County AGM Report – 2018

The County AGM was held at the Drill Hall on the 14th September. The evening opened with light refreshments and a chance for attendees to meet some of the County’s SASU units, finding out how they support the wide range of activities that happen across the county on a weekly basis.

Extracts from the Annual Report:

I was privileged to work as the Chairman of West Sussex Scouts for 5 years and was enormously proud, to be appointed as your President in September 2017. I have the great pleasure, in this role, of acknowledging not only the many and varied achievements of our young people, but also of appreciating and giving thanks for the great number of adults who make this possible.

Our Leaders contribute a vast amount of time, care and skill in support of the Scouting Community of West Sussex, but there are others who do not wear the uniform, but who also make a difference.

Colin Field
County President

I am delighted that Scouting in West Sussex has grown for the eighth consecutive year and we have just under 10,000 youth members supported by 3,500 volunteer leaders. Robert Sawyer has had an exceptionally busy first year as County Commissioner and he and the County Management Team together with Mark Guy, our recruitment and development officer, and indeed all the Leaders are to be congratulated for their hard work and commitment, giving our members the best quality scouting opportunities we can provide.

Rachel Hammond
County Chairman

It has been another amazing year of Scouting within West Sussex in 2017/18. We have more adults supporting Scouting which means that more young people can take part in Scouting across the County. This is our 15th continuous year of membership growth with more new sections opening across the County and a new Group in Bognor District.

During last August we held the 10th West Sussex International Scout and Guide Camp (WS2017) at Ardingly Show Ground. This was an amazing event for the young people to attend. In 2017/18 more young people are achieving their Chief Scout’s Awards and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We continue to support international trips for young people and leaders which enable young people and adults to develop new friendships, experiences and to widen their knowledge of the world through scouting. We are proud to be able to continue to support young people in the Integrated Prevention and Earliest

Help Service in partnership with West Sussex County Council. Looking forward to the next five years our aim is to give the young people Skills for Life by supporting Scout Leaders within West Sussex with programme support, leader training with a focus on practical skills training.

West Sussex Scouts has a lot to be proud of with the Young People that take part in scouting each week throughout West Sussex. Hopefully this review will give you a brief snapshot of the County’s achievements this year.

Robert Sawyer
County Commissioner

At the end of the evening Matthew Pike (DCC Programme) presented the following awards:

Balanced programme awards

A&L –  Clare Frostick and Laura Stoddart – 5thLittlehampton Sea Scout Group
Bognor – Elizabeth Bilham – 2nd Bognor
Chichester – John Gillespie – Noviomagus Explorer Unit
Crawley – Denise Kilpatrick – ESLYL Crawley
East Grinstead – Heather Furminger – ADC Cubs
Mid Sussex – 10th Haywards heath scouts – Ben Dale, Charlotte Polhill, Elinor Newson, Isobel Webster, Michael Plank, Scott James

Biggest Growth in Beavers – 2nd Southwick Beavers
Biggest Growth in Cubs – 1st Henfield Cubs
Biggest Growth in Scouts – 1st South Berstead Air Scouts
Biggest Growth in Explorers – Paladin Explorers- Horsham district
Biggest Growth as a Group – 1st Henfield
Biggest Growth as a District – Worthing
Youth shaped scouting award – Chichester District

A full copy of the Annual Report and Financial Report available below: