Northamptonshire County Scouts Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE Step up and Serve Campaign aims to double the number of young people taking part in social action by 2020
The Scout Association is pledging its support for the Step Up To Serve initiative, an umbrella initiative working to promote the benefits of v olunteering to young people and to increase the number of young people that volunteer across the UK to over 50% by 2020. To mark the launch of Step Up To Serve, leaders across business, education, faith, politics, public services and youth organisations such as the Scout Association will be making pledges to take action to enable and empower more young people to v olun- teer. The Campaign is asking the public to pledge via the website stepuptoserve.org.uk or by tweeting using #iwill to show their commitment to the Campaign and to highlight their contribution. The Scout Association has been at the forefront of the youth social action movement for over 100 years and its annual Scout Community W eek this year attracted over 160,000 volunteers who worked on over 3,000 projects. Research shows that Scouting develops a volunteering habit for life among its mem- bers: 36% of former youth Scout members volunteer for two hours a week, compared to 26% for the general population. At a time when local authorities, public services and charities are feeling the pinch more than ever, The Scout Association aims to harness this volunteering habit up and down the country. However, with membership and membership waiting lists for the Scout Association at their largest since ever (just over 38,000) the Movement is keen to engage with even more adults and to encourage adult volunteering to provide enough opportunities for young people to take part in social action in their communities. Speaking about the Movement’s pledge, W ayne Bulpitt UK Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association, said: “Volunteering is at the heart of Scouting, and this Cam- paign is a great way to encourage even more young people to get out and do some- thing positive for their community. As well as helping out those around them, young people can gain practical skills that they might not learn elsewhere by volunteering. I am so proud that thousands of Scouts across the UK who are already involved in volunteering every year, and I hope to see many more adults and young people step- ping up and volunteering over the next few years.”
Be... Additional alternative Scout promise Paintball as a Scout activity Supporting youth life issues Get ready for Compass Scout Community Week 2014 2013 Infographic Sharing Stories In the news… Save the date Scouts Speak Up Cub Scout Centenary badge “Let It Out” single
Shape Scouting in partnership with young people Be... is a new campaign to encourage Scouts (aged 1225) to air their views and help make Scouting even better. Encourage members under 25 to provide their ideas, sharing thoughts and opinions via upload videos, A new campaign to encourage young people to air their views. blogs, photos and illustrations – anything that gets an idea across. Sign up requires basic details and gives access to post opinions - be.scouts.org.uk. Responses from the survey and content on the Be... website will be reviewed by 40 young people and the Chief Executive of The Scout Association to select the most effective and important ones to be developed. Additionally a quick online survey that was ran, asked Scouts aged 12-25 how we can improve Scouting, and gave them the chance to win £500 to spend at Scout
Additional alternative Scout Promise The additional alternative version to the core Scout Promise was launched in order to officially welcome atheists and those without a faith into the Movement and will be available for use by Scout Groups from 1 January 2014. Key updated resources will be launched to support its implementation during January 2014 (updates to POR and guidance for Appointment Committees) and all other publications with a reference, as they are reprinted. Alternative versions used by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and those who live in the UK but are not UK citizens have been available for nearly 50 years. The core Scout Promise, referring to a ‘Duty to God’, remains intact and Scouting remains fully committed as a Movement that explores faith and religion as a core element of its programme.
Paintball as a Scout activity Following a consultation in September with members across all roles, ages and geographical areas, paintball will be permitted as an activity within Scouting from January 2014. It will have to be provided by operator members of paintball national bodies, and permission gained from parents for young people under the age of 18. Consultation results are available online.
Supporting youth life issues If you need to support young people who are facing personal challenges, take a look at the resources available at scouts.org.uk/lifeissues. You’ll find support ranging from self-harm and divorce to mental health and sexual health. Additional resources are available on scouts.org.uk/pol for relevant activities that can be used at Scout meetings;; simply search on the term ‘life issues’.
