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Message from the County Commissioner

Scouting continues to thrive as one of the greatest youth movements in the Country. We currently have a national membership of over 600,000 which represents the highest percentage of the available population since Scouting started way back in 1907. Catering for the whole age range from 6 years to 20 years through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts, Scouting provides a unique and enjoyable training opportunity with a tremendous range of indoor and outdoor activities.

Venture Scouts have had both male and female members for many years but the decision has just been taken in principle to allow girls to join the other Sections as well. The details have yet to be finalised, but it seems likely that those Groups that wish to open their doors to girls will be able to do so some time next year. This is just one of the many ways that Scouting is evolving to match the changing needs of our young people today and tomorrow.

Gang Shows too change and develop - not in basic concept, but in the style and content of their presentation. Gang Shows now reflect modern entertainment styles to the extent that tonight you will enjoy a Show of professional standards.

In Cleveland we have launched a fund raising appeal for 75,000 over the next three years to support Scouting through the Nineties and into the 21st Century. Several high profile activities - such as the Clean up Cleveland Day, the Middlesbrough Recruitment Campaign, and the Scouting for Business Exhibition - have taken place to support this campaign, but I doubt if there is a better event than a Gang Show for demonstrating the value of Scouting.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped to stage this Show, from the Sponsors to the Production Team and from the Dressers to the all important and talented Cast. I wish them every success with Gang Show'90.

Neil W. Midgley
County Commissioner.