Page 1


2


CONTENTS Board of Trustees 2012 2013

4

Structure, Governance and Management

5

Purpose, Values and Method

5 6 7

Financial Review

9 17

County Assets and Property

19

County Development Project

19

County Commiss

20 24

2013 Census Figures

25

2013 Adult Awards

26

2013 Youth Awards

27

3


GREATER LONDON SOUTH COUNTY SCOUT COUNCIL

Greater London South County Scout Council is an unincorporated association constituted in accordance with the Rules of The Scout Association (Registered No. 139, Charity No. 303883) covering the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham, Royal Greenwich, Southwark and Wandsworth. The Scout Association (Registered Charity No. 306101) is incorporated by Royal Charter to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The Charter of The Association provides for the making of Bye-Laws approved by Her Majesty in Council which, in turn, authorise the making of the Rules referred to above outside the Royal Charter, Bye-Laws and Rules of The Scout Association. County Headquarters

South London Scout Centre, Grange Lane, London, SE21 7LH

President

William M. Stern

Vice-Presidents

Howard B. Strong Roger Cooke

Trustees

County Executive Committee June 2012 to June 2013

Ex-Officio

County Chairman Vice Co. Chairman County Commissioner County Treasurer County Secretary

Peter James Gordon Carr

Jeffrey Tetlow ** Robert Crow Philippa Clayton Samantha Diggins

Nominated

Paul Benn, William Compton, Amber Cox, Robert Ludlow, Andrew Melia and Christopher Field*

Elected

David Attenborough, Robert Crow, Peter Evans *** Russell Jones, Daniel Stoddart and Roger Whittle

Co-opted

George Phipson - Chairman of Dev. Project S-G Paul J. Shannon Support) * also Chairman of County Appointments Sub-Committee ** also Chairman of County Finance Sub-Committee *** also Chairman of County Sites Committee

4

Principal Bankers

C.A.F. Bank

Auditor

Latham Lambourne, Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors First Floor, East Wing Priory Buildings, Church Hill Orpington, Kent, BR6 0HH


STRUCTURE, GOVERNANCE

PURPOSE, VALUES AND

AND MANAGEMENT.

METHOD.

The members of the County Executive Committee are appointed in accordance with Policy, Organisation and Rules (P.O.R.) of The Scout Association. The County Chairman, County Commissioner, County Treasurer, County Secretary and the County Network Commissioner are ex-officio members of the Executive Committee. Other members are elected or appointed at the Annual General Meeting of the Greater London South County Scout Council. The members of Executive Committee, who are its trustees, have met on six occasions since the last AGM in September 2012. There are four subcommittees that undertake specific responsibilities within the County and the Executive Committee receives their reports. The sub-committees are: -

the County Finance Sub-Committee the County Premises Sub-Committee the County Appointments Advisory Committee

Steering Committee The Executive Committee has continued to work in partnership with the County Commissioner to provide both support and resources to contribute to the development of Scouting within Greater London South Scout County. Charity legislation makes the trustees responsible for budgetary control and to keep accounts that disclose the financial position of the County, including the assets and investments held. The Trustees therefore determined that a full audit of the 2012 2013 annual accounts would be required which John Lambourne FCA has undertaken for the County.

The Purpose, Values and Method of Greater London South County Scout Council are the same as those contained within Chapter 1 of the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.

Purpose

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

Values

As Scouts we are guided by these values: Integrity We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal. Respect others.

We have self-respect and respect for

Care We support others and take care of the world we live in. Belief We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes. Co-operation We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends.

Method

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:       

enjoy what they are doing and have fun take part in activities indoors and outdoors learn by doing share in spiritual reflection take responsibility and make choices undertake new and challenging activities make and live by their promise.

5


grant applications to ensure sustainability.

