Annual Report Presentations
I have attended eight Annual Report Presentations (ARP) thus far and the standard is quite high with local and state political representatives having been invited, attending and speaking in glowing terms about Scouting. Most Groups are including their Youth Members in Sectional reports and I think it is just so powerful when Joey Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts talk about what they like doing within their Sections. Some Groups record these comments on video for the ARP and that works well because of the ability to control volume.
Scouts Queensland statistics
We have been doing some work to develop and understand some of our statistics:
- 232 Scout Groups with two more Groups likely in the next couple of months
- 33 Districts with 6 more within Far North and Gold Coast by the calendar year end
- 9600 Youth Members
- 2052 Leaders
- 899 adult members who are not Leaders
- 693 Youth Program Supports
- 750,000 volunteer hours per annum supporting Queensland communities
- Estimated 250,000 people have been a member of Scouting in Qld
Public Supporter camping at Baden Powell Park
This issue has been around for 16 months now but we are very pleased to advise that we have had the first of a number of members of the public pay to become Supporters to enable them to camp at Baden Powell Park. This is bringing much-needed revenue in for the venue which has been operating at a loss.
Baden Powell Park Master Plan
Whilst on the subject of Baden Powell park, we have developed over the past 18 months a Baden Powell Master Plan that identifies some 27 precincts, names them, defines their use and the development over the next 5-10 years. This document has now been discussed with and copies provided to the Moreton Bay Regional Council. I know a couple of other campsites are starting to develop a master plan based on the BP Park template and I would encourage all other Campsite Committees to do likewise.
Strategic Plan 2017-2022
A third strategy with the Strategic Plan is to build a reserve for the redress scheme. I covered the issues in the Chiefs Newsletter 7 March 2019 and the significant change since then is that as an organisation we are now recognised as a participant within the National Redress Scheme. We are still hopeful about extracting some value from the redevelopment of the Queensland Scout Centre and have two arrangements being progressed. We are also progressing arrangements to sell the site of the Indooroopilly Scout Group and relocating them to a purpose build den on a suitable but lower cost within their catchment area.
Daryl G. Scott