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CAN you believe that autumn is nearly over? It’s been a bit mixed weatherwise but on a sunny day the trees are looking pretty amazing on campsites I have visited. One camp in particular stands out: the Deben Link camp was run by …wait for it… Young Leaders! Henry Slim and James Higgins had put the programme together and ran the weekend very well indeed.

Did you enjoy the County AGM last month? The Jamboree Contingent and the Explorer Belt participants put on excellent displays and they were followed by Andrew Waller who gave the audience an entertaining presentation on the happenings of the CMAT members over the summer.

Young people have certainly excelled recently. I was privileged to be invited to 1st Carlton Colville Air Scouts to see and hear their lively presentation on their visit to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where an annual AirVenture show takes place. Lots of Americans flew in to attend the event and there were 10,000 aircraft movements during the week on what sounded like a very narrow runway. Our party were all very confident youngsters who pulled their weight (and pushed some planes). As I’ve said before, our future is in good hands.

A very exciting development - well for me it is - is the appointment of Jane Dickinson, who has taken on the role of DCC for Programmes and Youth involvement. Jane will be looking at the formation of Youth Councils and the appointment of Youth Commissioners. Leigh Foster will become responsible for all activities and Adult Leader support. We are now actively looking for a County Training Manager. This is an exciting, challenging role for anyone seeking to develop new Scouting skills. We are also still looking for sub-camp Leaders for Moot 6 in 2017. It is going to be such a fabulous camp, even bigger and better than the last time. More info will be out soon! These events don’t just happen; you Leaders make them happen and I am truly grateful. You are all truly awesome.

Mission Ebola is still ongoing. Well done to Orwell Cubs for raising £140 and to the 14th Ipswich Scouts for raising £50. I know there are others in the pipeline so there is still time to earn a special woggle.

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that Sue Agar has stepped down as ACC Cubs. Sue has worked hard for the Cub section and there have been lots of County events.

Jacqui Cant the Guide County Commissioner invited me to the opening of the new Guide centre at Stoke Ash. This was the old Village School albeit in the middle of nowhere, well just off the A140. It is a fantastic facility with a main hall, two classrooms and a couple of other smaller rooms and a fully equipped kitchen plus camping areas. To find out more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gilwell Reunion was great fun with lots of Suffolk Leaders attending, although I have to say it was the coldest I have ever known it to be. Talk about extremes!

By the time this issue drops into your mailbox Christmas will almost be upon us so I would like to be the first to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Jenny Mullan
County Commissioner