Appointments The County Appointments Advisory Committee (CAAC) is a panel of three advisers (drawn from a larger pool within the County) to interview adults who have been recommended for a variety of County appointments and in doing so determine their suitability for the role. They have met on a number of occasions recently and are pleased to have processed many new appointments. The CAAC have also had to determine the suitability of some adults to continue in their roles and have achieved this difficult task with sensitivity. Chris Field is the Chairman of the Committee and we would like to thank Linda Moore, who has stood down as the Appointments Secretary, for all her hard work for the la the County Administrator has taken on the duties of the role.

Investment and Reserves Policy

County Secretary

excluding known commitments and contingent

Rodney Carder tendered his resignation and this was accepted by the Trustees prior to the previous AGM where Samantha Diggins was appointed to the role of County Secretary. I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank Rodney for all his years of service to the Greater London South County Scout Council and welcome Samantha to the role. Samantha has provided administrative services to me and the wider County Executive throughout the year on a voluntary basis. In December 2012 Reina O'Brien was appointed as a part time County Administrator to assist with countywide administration and support. We welcome Reina to this role and I look forward to a working with her in the future.

Finance Review and Support The Finance sub-committee is lead by the chairmanship of Jeff Tetlow (County Chairman) and includes the County Commissioner, the County Treasurer , the County Secretary and the SLSC Warden. During the year the sub-committee oversaw the preparation of the annual budgets by the expense holders which were subsequently approved by the executive team. The finance subcommittee continually monitors expenditure against budgets and reviews cashflows and reserves at each meeting. The team are currently looking towards the future financing of the

6

The work of the Executive Committee involves issues concerning financial control, particularly in the budgeting of events, activities and building maintenance as well as regularly monitoring the financial risks to which the County may be exposed. The income to the County is generated from investments, donations, grants and the membership subscription paid by members of the County. The Investment Policy of the County is such that our reserves continue to be held in low risk managed portfolios; the Executive Committee has reviewed the investments to ensure we are able to achieve a fair rate of return on the capital reserves held. The Reserves Policy was declared by the County Executive Committee to

the County continued to freeze membership fees and total income of ÂŁ20,484 was generated. This was used to support the appointment of the new county administrator and office and the hosting of the county conference which was an extremely well received and valuable event.

Financial Support Don Broome Scout Trust The Don Broome Scout Trust has continued its policy of working through the Co development officers to assist in the provision of better Scouting for more young people. During the year under review grants have included support to Lewisham District to fund their Development Officer (it is particularly pleasing to see the excellent results he has day where work was done on establishing future priorities and to the County Indaba and the County Conference earlier this year, both of which were aimed at making things even better for our youth members in future. As always we also made a number of start up


grants for new sections. Please do not forget that start up grants are also available from the Scout Association through the Development Grants Board. New sections can and should - claim both the Don Broome grant and the Scout Association Grant. If you have a proposal to develop Scouting within your Group you can talk to any of the Don through your District Commissioner or local dev bequest is there to make things a little easier in achieving what we all want - helping more young people to benefit from the experience that Scouting can offer.

Jack Petchey Foundation For the last number of years the County has been part of the Jack Petchey Foundation Young Achiever Awards programme where young people can benefit their Groups by winning a Young Achiever Award. This award acknowledges a personal achievement and rewards the young person with £200 to be spent for the benefit of their group. During the year an additional 56 awards were granted totalling £11,200. The County continues to value the relationship with the Trustees of the Foundation and thank them for their support and generosity. Additionally, the role in this scheme and formally thanks him for occupying this voluntary role over the previous years. Looking forward, the County Administrator will take the responsibility for overseeing this scheme and has already held discussions with the Foundation to ensure the longevity of the Foundation continues successfully to recognise and reward the young people of our County.

