Well, that was a rather crazy week, I think the fundamentals of becoming a puffin ninja master have been learned but I will never cope with the feeding. An I am not sure I will get over being greeted every morning with this sight.
Believe you and me it is a terrifying sight to wake up to particularly when accompanied by the sound track to this motivational video “I AM A CHAMPION” and no matter how hard you train they just keep force feeding you sand eels very unsettling.
However I am back better, stronger, wiser and smelling more of fish.
I do have a deep unsettling feeling that like in the film Zoolander the CilBen Collective have implanted a trigger word and if said will set off a chain of events that only the Great Puffin Master can explain but we shall see I guess.
Getting back to what passes for normal service, I want to ask you about youth participation and youth engagement.
You may be aware that the fundamentals of scouting have undergone a review and that we will soon be seeing the output of this review.
During the course of 2010 we held a consultation exercise which asked Members to share their thoughts on the Fundamentals and whether it was appropriate to make any revisions. We held an online survey and received a great deal of feedback. The results of this exercise are due to be shared in October 2012 so please check Scouting Magazine then.
I expect that the new fundamentals will aim to focus us on the empowerment of young people to lead the movement forward.
However, in making a move to empower people we have to understand our start point. I am therefore wondering if you were to think of youth participation in the organisation and running of scouting at whatever level you support (cubs, scouts, explorers, district, county/Area) and were then asked to score yourself from one to eight as how you felt youth participation and engagement adopted. Where would you score your group/unit/troop/district etc?
Let me know in the comments?