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Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Area Scout Council Changing Lives With Everyday Adventure

Scouting in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamor-

gan continues to grow; this is thanks to the enormous dedication and commitment of every single volunteer who has been working to make Scouting in their Sections, Groups Districts and Area outstanding. We now have some very strong foundations from which to build. Some of this year’s work has been very visible and other things have been below the surface. However, we’re now seeing many developments taking shape and having an impact on the quality and growth of Scouting in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. This year represents a big step towards our longer-term vision. In the Groups and Districts that make up the Area we have empowered even more young people. We are showing how much we value our volunteers and we have more of them than ever. We are becoming more diverse and inclusive. We have continued to strengthen our management and leadership to ensure that all of this is underpinned by sound and sustainable decision making and actions that support our strategy. The growth of the Area Activities Team, training opportunities and the review of the permit scheme has meant that we have continued to provide and expand an incredible range of adventures and learning experiences for young people including archery, hill walking, climbing, water activities, target shooting, caving, Swimming Gala, Scout Post, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and the Cardiff Scout & Guide Gang Show.

18.06.2014 The whole of the Cardiff and Vale Area team wishes all those in the Welsh Jamboree Contingents the very best for their involvement at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015. Working towards our shared vision ensures that we co-ordinate and sustain our effort for maximum impact and the results so far are very promising. New Groups and Sections continue to open and we have seen good Scouting in many areas become great. There are countless positive stories of where we are making a big difference and of first class support being provided. With demand higher than ever, there is every indication that our decade-long growth looks set to continue. We launch compass in the next few months this will totally change the way we support scouting. Scouting in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is innovative and exciting. We want everyone to be part of the adventure. Scouting makes a difference to people’s lives – young people, volunteers and whole communities can benefit in extraordinary ways. This report sets out just some of our remarkable achievements this year. We hope you will join us for another exciting year ahead.

Richard Edwards

Richard Thomas

Area Commissioner

Area Chairman

• 1st, 5th and 6th Barry Sea Scouts retained their Admiralty Recognition.

• The annual swimming gala took place, with 1st Cowbridge Beavers, 3rd Llanishen Cubs and 1st Penarth Scouts com• Scout Post had another suc- ing first in their sections. A big cessful year selling over 650,000 thank you to all those who asstamps and featured in Headsisted on the day. quarters Scouting Magazine. • A record breaking 15 Net• 11th Barry celebrated their work members were honoured 90th Birthday with past, present by international adventurer and future members. Chief Scout Bear Grylls to receive their Queen’s Scout • East and South won the Awards at Windsor Castle. National ‘youth on Board’ award for their work with Young leaders • Over 130 youngsters took taking management roles on the part in the Afon District “MisDistrict team. sion Impossible” Cub Scout Camp at Miskin. A good week• CATVOG turned 40 years old end was had by all and the on the 1st April this year. thunderstorm did not dampen their spirits. • Barry District held their well attended St George’s Day • The Vale District registered parade, recognising the Scouts the 1st St. Brides Major Scout and Guides from around the Group as a new Scout Group world that gave their lives during with a Beaver and a Cub Scout WW1 and other conflicts since. section. Penarth & District also opened a new Scout Group • A fantastic 25% of leaders in and within 6 months had over the East and South District are 50 members (Beavers & Cubs) now aged under 25. • The Lord Mayor’s Own • Cub Scout Laura Ward of Troop supported the freedom 15th Penarth was congratulated ceremony for the 203 (Welsh) by Chief Scout Bear Grylls for Field Hospital together with a achieving every badge in the 21 gun salute for the Queens Cub section. Birthday on the City Hall lawn followed with the Freedom of • A total of 39 Chief Scout’s HMS Dragon event. On both Gold, 19 Chief Scout’s Platinum, occasions the LMO carried the 7 Chief Scout’s Diamond and City Maces to start off the cer12 Queen’s Scout Awards were emonies heading up the civic presented at the annual Lord parties. Mayor’s presentation evening. • Beaver Scouts in East and • Penarth District Launched South had the opportunity to a new Bellboat and over 500 participate in many exciting acchildren have taken to the water tivities at the Beaver Fun Day. so far.

Youth Membership

For our ninth consecutive year we have increased our overall youth membership by 2.06% making a total of 3,310 members. The Network section for a third year have a showed an increase of 66.6% from 45 members in 2013 to 75 in 2014.

Sectional Membership

Youth membership spans from 6 to 25 years, enabling 19 years of Scouting. Most of our youth membership comes from our two youngest sections, Cubs (33.35%) and Beavers (30.09%).

Adults in Scouting

The number of Adults (708) in the Area increased slightly this year by 4.11%, an increase of 28 adults over last years 680.

Area Membership Overall Area membership totals 3,957, up by 0.86% over last years 3,923. WELL DONE ALL!

A full set of our accounts can be obtained by contacting our Area Office or by visiting and searching using our charity number 512034

The following Awards and Decorations were recognised on St George‘s Day for outstanding and exceptional contributions made in the Area.

Each year we honour a few of the many leaders who give tirelessly of their time and energy to provide and support excellent Scouting adventures and activities for our young people.

Bar to the Silver Acorn: Lynda Fraser, Barry District Marilyn Hendricksen, East & South District Ian Robinson, Penarth and District Silver Acorn: Martin Booy, Vale District Donald Cheyne, Afon District Patricia Davies, Penarth and District Nicola Havard, Penarth and District Ieuan Havard, Penarth and District Jeremy Ray, CATVOG Nicholas Shepherd, CATVOG Paul Willicombe, CATVOG

Annual Report 2014  
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