REPORT It gives me great pleasure to present the audited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2013. The net assets at the balance sheet date are shown on page 10 and total £295,173. The results of the County are shown in summary on page 9. The South London Scout Centre again reported a profitable year attributing a net surplus of £35,079. These funds were used to support countywide activities with a total net expenditure of £35,196 which results in a small net operating loss of just £117 and therefore the county operated financially during the year under review without decreasing unrestricted cash reserves. In addition, a net outflow of £47,270 was paid from the restricted funds representing activities of the Petchey Fund and Development Officers for which some of the income and donations have been received and recognised in prior years. These movements total a net outflow of resources of £47,387. After accounting adjustments representing depreciation on assets previously capitalised and a small gain on the County's share of activities in the Joint Venture, and an unrealised gain on investments held, a total net loss for the year of £60,479 is reported. Detailed income and expenditure schedules are shown on pages 15 & 16. I would like to take this opportunity to thank John Lambourne FCA and all at Latham Lambourne Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors for their continued support of the County throughout the year. Finally, many thanks should also be noted for Gordon Carr who continues to run the operations of the Greater London South Scout Centre exceptionally. Philippa Clayton County Treasurer

7


GREATER LONDON SOUTH COUNTY SCOUT COUNCIL Law applicable to charities in England & Wales requires the trustees to prepare financial statements for each financial year which give a true and fair view of the charity's financial activities during the year and of its financial position at the end of the year (unless the charity is entitled to prepare accounts on the alternative receipts and payments basis). In preparing those financial statements, the Trustees are required to -

select suitable accounting policies and apply them consistently; make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent; state whether applicable accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the financial statements prepare the financial statements on the going concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the charitable organisation will continue in business.

The Trustees are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the charity and to enable it to ensure that the financial statements comply with applicable laws and regulations. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the charity and hence for taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.

Jeff Tetlow Chairman Signed on behalf of the Trustees

8


Statement of Financial Activities GREATER LONDON SOUTH COUNTY SCOUT COUNCIL Statement of Financial Activities for the Year Ended 31st March 2013

£

Restricted Funds £

Total Funds 2013 £

Total Funds 2012 £

10,230 2,564

0 978

10,230 3,542

23,800 3,781

Incoming Resources from Charitable Activities County activities Greater London South Scout Centre Activities

28,512 101,065

22,749 0

51,261 101,065

33,636 95,629

Total Incoming Resources

142,371

23,727

166,098

156,846

0 0

12,735 58,262

12,735 58,262

17,493 41,610

Costs of Generating Funds County activities - Governance Costs County activities - Programme & Training

24,528 51,974

0 0

24,528 51,974

11,504 31,953

Greater London South Scout Centre Activities

65,986

0

65,986

74,359

Other Resources Expended Share of Joint Venture (Profit)/Loss Depreciation of fixed assets

-28 13,237

0 0

-28 13,237

648 11,766

Total Resources Expended

155,697

70,997

226,694

189,333

Net Incoming/(Outgoing) Resources before other recognised gains

-13,326

-47,270

-60,596

-32,487

117

0

117

4,229

-60,479 0 355,652 0

-28,258 0 389,383 -5,473

295,173

355,652

Note

Unrestricted Funds

Income and Expenditure Income Incoming Resources from Generated Funds Voluntary Income Investment Income

Resources Expended Charitable Activities Petchey Fund Development Officers Fund

Other Recognised Gains/ Losses Gains/losses on investment assets

12

13

4

Net Movement in Funds Transfers Balances Brought Forward at 1st April 2012 Decrease in provision for interest from prior years

-13,209

-47,270

203,562 0

152,090

Balances Carried Forward at 31st March 2013

190,353

104,820

9


Balance Sheet GREATER LONDON SOUTH COUNTY SCOUT COUNCIL Balance Sheet at 31st March 2013

Note £ Fixed Assets Tangible Fixed Assets Investments Joint Venture

£

51,078 115,101 418

5 5

0 3,606 209,354 212,960

8,282 9,777 213,134 231,193

Liabilities:

