2017 has been a great year to be a Scout in Nottinghamshire! We are hugely grateful to you for all you have done during the past 12 months. Thank you!!

Some highlights which spring to mind:

Hundreds of young people and adults performed as the Nottingham Gang Show returned to the stage of the world famous Theatre Royal for an absolute showstopper! Whilst keeping true to the spirit of ‘Gang Show’ the team embraced some new approaches to staging, scenery and technology, which really paid off!

The Notts Scouts Adventure Centre was officially opened at Hoveringham. The vast amount of time, energy and ingenuity given to the project by a relatively small team of volunteers was inspiring. The centre is set to run its full year’s activity programme; enhancing the County’s commitment to supporting section leaders provide adventurous activities.

Improving programme quality continues across the County which is leading to more young people achieving top Scouting awards. It also means that more young people stay in the movement for longer and there are fewer sections operating with less than 12 youth members.

The introduction of the ‘Great Places for Great Scouting’ funding initiative, which aims to invest £100,000 into improving Scout meeting places, has already given almost £40k to Scout Groups in Nottinghamshire.

More adult volunteers being thanked and formally recognised for their hard work, dedication and good service. Please don’t forget that anybody can make a suggestion for somebody to receive an award using our website.

2018 promises to be another exciting and busy year for Scouting in Nottinghamshire. With the NESST challenge walks leading the way later this month.

A refreshed www.notts-scouts.org.uk website will go live in January and will continue to develop throughout the year.

#YouShape month will takeover for the whole of February and will see a range of activities and support for sections. I will also be looking for some young people to ‘wear my necker’ and be the County Commissioner for a day during half term. Jordan and the Youth Commissioner team will be sharing more with you on this shortly.

Our ‘Summit 2018’ Conference is shaping up nicely and will bring the whole County together, with 2 places reserved for every Group in Nottinghamshire. Matt Hyde (Chief Executive of UK Scouting) is one of those who will be joining us as we work together to shape our planning for the next 5 years.

Our next County Commissioner will be introduced, the 60 people selected to represent Nottinghamshire at the 24th World Scout Jamboree will meet for the first time and prepare for the trip of a lifetime, MegaMoot will take place at Walesby in May and will see 5,000 Scouts and Guides take part in some fantastic activities and make new friends. In the summer we’ll be taking part in a very special treasure trail and Walesby will be welcoming the world to Nottinghamshire over the Summer holiday.

Wishing you a truly wonderful 2018 and thanks again for your continued support!

Matt Rooney
County Commissioner