Adult awards as a concept may seem counter-intuitive in an association where volunteers seek only to serve the interests of their scout group, the community it is in and the members of it. Yet, an awards system is also arguably a valid and welcome method in which to recognize in a small way, the efforts that adult scouters go to in their spare time, to bring Scouting to the nation’s youth.
It’s an open secret however in Scouting Ireland for some time that the adult awards system is in need of review. It is secretive, unaccountable and the way it is currently calibrated, by and large favours only politically connected (and/or politically savvy) Scout Groups.
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The decision, by the National Council of the Youth Organisation Scouting Ireland to reject in full, the ‘Vision 2020’ proposal, as put forward by the associations National Management Committee at this weekends annual National Council meeting in Cork, suggests a number of things about the current culture of leadership within the Scouting movement in Ireland.
Continue reading What next for Scouting Ireland’s Vision?
The detailed proposals behind Scouting Ireland’s much vaunted ‘Vision 2020’ initiative have been circulated to the association’s membership. They make interesting reading.
Continue reading Blurred Vision?
Scouting Ireland was officially launched ten years ago today, on January 1st 2004.
Continue reading Ten Years On….
Some members of Scouting Ireland may have been surprised to notice that the association is now a ‘faith based movement’, if the strategic plan (presented under the name ‘Vision 2020’) unveiled by a couple of key figures in the senior leadership, is to be believed.
Continue reading A Question of Faith?
Scouting Ireland’s ‘Vision 2020’ document was launched this week, with the usual muted fanfare that this type of thing generates.
The concept is a transformational plan for the Scout movement in Ireland that will outlive (in political terms) many of the current national leadership of the association, thus in theory eliminating the effect that personal agenda’s, grandstanding and interest groups might have on slowing down or disrupting the project.
Continue reading Vision 2020 lacks Vision (but it’s a start)