6

84,384

94,554

amounts falling due within one year

2012 £

54,512 164,111 390

Current Assets Stock Debtors Cash at Bank and in Hand

Net Current Assets

128,576

136,639

Net Assets

295,173

355,652

190,353 104,820

203,562 152,090

295,173

355,652

Funds Unrestricted Restricted

10

3 4 8

2013 £

7


Notes to the accounts Notes to the Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2013 1. Accounting Policies a. These accounts are prepared under the historical cost convention (modified to include the revaluation of quoted investments) in accordance with the applicable accounting standards and the 05). Investments are st quoted at middle market value as at 31 March 2013. b. Donations are accounted for when received. c. All other income and expenditure is accounted on the accruals concept. Where these are identifiable in respect of the individual section activities they are allocated to these activities. d. Until 1st April 1996 all fixed assets, including the lease of property, were written off when purchased as part of the income and expenditure account. Since that date all assets greater than ÂŁ1,000 have been capitalised and are being depreciated at the following rates: Property improvements: Equipment: Fixtures and Fittings:

over the length of the lease (6 years remaining at the Scout Centre) 15% on cost 10% on cost

e. Stocks are valued at the lower of cost and net realisable value. 2. Joint Venture The County, together with five other Counties in the Greater London area, has an equal interest in the Greater London Scout Region. This was set up to provide a forum for co-ordination and discussion at a London-wide level and the organisation of regional activities. The project is accounted for on a joint venture basis, each County including one sixth of the Region accounts within their own. These accounts were independently examined A summary of the financial result for the joint venture is included below: Greater London Scout Region 2013

2012

Turnover County Contributions Events Donations Total Income

4511 0 0 4511

0 0 0 0

Administration costs Events Accommodation charges Other costs

312 3030 333 670

24 3253 342 267

166

-3886

Net receipts

11


Notes to the Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2013 3

Tangible Assets Leasehold Improvements COST or VALUATION Bought forward

Equipment

Fixtures and Fittings

Total

147,311

51,772

37,118

236,201

0

9,802

0

9,802

147,311

61,574

37,118

246,003

Depreciation Brought forward

97,456

47,115

37,118

169,923

Charge for year

9,973

3,263

0

13,236

At 31 March 2013

107,429

50,378

37,118

194,925

Net Book Value At 31 March 2013

39,882

11,196

0

51,078

At 31 March 2012

49,855

4,657

0

54,512

Additions At 31 March 2013

The land and buildings at the South London Scout Centre are held on a full repairing lease for thirty years from 24th June 1988. During 2002 a revaluation of the Scout Centre fixed assets was completed. The land and building known as the Scott Chard Centre at Biggin Hill is held on a 15 year lease from 3 June 2003 4

Fixed Asset Investments Quoted Investments Market Value 1st April 2012 Sold in year Net unrealized investment gains/(losses) Market Value 31st March 2013 Other Investments Scout Association Short Term Investment Service Income Bonds CAF Platinum / Fixed Deposit Buckinghamshire Building Society

5

2012

28,288 0 117 28,405

44,059 -20,000 4,229 28,288

470 10,000 76,226 0 86,696

470 10,000 75,353 50,000 135,823

2013

2012

0 3,606

8,282 9,777

3,606

18,059

Stocks and Debtors

Stock held Prepayments and accrued interest

12

2013


Notes to the Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2013 6

Liabilities:

Amounts Falling Due Within One Year

Accruals Deposits in advance PAYE Other creditors 7

2012 £

1,800

1,800

81,530 0 1,054 84,384

91,285 0 1,469 94,554

Analysis of Net Assets Between Funds Tangible Assets

8

2013 £

Net Current Assets

£

£

£

Joint Ventures £

Unrestricted funds

51,078

115,101

23,756

418

190,353

Restricted funds

0 51,078

0 115,101

104,820 128,576

0 418

104,820 295,173

Investments

£

Joint Venture Greater London Scout Region Share Net Income Net Payments Brought forward balance Balance written off Value

9

Total

Total

752 -724

752 -724

390 0 418

390 0 418

Employees Remuneration

Salary Social Security Costs Pension Costs Indirect Costs

2013 £

2012 £

51,441 4,814 0 0

32,285 2,439 0 0

56,255

34,724

At 31 March 2013 there were 4 employees (2012 - 2)

13


Notes to the Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2013 10

Trustees Remuneration and Expenses

Remuneration paid to Trustees Expenses Reimbursed to Trustees Number of Trustees Reimbursed

2013 £

2012 £

0 5,396 3

4,734 4,068 2

Trustees were reimbursed for necessary out of pocket expenses spent on Council business at agreed rates, and for expenditure made by them on behalf of the Council.

