Camp – March 2015
a rather cold and muddy weekend in March FLAGS Members arrived at Rough Close
campsite, near Coventry, for their annual camp.
There were some familiar faces, and some totally new- but all were
welcome. The Friday night started with a
rather emotional film ‘The Pride’. Cue
many status updates/tweets about the funniest quotes from the film. The next morning Jack ran some fantastic
water-related games where we found out that we are not the most co-ordinated
bunch with passing water balloons in opposite directions around a circle being
completely beyond some members. The rest
of the day consisted of some programme ideas as to how we could better support
the members of the movement, some climbing and archery, and a visit from the
Specialist Advisors for Inclusion and Diversity who shared the work they are
currently doing. Sunday was a workshop
on the Stonewall Role Models programme and our own personal role models. All too soon it was time to leave, with
thoughts already turning to the camp next year.
camp we conducted a survey:
What you thought about it?
You thought that FLAGS camp should be an
opportunity to meet with friends old and new, to link with our members; and if
new to FLAGS find out more about us.
What we have learnt?
We’ve learnt that you want more activities,
more opportunities to socialise and generally less powerpoints! In short- more fun, activity and adventure!
Some of what we’ve done with your
feedback (we haven’t quite had time to address all your points yet)?
Programme Ideas and Suggestions
Diversity wordsearch already piloted at Big
Camp in Yorkshire
Further ideas to be piloted at Gilwell 24
Looking in conjunction at HQ with developing
programme ideas for member resources online
Engagement with CCs/RCs
Contacting HQ to see if we can attend any
Regional Commissioner days- how we can engage at this level to increase our
Make it easier to contact each other
Membership renewal this year has asked you if
you are happy to be part of FLAGS membership database and have that information
shared amongst members
Socials need to have a local focus
We have put into place a plan to have socials
in Leeds, London, Bristol and Birmingham September- November of this year. If you want input into the organisation
committee get in touch. If you want to
organise a local social to you- let us know if you need support. An Isle of Man social was recently very
Attend events as ‘staff members’ and not just running
stalls/promoting our activities
We will be attending Wintercamp 2016 in this
capacity, and there could also be a potential for Essex Jamboree involvement.
The outcomes for monthly HQ and SAID calls should be shared
See Mike’s latest blog…
Pride Engagement- You asked for…
Growing visibility at London Pride
- We’re working with the Youth Commissioners,
and the County Commissioners in London to help raise the profile of London
Pride and encourage more adults and young people to get involved. We have also
added a FaceBook Group to encourage people to network ahead of the event.
Feedback on Pride Success
We have developed the Event Evaluation Form –
which will be used for all events to capture this information.
Use Explorers and Scout Network to boost attendance
Plans to increase YP attendance at London
this year- and build upon what was started last year.
More transparency regarding membership
Once membership renewal has occurred we can
give a breakdown as to how many members we now have. We are using our event management system
Constant Contact to record who attends which events so we will have much better
data on engagement of our members
FLAGS Camp 2016
We’ve already started thinking about camp
next year, and how we make it better. We
are looking at indoor accommodation and a site that provides more activities.