Each year we get the Council Service Team (CST) together to discuss, update and launch the Council business plan which describes the Council’s key activities and plans tied to the National 5 Priorities. This year we met in Calgary with around 40 Scouters that represent your Council leadership team “The Council”. This includes the Council Key 3 (Commissioner, Youth Commissioner and Executive Director), the Area Support Managers (ASMs), the wider Council Leadership Team (CLT), Deputy Council Commissioners (DCCs) and the Area Commissioners (ACs). As the largest council in the country our Council team is also large – with almost 50 leaders that represent you on a daily basis.
The key highlights of the 2016/17 plan are as follows:
- Continue to grow our Scouting base – we now have almost 8000 youth. Membership growth will be more focussed in 2016/17 to enable the maximum impact for our communities. The aim is to exceed 8500 youth and continue on our journey to 10,000. Safety and Readiness to Serve will, as always, be a key focus.
- Scouter development will be a key theme – With the launch of the new Scouter Training online refocussed on Canadian Path and a major overhaul that will change out all of the old courses into a more dynamic and value add experience – on a new robust IT platform. We will enhance this with face-to-face training at Area-based Indabas. The plan is for 10 such indabas in 2016/17 – watch this space for more info. Request one from your AC!
- Youth Network to go from strength to strength – Alex, our dynamic CYC, has enlisted 27 folks to date on the youth network – but the plan is to grow to over 100. There are exciting plans for youth events, youth training, youth spokesperson opportunities, lead Good Turn Week activities, volunteer at camp, revitalise the Council Youth Awards, get more youth in Key 3 roles and expand FAST, FLEX and FOCUS.
- Canadian Path takes another step forward – more training at Indabas, supporting the online WB1 deployment, more in person Canadian Path sessions. In addition, September 2016 will see the new maps (the new youth program books), Scouter manuals, and much more.
- Camp Impeesa, Events and Senator Buchanan – We celebrated a 300% increase in Impeesa utilization this year – with almost 200 kids going to summer camp and many groups using the camp in their sections. We have the zipline and high ropes challenges being installed as we speak. Watch the website for more details. We had a very successful Senator Buchanan course in February but want to double that in 2017. Plan your attendance now. More events will be moving to Impeesa in 2017 – this really will be the Premier Adventure Location in Alberta.
In addition, the key messages from the 1-day workshop were:
- We, the CST, are collectively “The Council” – we are part of one team that wins and loses together. We work to make each other successful and work hard to enable the Scouting Vision and Mission.
- As the Service Team and Area teams our primary role is to enable the groups and GCs to be successful through support, helping them understand their roles and leading through the 5 Priorities [Safety, Membership Growth, Scouter Support, Youth Leadership and Group Capacity]
- We each committed to share the materials and in our own meetings and cascade the key messages and highlights of the plans that are pertinent to the groups. Ask your AC, AYC or ASM to share in your next area meeting.
- We will work together – ask for help in our enlarged network – support each other on our journey of the 5 priorities
- The CK3 and CLT will take on the feedback from the reflection sessions as well the comments to support / improve the plan and will incorporate wherever possible.
If you wish to know more or get a copy of the plan – email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you all an amazing summer of Scouting. See you at Impeesa.