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Can AGMs be an everyday adventure? Just how do you turn an Annual General Meeting into an everyday adventure? With a little imagination, youth input and by inspiring people across your community. UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt challenges us to think differently

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n my travels around the UK I have seen many examples of successful Annual General Meetings. The best conduct the business quickly and efficiently and then use the opportunity to showcase the adventure of Scouting.

The most successful meetings keep the business brief and feature lots of input from young people highlighting their achievements over the past year and plans for the future.

Focus on achievement

As Scouting’s Everyday Adventure brand becomes ever more recognised and associated with us, we need to keep talking about it and bringing it to life in our planning, activities and promotional work. Don’t forget when planning your weekly and termly programmes to ensure that they are also packed with everyday adventure. Moreover, ensure that your contact with parents and members of your local community at whatever level also reflect this. Let’s use Annual General Meetings to celebrate our great adventures!

For a Group, this is an ideal opportunity for you to engage with parents, perhaps by involving their children in the meeting and by celebrating your activities throughout the year. I would suggest that the more successful recruitment is done discreetly by talking with participants rather than making waspish remarks about lack of volunteers from the top table. This is very embarrassing to sit through and puts people off attending. For Districts, and Counties your target audience should be decision makers and influencers within your community. In addition to the ‘chain gang’ (mayors and dignitaries) why not be a little more creative? Invite along members from other parts of your communities that you wish to influence, including donors and potential donors.

Talking adventure

more info To find out more about bringing everyday adventure to life where you are, visit www.scouts.org.uk/brand

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