11

Auditors Fees

Audit fee Fees for other services

14

2013 £

2012 £

1,800 170

1,800 154

1,970

1,954


Detailed Income Notes to the Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2013 12

Detailed Incoming Resources Unrestricted Funds Investment Income Interest & Fund Raising COIF CAF Gilts Fixed Rate Bond Other Interest Bank Interest

County Income Voluntary Income, Donations & Grants Membership Levy Fees, Grants etc - courses Air Activities Caving County Shop

South London Scout Centre Income South London Scout Centre

Jack Petchey Funds Awards and expenses

County Development Funds County Development Grants Total Income

Restricted Funds £

£

306 56 1,665 0 537 0

0 103 0 875

Total Funds 2013 £

Total Funds 2012 £

0

306 159 1,665 875 537 0

594 353 0 1,000 1,709 125

2,564

978

3,542

3,781

10,230 20,484 3,268 1,280 0 3,480

0 0 0 0 0 0

10,230 20,484 3,268 1,280 0 3,480

7,000 22,149 977 4,263 636 5,611

38,742

0

38,742

40,636

101,065

0

101,065

95,629

0 0

0

0 0

16,800 16,800

0

22,749

22,749

0

142,371

23,727

166,098

156,846

15


Detailed Expenditure Notes to the Accounts for the Year Ended 31st March 2013 13

Detailed Resources Expenditure

County Operating Costs Governance Costs Stationery & Printing Office Holders Expenses Professional Fees & Licences Bank Charges Payroll Expenses Office Refurbishment Programme & Training Courses Equipment & Resources Air Activities Caving County Shop - adjusted to write off stock Support For All Districts County Leadership expenses Conferences/AGM Mail Shots/Website Jamboree

South London Scout Centre Operating Costs South London Scout Centre Jack Petchey Funds Awards and expenses

Restricted Funds £

891 353 3,690 0 7,474 12,120

0 0 0 0

891 353 3,690 0 7,474 12,120

611 1,499 4,623 37 4,734 0

1,170 4,164 1,701 551 9,579 7,586 3,878 23,249 96 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1,170 4,164 1,701 551 9,579 7,586 3,878 23,249 96 0

376 2,557 2,159 368 4,702 5,757 4,219 984 6,960 3,871

76,502

0

76,502

43,457

65,986

0

65,986

74,359

0 0

12,735 12,735

12,735 12,735

17,493 17,493

0

58,262 58,262

58,262 58,262

41,610 41,610

142,488

70,997

213,485

176,919

County Development Funds County Development costs

Total Resources Expended

16

Total Funds 2013 £

Total Funds

Unrestricted Funds £

2012 £


Greater London South County Scout Council We have audited the financial statements of Greater London South County Scout Council for the year ended 31st March 2013 which comprise the Statement of Financial Activities, the Balance Sheet, and the related notes. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the accounting policies set out therein Charities Act 2011. Our audit work has been fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the charity formed. Respective responsibilities of trustees and auditors responsible for the preparation of the Annual report and the financial statements in accordance with applicable law and United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice). We have been appointed as auditors under section 144 of the Charities Act 2011 and report in accordance with regulations made under that Act. Our responsibility is to audit the financial statements in accordance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements and International Standards on Auditing (UK and Ireland). Thos standards require us to Scope of the audit of the financial statements An audit involves obtaining evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements sufficient to give reasonable assurance that the financial statements are free from material misstatement, whether caused by fraud or error. This includes an assessment of: whether the accounting policies are umstances and have been consistently applied and adequately disclosed; the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by the trustees; and the overall presentation of the financial statements. In addition, we read all the financial and non financial information in the annual report to identify material inconsistencies with the audited financial statements. If we become aware of any apparent material misstatements or inconsistencies we consider the implications for our report.

.

