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Bear Grylls iScout in East Lancashire Wet n’ Wild and more...

S U L P S C LAN 3 1 0 2 e n u May/J

From the  Editor Wow - what a weekend! We hope you enjoyed yourselves? The Media Team have had a busy weekend too, but we hope you like the results so far? There’s plenty more still to come. In this issue, we’ve got a lot to cover including bringing you some of the best photographs from the County Rally and the all important news from throughout the County! There are more tons more photos available to view on our Facebook page at We have also released the deadlines for next year’s ELP submissions - so make sure they’re in your diary! We don’t want you to miss out! Over the past few days we’ve seen comments that just prove how proud you all are of being a Scout - we love reading them! Scouting holds many more opportunities for everyone, it gets more exciting every day! Have a good couple of months, and I look forward to bring you the next issue! Yours in Scouting,



As I write this we are all busy preparing for the busiest weekend at Bowley since our Centenary Camp six years ago. We are expecting in the region of 1600 visitors including Bear Grylls who is due in East Lancashire as part of his tour of the North West of England. I hope that by the time you read this you will be having a well-earned rest, celebrating a successful weekend of fun, challenge and adventure and looking forward to exploiting the new friendships forged. On your behalf, my grateful thanks goes out to all members of the County and District teams for making it happen. Turning our thoughts further afield, the deadline has come and gone for leader applications to take charge of the East Lancashire unit which will go to the World Scout Jamboree in 2015. All the applicants will be interviewed in the near future and the leadership team will be announced by the end of the summer. If you haven’t already done so, please ensure all eligible young people have registered their interest for further information and have the dates of the information evening plus selection weekend in their diary. As always the World Scout Jamboree promises to be a life changing experience for those lucky enough to be selected. In the last couple of weeks, the National statistics on membership numbers have been released, which generally show a 2% increase across the Country, this is reflected in the East Lancashire figures of 2.4%. This means that there are around 2,700 young people actively involved in Scouting in East Lancashire supported by nearly 700 adult volunteers. There are many reasons for you you play in support of Lancashire.

to be proud of the part Scouting in East

Yours in Scouting,


Glen Fendall County Commissioner

Chris Taylor - Editor


COUNTY NEWS St Paul’s, Barnfield Scout Group are in desperate need of new leaders for their Scout section, which meet on Tuesday evenings. For more info, please contact John on 07749973679

Bowley has a volunteer vacancy for a Head of Department, taking charge of Utilities onsite. An electrical or plumbing is advantageous! Please contact Howard Alderson-Perkins at Bowley or email for more information.

This weekend, Bear Grylls officially opened Bowley’s newest accommodation, the Running Bear Tipi Village. More information is available on page 6.

New book reveals how to be prepared - read more on page 19.

Congratulations to the Cubs from Highfield Scout Group that won the Jepson Trophy last month!

Want to add your District, Group or Section news to this page? Just drop a quick email to and we’ll include it!

Adult Training Adult volunteers are the heart of Scouting, and we hope that you get every bit as much out of it as you put in. Scouting is not only about young people, but also about the development of adults within the Movement. To support adults in Scouting, East Lancs provides a comprehensive programme of training to build on existing skills and knowledge and develop new competencies. Some elements of your adult training can count towards externally-recognised qualifications, and within the movement there are also awards to recognise dedication to training and outstanding service. Upcoming Training Dates - Thursday 16th May - Modules 1,2,6 - Thursday 23rd May - Module 3 - Tuesday 18th June - Module 10 (First Aid) - Wednesday 19th June - Safeguarding - Sunday 24th June - Module 10 (First Aid)

For more information on any of the training that East Lancashire offers or for more training dates, first contact your Local Training Manager or Janet Alderson-Perkins (pictured) via who will be able to point you in the right direction.

NETWORK NEWS Some great news for Network so far! Our successful launch of the Rossendale Sub-Network Group is now in full swing, with a great programme and new members. We are now extending into Clitheroe with the new sub-group being set up by Bill Ruddock with the support of other Network members. Our congratulations also goes to our Rossendale Network Leader, Michael for receiving his 5 years service badge. Now this may not sound much, but this award should have been awarded 25 years ago so it was quite a shock when I presented him with it at 38th Rossendale’s recent group bonfire. We are coming up to a summer packed full of camps and two of the biggest camps are coming upon us so if you fancy seeing how Network really camp then you may want to read on!

Festival - 31st May - 22nd June - Coventry

With a huge list of activities and a massive night life this is one that cannot be missed. Rotating climbing wall, laser clay shooting, archery, rifle shooting, laser tag, mobile climbing wall, crafts, bouncy castle, gladiator joust, Scuba diving, human ten-pin bowling, water zorbing, pillow fighting, low sawing, demolition ball, sumo suits, space hopper racing, crate climbing, wii, cinema, 5-a-side football. The cost for the weekend is ÂŁ36 per person + booking fee. You will need to book onto this yourself via their website. You will need to provide your own transport, however you may be able to car share, please post on our event page if you are going and want to talk to other network members about the event. 160561750761041/

