Sent to all leaders/assistants etc in Hemel Hempstead district.

Unfortunately I have taken the decision to cancel this event, scheduled for 23rd April.

After many hours trying to pull this event together with the help of an external company and Guinness World Records by Andy and myself (and involved with previous years), continued criticism of efforts to modernise our Promise event over the last few years from a small minority have taken their toll.

I have decided that our time and effort would be much better spent supporting our day-to-day activities than focusing on one event, which has been the subject of much discussion over the last few years.

Last year, over 600 members of the district renewed their Promise together at The XC – a huge increase on any year in the last decade but it’s still only 50% of our total membership – whatever the event, on whatever day, some people won’t be able to make it.

As renewing the Promise is the end-goal (the event is just a means to an end), I am encouraging sections/groups to hold their own Promise Renewals locally between Saturday 18th and Sunday 26th April. By all means, sections/groups can meet up together if you wish!

Programme ideas relating to the Promise and St. George’s Day will be circulated in the next week or so for leaders to consider building into your programmes that week.

Please let the youth members in your section know and return any money already collected to them.

For those of you who were looking forward to the event, I’m sorry if this is a disappointment but I hope you’ll understand the demotivating effect of continued criticism!

Onwards and upwards though – I’ve got some FANTASTIC Scouting news to share with you all TOMORROW!

Russ

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