At our Group’s Leader meeting the other night, I put on the agenda that each of the Section Leaders were to report how things were going in their own section.
However, before they spoke, I decided to go first. I had realised what a good position the Group is in and how we had improved from the state we were in 4 years ago.
At this time in 2005, I’d just had the sad task of closing the Scout Troop due to lack of Leaders, we had only one official Cub Leader and no assistants and no Beaver Leader, just an Assistant Beaver Leader. Numbers were down and the Group looked rather unhealthy to say the least! We did in fact wonder if whether or not we’d be able to keep going or even if we’d reach our 100th birthday.
Fast forward four years and we have the three sections, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, the right number number of Leaders (although a few more wouldn’t be a problem!), the Executive nearly has a fully compliment and each of the sections are either full or nearly full.
A lot of the success is down to the programme provided in the section and the section Leaders. A lot of people might suggest that if a Group was in a situation as we were, that replacing all the Leaders for new ones would be the answer. In our case it wasn’t. Extra Leaders was the answer. Enough to provide a varied and interesting programme is essential. As well as the good planning, the good programme and enough Leaders, you do need a certain amount of luck!
Numbers in a Group do go up and down at times, but I guess a good Group will always be successful!