Hello everyone and welcome to February,

I am sorry no message came from me In January I had technical issues with my laptop which had to go to Currys for a reset!

I was lucky enough to present two Queen’s Scout awards to Moza Ackroyd and Hannah Gale who have recently left Nelson ESU at Ryde.

An important 2019 date change has already occurred. Isle Shape will now be combined with the Leaders Skill Camp at Corf over the weekend of March 30th and 31st. I know it’s Mother’s Day on that Sunday but two Mums chose the date! More details will follow on how to book your place. It will be a weekend where you can drop in and out to ensure we see as many of you as possible.

A change too on the training team. Sam Blake is our Interim County Training Manager. There are lots of opportunities to keep your training up to date. Don’t forget everyone should have completed the GDPR module now, that includes Exec members. I met with many of our managers, along with members from Hampshire and Buckinghamshire in Shanklin recently. It was great to hear what had been learned and how everyone was supporting each other.

The next day I was out at Corf helping the small team take down some more trees. We would love to see more of you on 17th February between 10:00 and 15:00. There will be some machinery there to pull out large roots and trunks so there will be lots of moving, pruning and “cutting down” going on. Some more Explorers and Scouts have already pledged to help plus I have one Beaver from Gurnard coming out to complete his Bronze award!

Our calendar is already busy offering lots of adventure to our members. A |Cub and Beaver hike on the 9th February, planning for County Scout Camp on the same day at Godshill and the Skills for Life event for Explorers and Network across the same weekend. If you are planning to camp out at Corf make sure you have booked. We had a bumper year of bookings in 2018 and more mainland groups are coming over so don’t miss out to the overners!

Our SASU is also actively supporting the many events. I have always wanted a County SASU First Aid team to start up which could be in the background of our adventures. If you would be interested, please contact Linda Knight or Graham Walmsley.

The County team said goodbye to Victoria who was planning to step down as Island Youth Commissioner as her time was up but she only went and became Deputy UK Youth Commissioner! I am now on the lookout for a new team to lead on the Youth Commissioner role so if you are 18-24 and have some ideas please get in touch or speak to me on the 10th February at 5th Ryde or at the Leaders skills Camp.

I am still working on the idea to become One Island, more news in March.

Happy Scouting,

Island Commissioner.

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