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Planning for the future - have your say

15th March 2016

The following is being sent by email from Kevin O'Gorman to everyone across Clyde Region today.

Hopefully this email is going to all adult volunteers and members of Scout Network across the Region as well as the information appearing on our social media channels.

I am pleased to be able to let you know that we have now updated our Strategic Plan to 2021 which you can read here.

The plan is a very short document, 1 page of strategy and 3 pages of measures; 5 minutes to read maximum. A lot will change in five years of the plan, today’s Cubs will be Explorers and the Explorers will leaders or in Network; it important we get the foundation right.

How does the Region affect what happens in my Scout Troop on Wednesday evening?

This document is designed so that region will do more in the areas that will help you deliver your programme. Already, the Glasgow Scout shop supplies badges, uniforms and programme materials; Auchengillan, provides 3 residential building, 120 acres of campsite, nearly 40 activities at up to 60% discount to Clyde Groups; the Office gives support for training courses, Scouting growth, overseas expeditions, media, safeguarding, and a wide range of governance matters to help make compliance with rules easier for your volunteering experience.

It really is time to ask not what you can do for your region, but what your region can do for you! Yes, I did get that the right way round.Please take 5 minutes to read and send me your thoughts or suggestions

How can I comment?

Please use or post on FB with comments by Sunday 20th March; the Executive Committee meets on Wednesday, 23rd March to discuss the final draft. After that Marion and I will be in touch to share the final version with you and the short term plans. These are tight deadlines, as strategies often fail through over discussion before they get implemented.

Where did the plan come from?

It came from a series of meetings and a workshop with over 60 people attending from all across the region. The day was run by Professor Robert MacIntosh who has delivered strategy development programmes for a range of public and private sector organizations including a number of FTSE-listed firms.

Are we big enough to need a plan?

Yes, we have more than 7,000 youth members, 1,400 adult volunteers, 17 paid staff, and a turnover of approx. £1.7 million pounds (just the region – not counting groups and districts).This year alone saw trading in the Scout Shop’s exceed £1million (85% on line), and Auchengillan £400,000 (90% non-Scouting).

I am a young leader does it matter what I think?

Yes, it matters loads! You are the leaders of the future, it is in your interests to make sure we all get this right and don’t leave a mess for you to sort out.Things do have long term consequences, for example, the tree project at Auchengillan is establishing woodlands for the next 100 years at least.

Author: Gary Bainbridge


Thanks Penny, my hope is that we can actually take some pressure off volunteers running sections on a week by week basis, either by making more resources available, or making things slightly cheaper to use...

Kevin (Clyde Chair) - 15th March 2016 at 11:16pm

Evening Rebecca, thank you for taking the time to comment. Clyde is a big region and there are a lot of people there to help make these things happen. We already have 17 staff from Auchengillan, the Glasgow Scout Shop, and the Regional Office in Elmbank Street. We also have a team of regional volunteers who are there to help leaders run their sections. This short document is designed to make sure we are all focusing our efforts in the same direction. Page 1 is the strategy where pages 2 to 4 give you an idea of how we are going to do it. Hope that helps. K

Kevin (Clyde Chair) - 15th March 2016 at 11:14pm

I am a Young Leader/Explorer in the Clyde Region. I think all these things that you want to achieve are fantastic and would improve the scouting community experience in the Clyde Region immensly. However, what I want to know, is how you plan to achieve this. It is all well and good to say you want to achieve these things, but what will be done/change to make them happen?

Rebecca Smith - 15th March 2016 at 11:06pm

Plans sound good but we need to make sure that we don't make too many demands on volunteers time-wise. More international liaison with groups in other countries would be fantastic and if you need any help in this regard I would be happy to take part. I am sure that by sharing our resources and having some form of international exchange program we could offer our young people some great opportunities at a reasonable cost. The idea of focusing on outdoor and adventurous activities is also good, although personally our group is lucky enough to already do this, but it is a great goal for those who may not be so lucky.

Penny Dillon - 15th March 2016 at 8:59pm

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