Ever wanted to have a themed camp or offer something that 
 little bit different? Well now you can and, you don’t have to go any further than Bowley! Welcome to Bowley’s new accommodation - the Running Bear Tipi Village! Bear Grylls opened the Running Bear Tipi Village on Saturday morning prior to appearing on stage at our County Rally. With one full sized tipi, complete with a central, inbuilt fire and 
 electricity. The village has been funded from a surplus made from the County Cubs event last year and was supported by the sponsors, United Utilities and Lancashire County Council. There are also four smaller tipis that will each sleep up to ten people! A dedicated team of Explorers and Leaders from Darwen have spent months stripping the trees, which were kindly donated by United Utilities, and building the tepees. Bookings start from 1st June with the first 10 bookings getting 50% off!


i.SCOUT in East Lancashire

As perfectly modeled by our County Team this weekend (they were under the coats, promise!), East Lancashire Scouts have launched their own range of “i.Scout in East Lancashire” 
 clothing which are available at very competitive prices! You can order from the ELS website at and pay online. All the orders will be processed at the the end of each month and you’ll be able to collect your order from the County Office soon after that - but we’ll let you know when they’re available for collection. We currently have micro fleeces, hoodies and polo shirts available in a wide range of colours, but there are plans to extend our range soon! For more information about our clothing, just contact the County Office.


RED NOSE DAY MADNESS Red Nose Day seems like an age away now but 26 Scouts from St Matthew with Holy Trinity Scout Group in Burnley managed to raise an amazing £70 from the sale of red noses, monster cupcakes and the Scouts’ entries into the madness!

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BEAVERS CELEBRATE 1ST BIRTHDAY! The Grey Colony Beavers at 38th Rossendale Scout Group recently celebrated their first birthday! You might remember us announcing the formation of a second Beaver Colony at the 38th Rossendale in an issue last year - well, they lasted a year and they’re still going strong! The Beavers celebrated by holding a party at their meeting night. The Beavers (and leaders!) played a number of party games including musical chairs, pass the parcel and dunking apples before getting a piece of the specially prepared birthday cake! This is the first of two new additions to the 38th as the Rossendale Sub-Network also open with the 38th Rossendale as their base. The Sub-Network group formed when 18-25 year olds within the District found it hard to commute to Bowley twice a month, which is where the County’s main Network meetings are currently held. Next year will see the 38th Rossendale celebrate 30-years of Beaver Scouts and a big party is planned! The 38th were part of a Scout Association experiement with Beavers and opened their first Beaver Scout Colony in May 1984 taking in boys aged 6-8. Beavers became an official section of The Scout Association in 1986. 8

The BUPA Great north run, 15 September 2013. The UK’s largest half marathon brings a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself while raising much needed awareness and funds for Scouting. Successful applicants will be asked to pay a registration fee of £45 and raise a minimum of £450 to support national Scouting – you’ll be supported every step of the way. You'll get a full fundraising pack, including ideas on how to plan fundraising activities and promote your challenge. You'll also hear from us regularly with updates on your event, and we'll always be there at the other end of the phone too. Please follow our quick and simple online application here.



JAPAN 2015

Want to have the chance of going on a trip of a lifetime? East Lancashire has spaces available for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree 2015, in Japan. The Jamboree is open to anyone who was born 
 between 28th July 1997 and 27th July 2001. If you are younger than this, don’t worry - you’ll have an 
 opportunity to attend the 24th WSJ in North 
 America. To register to receive updates, check out the East Lancs website (Info > 23rd World Scout Jamboree).

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East Lancashire Scouts have become a group member of LSSA (Lancashire Schools Sailing Association).

Sailing This means that a Scout (with adult supervision) can turn up at the wednesday night sailing session (ÂŁ5 per session) to learn to sail with LSSA. Scout Groups can book 6 places for their group through the LSSA website. There will be an opportunity for leaders to gain qualifications in the coming year. The West Lancashire Scouts Sailing Team have also offered a couple of sessions to groups to help out. For more info on this, contact Ray Worthington via the West Lancs Scouts website.

Kayaking There are also Kayak introductory lessons available on wednesday evenings for group bookings with a maximum on 8 people. For more info about this, contact Paul Wicks (

W O H S L A E V E R K O O N EW B . . . d e r a p e r P e TO B SPEC

Have you ever wondered how to vault a fence, throw a lasso or make your own sandals? Drawing on the wit and wisdom of Scouts through the ages, Be Prepared: How to light a wet match and 199 other useful things to know contains practical advice for a smoother journey through life.

Many of the hits and tips come from old issues of The Scout, a periodical for younger members, and most are still just as relevant today. “Life is full of challenges”, says Chief Scout Bear Grylls in his introduction. “Whether it’s trying to mend a puncture by the side of a busy road, light a wet match or stand on a moving train, sometimes things are not always as straight forward as they could be. That’s where a book like this comes in.” Revealing how cabbage leaf can be used to treat a blister and how to improvise a tie in an emergency, this book is a fascinating window into a forgotten era of good humour and common sense. With plenty of tips on camping and cooking, there are also more surprising inclusions including how to vote, how to volunteer and even how to text for free. Be Prepared is available from Scout Shops at a special Scout price of £9.99


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24th June, 2013

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18th December 2013

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24th February 2014

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28th April 2014

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27th November 2014

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