There is some truly tremendous work going on in the region. I was privileged to have sight of some superb new programme material that will help young people understand malaria and how to prevent it; the really excellent materials being produced for the Scouts of Zimbabwe (which now needs funding to get it printed); the preparations for the World Scout Moot to be hosted in Kenya in 2010; a desire to work in co-operation across the region to help the development of young people; and, of course, the ways in which the region can contribute to Scouting’s mission worldwide.
On the day after the summit, before travelling home and to a busy week at work, I was able to make a visit to Nyeri and to visit the grave of Baden-Powell. I also visited Paxtu, at the Treetops Hotel, where he retired and spent the last few years of his life. I had not realised that Paxtu was, in fact, just a couple of guest rooms in an annexe of the hotel, donated to him by the man who built the complex.
A tremendous opportunity… even if I wish I had been able to spend longer than just four days in Kenya.