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Happy New Year

Written by Matthew B on 01 January, 2015

Happy New Year to you all!

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone in Norfolk Scouts a very Happy New Year.

I hope that 2015 will be kind in your personal lives and your dedication to Scouting.

New Year’s Day is a good time to highlight some of the activities and challenges which we will face in the coming year. Let us all view 2015 as a new start for our scouting commitment, I want to encourage everyone to approach the year with an enthusiastic, positive attitude ready to face, tackle and achieve the challenges, which I am sure some you will recognise.

Here are a few of key points I would like to highlight:


The countdown has started to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan; please continue to support our young people and leaders that are attending this event. If you plan to go abroad this year remember to submit your paperwork in good time to Maggie Burfield- ACC International.

Adult Training

Early in the year Sandra Gostling will conduct a training audit to better understand everyone’s training needs; there is also a plan to roll out Executive Committee training to provide improved levels of support from Group and District teams.

Go Go Dragons

We are raising Norfolk Scouts’ profile in 2015. Matthew Burrell is working with a partner, Break Charity supporting the Go Go Dragons project. This initiative will not only highlight the achievement and possibilities for young people in Norfolk but also act as a springboard for programme ideas and opportunities to raise the public profile of Scouting across the county.


Network across the UK will change this year. The migration of Network management into District teams will take place as the year progresses. You will hear much from Matt Kitchin in the coming months.

I will now go into a little detail about some projects for 2015.


Quality Community Impact projects must be sustainable and have a positive effect upon our communities. It is encouraging to see so many Scouters accepting the challenge and giving scouting the opportunity to provide positive experiences within their locality.

Compass – Census

We are in the process of uploading youth data onto Compass, and I ask that you complete your uploads by 15 January. Your support will allow us all time to ensure that any corrections and anomalies are resolved. The annual census date remains as 31 January 2015. I appreciate that there have been rumours of a delay this year; alas all such rumours are unfounded.


There are a number of vacancies in County Teams, these will be advertised in early January and include MAPS(Manager Activity Permit Scheme), ACCs in the Programme & Development team and a Media Manager. We also continue to seek people who are willing to join County level committees to support specific projects in 2015 and beyond.

In conclusion,I offer my thanks to all Scouters who continue to open doors and provide activities to young people. I also thank on behalf of Norfolk Scouts all of those people who do not fill a visibly active or front line role in the County. May I say that your work and enthusiasm is key to the success of Scouting across Norfolk.

A Happy New Year to you all, Let us make 2015 a year in which Norfolk Scouts shines!

With my very best wishes



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