Get ready for Compass Compass is a powerful set of online tools for members to manage their Scouting administrative activities in one place offering shared access to relevant Scouting colleagues with a high level of data security. Compass is currently being developed and will be ready for use by members during 2014. The County’s Compass Implementation Champion is Tony Keay (County Commissioner), and he will be managing the introduction process for all local members. Further details and support details are due from Scout HQ in January 2014. Each District has at least one appointed person to support and train adults in the use of the new system.
Scout Community Week return in June 2014
Scout Community Week 2014 Positive local community impact Taking place from 2-8 June 2014, Scout Community Week not only gives us the op- portunity to bond with the local community and raise essential funds for your Scout- ing, but it’s a chance to promote and champion Scouting. Sign up for this year’s pack to find out more about how Scouting can make a real difference in your community.
Sign up for the badge In order to receive your Scout Community badges you need to register on the Scout Community Week microsite. You’ll receive a free pack full of resources including a brochure with project ideas, plus promotional goodies. Register today!
Choose an inspiring project Scout Community Week is a great opportunity to get your young people working to- wards a number of badges and awards – and can seamlessly fit into your Group’s programme. Check out our project ideas to give your section some inspiration and our Flickr account to see a handful of 2013’s photos.
We see lots of stories hit media outlets... ...in all sorts of different formats. We are updated with all newspaper articles, radio presence and TV appearances. The District & County Media Teams are here to support you for such releases and sharing of information. W e are here to support and demonstrate the best way to communicate your story, while showing Scouting in the most positive way possible, while also staying “on brand”. The Scout Association’s brand is very strong and powerful, so don’t miss an opportunity to seize it and use it where possible!
Found in the news... “Towcester Family Christmas Bingo” 1st Towcester Scout Group host a family Christmas bingo. Available: www.aboutmyarea.co.uk
“Kettering Gang Show rehearsals” Video and short story about the Kettering Gang Show and details of the show. Available: Northamptonshire Telegraph
Christmas Post Details on 1st Finedon Scout Group’s Christmas Postal Service. Available: Radio (Station unknown)
“Wellingborough Cubs group scoops prize” Details of 16th W ellingborough Cub Pack winning second prize in a e-card design competition. Available: Northamptonshire Telegraph
American Indian sleepover for Beaver Scouts in Wellingborough Available on: District Website
Last weekend Beaver Scouts from W ellingborough gathered for their annual District Sleepover. 25 Beaver Scouts with accompanying leaders from most of the groups in the area came together and had lots of fun for "a mish mash of creativity", as quoted by Joan, the organiser. The Beaver Scout sections enjoyed a variety of activities from a scavenger hunt and a walk through the dark woods at night, to making tepees and totem poles. Josie from 11th W ellingborough told me how she"...really enjoyed the scavenger hunt". While visiting the beavers, many fantastic, creative ideas were shared with the others. This is a great avenue for the young people to develop their teamwork, and to express and share their creative imaginative flair. Using the principles of the old Beaver motto, "Fun and friends" still proves very important today. As strong as the sections are though, there is still a desperate cry for more leaders, especially within the thriving village groups. More support is urgently needed to help reduce the waiting lists across the area. 1 leader in attendance has even decided to relive the Scouting adventure again, and has become a leader to continue the legacy. But it's not all hard work for the leaders, there is pride Beavers work together to make a totem pole. and happiness to be felt in the accomplishment of the young people's work. This was proven when Thomas from 9th Wellingborough said "I had fun doing the American Indian drawing and the scavenger hunt. Now I'm looking forward to going to cubs and would definitely come again." The young people liked the sleepover because of the games, being in the woods collecting items and they all love to go outdoors when the weather is nice. The event provides the Beaver Scouts an opportunity they may not be able to have with their own group, but also shares programme ideas with the leaders. The fun is to be had by all though, As when reviewing what everyone got for the Scavenger Hunt, they were all asked "What have you found that smells nice?", and one of the Beaver Scouts held up a piece of toilet roll, sending fits of laughter around everyone.
