Dave Landreth – Gone Home

Our dear friend and Scouting colleague, Dave Landreth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 8th April.  He was a very popular member of Scouting and was an example to us all. Ian Carnell, Deputy County Commissioner, reflects here on Dave’s 40+ years of Scouting and his valued contributions at Group, District and County level.

Dave had always been an active member of Group, District and County, and his commitment to Scouting in all those areas was consistently of an extremely high standard.  He was a District Chairman for many years and his recommendations were always respected by the leadership team.  He gave good counsel and thought to many problems and ensuing difficulties and his judgement was always of the highest quality and fair.  He had the gift of clear and rational thinking in all his deliberations, and his advice was always well received.

After stepping down as District Chair he remained on the Executive and took on the role of Treasurer for a short while.  He became Scrutineer for the District Badge Secretary and remained in this post until his passing.

Dave was a member of the Scout Fellowship (now County Scout Active Support) and remained a valuable asset, always willing and able to help whenever the occasion arose.  At both District and County events he gave very strong support and was tireless in his enthusiasm and approach, especially for the young members who benefited from his Scouting experience. An example of this was as the scorer for many District Swimming Galas, he always proved accurate and reliable.

He was always loyal to the 8th Solihull Group, providing his leadership skills at a moment’s notice should any section suddenly be leaderless.  Dave would always step in and provide cover.

Dave was Scrutineer for the County Accounts for which the County was most grateful. Dave took this role most seriously and was extremely meticulous in his checking of the figures.

Dave gave service to such a high standard for so many years; he will certainly be greatly missed.  A loving husband, a loving father and a member of the Scout Association to be proud of. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sue and their family.

Operation Chameleon 2020

As we start to make our plans for later in the year, we’re pleased to announce that Operation Chameleon 2020 for Scouts, Explorers and Adults will take place on the 14th November and we’ll be going to…the Badlands, as always!

Bookings will open on 1st October and close on the 31st October.

Booking guidelines are available on the county website on the Operation Chameleon page.

We’ll be in touch again shortly with more information as it becomes available! Please don’t forget that while young person places are limited to Scouts & Explorers, spaces for adults (over 18) are unlimited, that includes leaders from other sections and parents, if you’re not sure how you can get involved then please contact us!

Two weeks in

It’s been (just) two weeks since we suspended face-to-face Scouting. I have been overwhelmed in that time by the positivity and resourcefulness of leaders who have found ways to keep our young people engaged with Scouting and the way that ideas, programme plans and resources have been shared. I’ve held several meetings using Google Meet with members of District and County teams over that time embracing the technology and the new reality and now have a better insight into their tastes in décor. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of you for everything you have done and are doing, but also to remind you that it is most important that you look after yourselves and your own families first and foremost.


The current crisis has given rise to many new innovations and ways of doing things differently. At a County and District level we’ve challenged ourselves about how to support leaders to complete the mandatory training modules (Modules 1, 2, 3, safety, safeguarding and GDPR) using on-line and video methods. You may have seen yesterday’s website post about the new Book A Validator feature and I would ask that you all take 5 minutes to check on Compass if you have any outstanding modules and then head over to https://solihullscouts.org.uk/training/ for more information on how to get these signed off. Please keep checking back as more validator sessions will be opening up on a regular basis. I hope that I’ll be able to present some woodbadges when we come out the other side of this.


I’ve also been busy making some new appointments to my team and would like to announce the following changes:

  • Paul Webb – Deputy County Commissioner, working alongside Ian Carnell. Paul has stepped down from his ACC (Scouts) role (which I will hold vacant for the time being) but will still be running the events for which he is famous. Paul also continues to support me as Deputy District Commissioner for Blythe.
  • Lauren Evans – Assistant County Commissioner (Network). My thanks go to Spoff for his service in this role over the last few years. As you may know Lauren is a busy frontline nurse and will take up this new role as soon as she can.
  • Piers Bennett – Assistant County Commissioner (Activities). Piers is taking up this role alongside his current role as GSL at 1st Knowle. He can be contacted via piers.bennett@solihullscouts.org.uk.
  • Richard Budd and John Kidner (JK) – District Explorer Scout Commissioners. Richard and JK are taking up the DESC roles for Cole and Blythe Districts respectively. Richard has stepped down from his ACC (Explorers) role which I will hold vacant for the time being.

Shirley Brookes


(My post picture is from a public tweet from a group outside of Solihull)