17


Opinion In our opinion the financial statements: 

st

March 2012 and of its

incoming resources and application of resources, for the year then ended; 

have been properly prepared in accordance with United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice; and

have been properly prepared in accordance with the Charities Act 2011.

Matters on which we are required to report by exception We have nothing to report in respect of the following matters where the Charities Act 2011 requires us to report to you if, in our opinion: 

respect with the financial statements; or

sufficient accounting records have not been kept; or

the financial statements are not in agreement with the accounting records and returns; or

we have not received all the information and explanations we require for our audit.

John Lambourne Senior Statutory Auditor For and on behalf of Latham Lambourne Ltd Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors

Priory Buildings Church Hill Orpington Kent BR6 0HH

18


COUNTY ASSETS AND

COUNTY DEVELOPMENT

PROPERTY

PROJECT

South London Scout Headquarters and Shop

The County Development Service has continued to grow and offer support across the County under the guidance of the Development Steering Group. Two key management highlights this year have been the appointment of Sarah Morris as Development Officer for Lambeth and Wandsworth, and the extension of Matt

The land and buildings at the South London Scout Centre are held on a full repairing lease for 30 years, from the 22 June 1988, from The Dulwich Estate. We saw a packed centre and campsite due to the Olympics being staged in London. This year The Fort has also proved to be an attractive venue for many visitors from most parts of the world. This attraction does not happen by chance for the maintenance of the site to such a high standard is in no small measure down to our Warden, Gordon Carr. Although the lease will be up for renewal in five years repairs and maintenance continues to ensure that standards are maintained and improved to meet the increasing demand. The kitchen, toilets and showers have also had a makeover and with day-to-day use made of the site by local groups and Scouts the facilities meet the ever increasing high standard expected by users. The County Shop closed this year due to lack of use as o closer shops & internet scout shops we would like to thank shop team for all their hard work and support to the County over the years.

Scout Aviation Centre Ian Piper is the ACC for Air Activities as well as the Chairman of the Air Activities Committee and County Adviser. The base used for these activities the Scott-Chard Centre at Biggin Hill. This is situated on land held by Biggin Hill Airport Ltd on a 15 year lease from 2003 The committee Scout Badge courses as well as public tours around historical parts of the old Biggin Hill Airfield.

specifically on Royal Greenwich and Southwark. The work of the Development Officers has been instrumental in supporting growth across the County. This includes both opening new sections, such as the new Greenwich Sea Scout unit and the 1st Evelina Scout Group based at Evelina development across the County, through support to GSLs conducting health checks and writing development plans. Management of the project continues to strengthen. The Development Service, including Garry Leach and the Lewisham Development Project, meets regularly to review progress and share best practice, and this co-ordinated working has significantly strengthened the support offered to groups. Improvements have also been made in tracking and monitoring the outcomes of the Development Grants Board, who fund aspects of the Project, were pleased with the activity and progress seen across the County, and have encouraged the County to continue to build on this. Challenges for the future include securing longerterm funding for the Service, and alongside this developing more rigorous tracking and measurement of the outcomes of the Development Officers work. The Development Steering Group are looking at ways to ensure that the positive impact of the project is articulated to both members of the County and potential funders, to demonstrate the benefits of continued focus for the coming year. On behalf of the County, the Development Steering Group would like to thank Garry, Matt

19


and Sarah for their hard work and effort in supporting growth and development across the County. Their dedication and expertise are vital in supporting districts to offer more and better Scouting for the young people of South London. Alongside their work, thanks also need to be given to Linda Hurford and Richard Morrison for the time they give to managing their respective development projects so well.

w District motto is in your new role.

Southwark Liz has come into Southwark with all guns blazing, changing the whole support structure in the District Team and giving the Groups the best support possible. There is a real feel good factor whenever I visit Southwark.

Wandsworth

REPORT membership has grown by 3% this year which represents a 10% growth since 2010. I could not be more chuffed! As this is becoming a bit of a tradition let s look at a few highlights of the year.

