Lekgotla, thank you

Dear Scouters, Rovers, Commissioners, National Teams and Administrative Members

I would firstly like to thank the membership for their incredible support and input at Lekgotla 2017.  For so many of you to have made the trip to Kimberley, and then to provide the useful input and sharing is nothing short of amazing.

At Exco, we have spent the past few weeks collating all the information and putting it into a coherent way forward. Soon, we will share the input with all our members.  In the meantime, here is a summary of the take home messages that were agreed with the delegates in the final session.

  • Revit has been implemented and positive results are being seen with good growth, consistent branding, and support material in place for the Regions and Groups;
  • The strategy that has been developed and implemented is robust, but some areas of new focus were suggested by the Lekgotla;
  • Groups now need to implement action plans to deliver exciting Scouting in line with the strategic intents;
  • The proposed improvements to the Constitution were supported by the Groups
  • The Scouts.Digital database was launched and is being rolled out in phased to the Regions;
  • The Entsha programme has been finalised and will be launched early 2018;
  • Finance status: the membership is not funding SSA’s basic running costs, we must agree on a clear fee policy as well as build donor networks;
  • New Board announced, new Chief Scout  Brendon Hausberger inaugurated and Sibisiso Vilane thanked for his service to the members

All of the presentations and material presented at the Lekgotla can be accessed and downloaded at the following address:  https://www.scouts.org.za/members/lekgotla-2017/

We promised you a Movement that was yours and that would listen to your input. The democratic process for the selection of the Board and the holding of the Lekgotla were among the first concrete steps to realise that promise.

Due to the massive diversity of our membership, with our limited resources, we will never be able to always please and fully meet everyone’s needs.  But that same diversity is one of our greatest strengths, if we harness it and understand the differences in the Regions and the needs that we all have.

This knowledge and the sharing that began at the Lekgotla will allow us to build a stronger, more robust and sustainable Movement, which should allow us to be a positive influence in the lives of even more young people.

We have made a beginning. Where we go from here is dependent on how we work as a team and as a patrol.

I look forward to implementing what we have heard and discussed.

Yours in Scouting,

Chief Scout