Saturday, 4 July 2009

What's it all about?

A good question.

I recently attended the annual general meeting of my sons local Scout Group – He is a Cub who went up from Beavers about six months ago. Previously I have helped the group on an ad hoc basis and indeed served as a representative for the Beaver section on the groups executive committee. An appointment which naturally ceased when our son moved up.

Anyway what made this meeting slightly more memorably from my point of view was being approached to become the Group Chairman. This seems to be a job within the group that possibly requires a little more attention than turning up once a quarter to help tidy the grounds around the Scout Hut. So I did a little research and ended up embroiled in the rules of the Scouting movement and the rules governing charitable organisations. Neither the easiest of reads.

I also asked our District Commissioner and several others for guidance on several issues. And indeed they were terribly helpful but it occurred to me that it would be helpful to have a source of ongoing support and help that was independent of the Group and District.

And that’s where the idea for this blog came from. I reasoned that it might be a good idea to have a place where anyone in the situation I (gladly) found myself in could exchange ideas and thoughts. Chairmen, Exec Members, Adult Helpers and even the odd uniformed member from time to time. A place to share innovative fund raising ideas and other management issues that would benefit everyone involved.

Having authored several blogs before this seemed like a natural medium to me. So I though I would create a blog and see if it generated any interest.

Which of course it probably won’t.

But just supposing – well one has to be prepared doesn’t one?

Any thoughts or suggestions on the project would be appreciated. Also if any other Scouters or supporters have their own blogs please let me know and I will open this site up for them to be co authors also.

I don’t want this to be my site or my project (it may go down like a wet tinder box anyway) but it may be of use.

Please do let me know your thoughts.



  1. I look forward to reading about what you get up to. It's unusual to read about a Group Chairman.

  2. Hi Nick,

    Thanks for the visit / comment.

    That was part of the reason for the blog. Also because I will hopefully get some advice from people who know what they are doing :-)

  3. Welcome to the Scouting blogosphere, Grendel!

  4. Thanks Chris,

    Makes a change from my previous blogging incarnations (as you know) and hopefully will be a bit more useful too!