By the time this goes out, most of you will have finished the Christmas shopping, have all the presents wrapped, the menu planned and the food in the fridge ready for the festivities to start. Hopefully you will now have a few minutes to sit back and relax.
In a brief moment of peace before the excitement of Christmas with your families, I would like to reflect on the two gatherings we had with the Bethlehem Peace Light last week in Cathcart and Carluke.
As Scouts, parents and friends gathered to share this symbol of peace and to take a share of this light back into their own communities, I felt a real connection with our brothers and sisters in Scouting all over the world who were also taking part in similar events. We are such a small part of the world wide family of Scouting, and yet in that simple act we became a vital link in the chain of light around the world. Without us the chain is broken, so each and every one of us is important! So too you are our connection with the young people in your communities, bringing them together with the rest of the world.
Without your commitment and enthusiasm week in, week out they would not have the opportunity to be part of this great game we call Scouting.
I would like to thank you for all that you do for all our young people and for your communities. I wish you, your families and friends peace, health and happiness at this time and all the very best for 2012.
Author: Gary Bainbridge