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Share your views with the Scouts and Guides

25 January 2013


From the Bishops of Southwell & Nottingham, Truro, Grantham, and Jarrow
Sir, - We write to encourage people in the Churches to take the opportunity to respond to the public consultations being undertaken independently by the Scouts and Girlguiding in the UK.

The Church has deep links with uniformed organisations. Many have come to faith through Scouting, and many have come to Scouting through faith and the link with churches. There is much to be grateful for in all that the Scouts and Girlguiding do as value-based organisations for many thousands of young people throughout our country. The commitment of many of the leaders is an example to many of us.

The consultation by the Scouts - which closes on 31 January - asks significant questions about how Scouting might look in the future as a value-based organisation. The public consultation from Girlguiding UK closes on 3 March.

A briefing paper, "Keeping the Promise", available on the Church of England website, provides further helpful detail on the consultations.

We urge Guides, Scouts, and their leaders and parents to respond to this important consultation to demonstrate the support, collaboration, and goodwill of the church communities in our partnership with the Scouts and Girlguiding.

Paul Southwell and Nottingham, Timothy Truro, Timothy Grantham, Mark Jarrow
c/o Bishop's Manor
Southwell NG25 0JR

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