Lambeth With Rachel Mayes as DC the District has gone from strength to strength. She has shaken up the support structure in Lambeth. Rachel has appointed some great members to the District Team and Scouting is no longer hiding under a bushel but shining bright in the Borough! A great almost all the Groups in attendance. This was the first public event of such a scale that has been seen in Lambeth in over 12 years. A new group has opened in partnership with Girlguiding at the Everlina Children Hospital and this is a great opportunity to support the local community and raise the profile of Scouting.

Lewisham Tom Nixon has continued to work hard to build the District in partnership with their Local Development Officer they are now reaping the benefits. Lewisham have opened several new sections. Tom is working hard to provide a strong district support structure. Keep up the good work!

Royal Greenwich In December 2012 Shane Barry stepped down as DC. I would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the role. Shane laid a great foundation for John Sweeney, who I appointed in

20

I would like to thank Vikki Kernahan, who stepped down as DC, in December, for all her hard work and dedication in the role. She worked hard to build the new District and has made some real breakthroughs with the new District Exec.

Adult Support: DCC (Adult Support) ACC (Adult Training) ACC (Communications) ACC (Faiths and Beliefs) ACC (Inclusion) ACC (Safeguarding) ACC (Special Needs) Active Support Manager

Paul J. Shannon Shane Barry Natasha Marlow Vacant Vacant Reese Ludlow Michael Standing Steve Sharp

There have been a number of changes in the Adult Support Team this year. Paul Shannon was appointed as Deputy County Commissioner (Adult Support) at the County Conference in February foll was then appointed as Assistant County Commissioner (Adult Training) and has been working a lot in the background auditing our training records as well as looking at options to make the validation process easier. Natasha Marlow has also recently been appointed as Assistant County Commissioner (Communications) (the youngest in the UK!) and is busy establishing a team to drive forward our Communications Strategy. This year we have refreshed our online identity with a new website design and new web address southlondonscouts.org.uk which now requires users to create a user account to book their own training courses. Four members of the County recently spent a weekend in Buckinghamshire at the Royal Society


completin enable them to deliver Safeguarding training throughout the County and this will hopefully recommence from September. number of training courses available to our members including offering new courses outwith the current Adult Training Scheme and our Communications Team are looking at reintroducing the South Circular.

Adventure: DCC Adventure (Bill Compton) ACC Air Activities (Ian Piper) ACC Creative Activities (Denise Pritchard) ACC Land Activities (Billy Ford) ACC Water Activities (Paul Wotton) ACC Nights Away (Vacant) Manager of the Permit Scheme (MAPS) (Vacant) Air Activities The Air Activities Team has provided a wide range of opportunities, for all sections from across South London, to make use of our unique facility at the Scout Aviation Centre (SAC), Biggin Hill Airport. 

 

The SAC saw over 1070 users during the year, despite restrictions on tours during the Olympics and adverse weather restricting a number of planned activities. We organised and ran 15 badge courses during the year, making the SAC the 3rd most popular air badge venue in the UK after the have their full time salaried staff!). Some 15 individual Groups from across South London used the SAC, not counting events such as District camps. We continue to be at the forefront of innovation we ran an experimental Scout Navigator (Air) Badge, and the Comet airliner flight simulator formed the basis of a competition to see who could land challenging airports.

count of the tours we ran for visiting Groups, or work on badges etc carried working members of the Committee and colleagues in South East London, without whose

help very little of this would be possible. Creative Since last year I have assisted with information towards a circus skills day for Scouts. I have also led some special needs training and will hopefully be running more over the next year. With regards to Gang Shows I have reassessed the Greenwich Gang Show and am currently writing up the report. I have also seen the Woolwich Gang Show but unfortunately was unable to attend the Southwark Gang Show although I have heard it was very good. I am hopefully getting together a meeting for a County Gang Show and also a County Band. I was originally going to set up a craft day around June time but decided to incorporate this into INDABA as I felt that it would be most beneficial to deliver it to as wide an audience as possible. Nights Away We have over the past year trained a number of Nights Away Assessors in our Districts to enhance the support provided to Leaders in gaining their Nights Away Permits and enable more young people to participate in residential experiences. Caving The Caving Team have been more active this year, which is fantastic, enabling more Scouts and Scout Network Members to experience this awesome activity. This year there has been amazing work by the Adventure Team to enhance our Scouting programme and enabling more of our young people to

