A reflection on 2020

Who could have ever imagined what this year had instore for us? As Scouts we have courage in all difficulties and there is never a truer word spoken.

As we approach the end of any year it is usually a time that we take stock of what has happened over the last 12 months, reflect on what has been and what is yet to come. I think it would be fair to say that for most of us we will do this more this year than perhaps we have before.

The phrase unprecedented time, we have heard all too often with restrictions here, guidelines there and the never ending rollercoaster of emotions that go with it.

Some of us may have lost jobs, friends or even family members to this horrible virus and this has to make us stop and think.

Think about what actually is important to us. For me it will be all the little things that will now matter the most. To treasure each moment and live for today. Never be afraid to share your emotions and it’s ok not to be ok.

Scouting is a family and that family I have seen pull together like nothing before. Leaders have adapted and overcome the challenge of not being able to meet face to face and I am in awe of what you have done to continue to provide the engaging programmes and activities to our young people.

I know the world of Zoom hasn’t been everyone’s cup of tea and that is OK, but you have still been there ready to support our young people through this time and doing what you can. We cannot ask for anymore.

Both our adult leaders and young people have shown the upmost resilience to keep going through all that has been thrown our way! And I don’t just mean completing the risk assessments!!

Joking aside we are blessed to have such dedicated volunteers and I am proud to work with each and every one of you. As the doors on 2020 close we may be apprehensive and being honest none of us know what exactly 2021 has in store. The start of year may see more challenging times but I know that we will come through it stronger.

I truly believe that Scouts is needed more than it ever has been. The young people are immensely grateful for all that you do that is what drives us to make it happen!

Here’s to many more of those 2 hours a week in 2021 when we will be back stronger than before.

Yours in Scouting,

Matt Hornby | Deputy District Commissioner

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