Everyone thinks that the first Scout camp was held on Brownsea Island. (Well, those that think about Scouting at all, I guess, think that.) But the first uniformed Scout Camp was actually held in Humshaugh in Northumberland a year later – and the Scout County is understandably very proud of the fact.
It was a real pleasure therefore to be able to join a full house last night at their County AGM, celebrating 100 years of Scouting in the area. Although I was guest speaker, and I think went down fairly well, the really interesting part of the evening was a presentation by a group of Explorer Scouts who had spent their summer in Uganda, mixing community work with expeditions and adventurous pursuits. The young people had clearly had the most brilliant time and were superb ambassadors for their County and Scouting in general. And, of course, their photographs took me back to my travels in that wonderful country.
My old friend, Gwyn, is the new County Commissioner. If last night’s event is anything to go by, she has inherited an exceptional County to lead through the next few years of Scouting history.