Scouts set sail on an adventure Available on: District Website
Scouts from 11th W ellingborough teamed up with Explorer Scouts from Pegasus Explorer Scout Unit for a weekends camp on narrow boats. The weekend narrow boat experience started quite a while ago, with one of the leaders, Suzie Dale, performing in Gang Show 80;; a national Scout Show celebrating 80 years of Gang Shows.
One group on the barge.
One weekend, Suzie assisted a friend from the show with some fundraising for the London Narrow Boat Project (LNBP). The LNBP are an organisation that provide narrow boat experiences for youth organisations. On her return she suggested they may wish to consider using them for the Scouts.
Arriving Friday evening in the dark, the battle of finding the boat began, before settling in. 2 boats had been hired to accommodate everyone both with fully equipped galleys and gas central heating. Saturday morning and the 6 hour journey began from Braunston to W eedon, following the safety briefings. Soon arriving at some locks, the young people were split into 2 teams to take it in turn to work the locks and steer the boat. This provided them a great avenue to develop teamwork. Once arriving at their destination, dinner began to cook followed by a short walk around the village. In traditional Scout camp style, the day was brought to an end with a small campfire, where everyone was able to relax and reflect on the days adventure. Sunday brought an early start so that the journey could be completed, before parents came to collect the Scouts and Explorers, and the journey had to end.
Working together as a team.
All of the young people boasted about what a fantastic weekend they had experienced, and how they all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kettering Gang Show Available on: County Website
The Lighthouse Theatre was again the host to Kettering Gang Show in November, and what an amazing show it was. With a brand new production team this year, who worked so hard to deliver the 2013 Gang Show. To quote Chris Curchin, the Kettering Gang Show Chairman, “ Rob Churchwell our Producer, Duncan Balcon, Director and Matt Wright Assistant Director have worked extremely hard over the last six months to cram in Junior and Senior gang auditions, planning meetings and multiple rehearsals, together with all their other Scouting activities, they really have shown an immense amount of energy and enthusiasm ! They have all recently been members of the gang and it is good to see the transition being made. They have brought a new vision and enthusiasm ;; one that I am hopeful will take the show forward for many years”. With nearly 100 young people taking part in a great Gang Show, they made us “Scout and Proud”.
Performing on stage.
Front of curtain set.
All together now!
Scout Speak Up Training Do you know an Explorer Scout who is keen to promote Scouting and learn more about the media? The Scouts Speak Up course trains Explorer Scouts to be confident spokespeople. They will find out how to talk to journalists and get their message across in front of the camera. The Scouts Speak Up course is aimed at 14 to 18 year olds. Confirmation of accepted application will be made once we have made contact with the Explorer Scout’s leader and parents/carer. Attendance on the course is not guaranteed by completing the form. Members in Wales and Northern Ireland are welcome to attend. A course for Scotland is currently being planned for January 2014. 14-15 March - John Lowther Centre, Northants www.scouts.org.uk/events
Cub Scout Centenary Badge Competition
Let it Out – Bright Sparks (Scout’s Charity Single) Have you heard the Scout’s charity single, produced in partnership with Bright Sparks? Go and find it today on iTunes, YouTube or other avenues. Proceeds go towards supporting Scouting, so shout all about it and share it with your friends!
Help your young members celebrate the centenary of Cub Scouts by designing the winning badge design. Download, print and encourage your members to get creative on the badge template and enter the Cub Scout Centenary badge competition. Full details can be found on members.scouts.org.uk under the Cubs menu item.
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Have you got a story that you want to share with everyone, including the media and press? Your story will need to be with us by the 20th January! If so, please contact the County Media Development Manager, Peter Reynolds, via email@example.com, @scoutspeter on Twitter or contact your Distrist Me- dia Manager. You can also book the media team for a future event to come and get a story as well!