I moved of Friday from Broadway to Burford to be nearer (20 miles) to the Ramblers General Council (national AGM) being held this weekend at Keeble College, Oxford.
The new caravan site is packed in the run up to Easter and is overrun with kids – damn them! General Council wasn’t a lively as last year, but nonetheless, there was an interesting range of motions up for debate which will ultimately influence future RA policy. We had a most interesting presentation from the CEO of the Scouts who had undergone a fall in membership throughout the 1990’s but they had a complete re-think about there organisation in order to make it more relevant to today’s youngsters and their parents/volunteers. This has arrested the decline and they have grown their membership numbers in each of the last 3 years. I think that the RA has some lessons to learn, particularly the need to appear relevant to our target membership.