Its over nine months to go to the next meeting of Scouting Ireland’s National Council, yet attention is already turning to who will be seeking election at that meeting, scheduled to take place in Dublin’s RDS.
A full 50% of the associations National Management Committee are due to retire. Focus is now shifting to who might take their place.
Continue reading The Campaign Trail
Scouting Ireland have announced the establishment of a National Management Committee sponsored ‘Governance Committee’, charged with putting together robust governance structures for the association.
This is a welcome development.
Continue reading Scouting Ireland and Governance
The amiable and popular Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association in the United Kingdom recently highlighted on his blog (link below) the 5% of his time spent dealing with adult related disputes.
Wayne Bulpitt’s demeanor and approach to such disputes is clearly impressive, given many scouters in Ireland involved in managing such disputes might apportion a higher percentage of their time to such pursuits.
Continue reading Do Scouters need a union?
The irish scouter is aware of a ‘Safety Statement’ the result of what has presumably been an exhaustive analysis of the topic of Health & Safety, risk assessment and associated subject matter. It explores and seeks to place a framework around the role of Health & Safety in the context of Scouting, in particular in the context of local Scouting in the community. It runs to more than 30 pages, a weighty tome but nonetheless has, it is understood, been approved for onward circulation to the membership.
Continue reading Unhealthy Obsession?
Scouting Ireland has announced the creation of a ‘Recruitment & Retention’ focus group, in order to better understand the reasons for membership turnover. The composition of this group and the outcome of their deliberations will be interesting, although the former will most likely influence the latter rather heavily.
Continue reading Recruitment & Retention
Dublin. Capital City of Ireland. A vital hub, politically, logistically, academically, socially. A hotbed of best-practice and, in keeping with major cities everywhere, a liberal bell-weather full of the latest thinking and fresh ideas that regularly challenge the status quo.
Dublin is a city that is full of top-class scout groups. Some of the countries oldest groups are here, as are some of the youngest. The city boasts groups with amazing scout skills, worthy contenders at any Phoenix Competition. It is the home to the Scout Show and supplies a good deal of the talent that enters. It has scout groups that are less handy with knots, but are leadership incubators to rival the best business schools.
Continue reading Dublin. At a Crossroads…
The QSE (Quality Scout Experience) concept unveiled at National Council 2014 has begun a series of pilot projects around the country from about now. At its core, QSE looks like it’s a way for groups to identify what they do that works and perhaps more importantly, what they currently do that doesn’t work (or might benefit from some improvements).
Continue reading Quality. In Quantity?