles, in whatever form they exist locally. I very much recognise that Scouting doesnít happen at UK Headquarters. It happens in villages, towns and cities across the country and should you need our support, please donít hesitate to contact us.
Iím very much looking forward to working with you and hope that we will have an opportunity to meet in the near future. You can reach me via firstname.lastname@example.org,Twitter @cturpie or via the Youth Support Team at Gilwell Park at email@example.com
UK Commissioner for Programme