Development and District Support: DCC Development & District Support (Andy Melia) DC for Lambeth (Rachal Mayes) DC for Lewisham (Tom Nixon) DC for Royal Greenwich (John Sweeney) DC for Southwark (Liz Fricker) DC for Wandsworth - Acting (Trevor Quinton) ACC Development (Linda Hurford) ACC District Support (Trevor Quinton) The Development & District Support Team

21


continue to manage and support Districts, with a focus on growth and development. There have been some changes in the team, but much progress has been made to instil a culture of development across the County, with more effective support to Groups. This includes supporting Districts and groups to launch or review development plans and the launch of the Shane Barry and Vikki Kernahan had to step down this year due to personal commitments, and the County would like to thank them for the work they have done to oversee the transition to their respective borough districts. John Sweeney has joined the team as the new DC for Royal Greenwich, whilst Trevor Quinton has stepped in to oversee Wandsworth whilst a search takes also taken on the role of ACC (District Support), acting as a mentor to new DCs and managing the adult volunteer champions team. Adult volunteer champions are now in place in almost all districts, and are working closely with the Development Service to welcome and support new adults to the County. The team have met to agree common practices for inducting new volunteers, and are engaging with groups to ensure that all new volunteers receive the welcome to Scouting that they deserve. Within Districts, DCs have been working to build their teams and offer effective support to groups, in conjunction with the County Development Service. A series of development days have taken place across the County, focussing on both key issues such as recruitment and district development priorities. All districts now have a development plan in place, and will be working with the wider County team to review both the County and District development plans following the County Conference in February.

Youth Programme: DCC Programme (Robert Ludlow) ACC Beaver Scouts (Gemma McGill) ACC Cub Scouts (Reese Ludlow) ACC Scouts (Darren Lodge) ACC Explorer Scouts (Alex Ward) ACC Young Leaders (Amber Cox) ACC Scout Network (Vacant) ACC Top Awards (Alan Gregory) ACC International (Simon Emmett) Rob and the Youth Programme Team have and sections. Over the last year our sectional sections, with the continuation of regular visits to scout group and district meetings, activities and have received support and guidance with aspects of their appointments. Since the last AGM three new Assistant County Commissioners. We welcome Gemma McGill, Reese Ludlow and Alex Ward as the new Assistant County Commissioners for Beavers, Cubs and Explorers respectively. The County Team would also like to take this opportunity express thanks for their much appreciated work and support made by Jane Wainwright, Hannah Bishop, James Etheridge and Joe Mayes during their tenures as In conjunction with Matt Butterfield of the County Development Service, the Youth Programme team have successfully launched a range of brand new recourses to assist our adult volunteers Handbook, Programme Toolkit USB stick, and the Young Leaders Handbook have all been very well received and are making a positive contribution to supporting the delivery of programme within scout groups and districts. The supplementary county programme organised for all our young people has gone from strength to strength with more activities and events having been planned than in the recent years. The last twelve months have seen a very successful mechanics badge day, Cubs county quiz, Shelter Box scavenger hunt and camp, just to name a few. The Youth Programme Team have been busy

22


planning activities and events for the forthcoming year which will include a international trip to Disneyland Paris, a Global Challenge Day, a Young Leaders Training Weekend, as well as an increase in Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Scout Award training. We have achieved so much in South London over the last 12 months and have continued to build on our many successes. I have been inspired by the work of Groups and Units who have taken my Shelterbox Challenge, it is great to see! I truly want our County to become a Centre of Excellence and beacon for support. South London has some of the best Scouters in the UK so let us push ourselves this year to scale new heights. Thank you, for all you do in Scouting and for what you are going to do this coming year. You are all AMAZING! I will leave you on a high. The High Five Challen ! Yours in Scouting,

County Commissioner

23


THANK YOU FROM THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN

Our County continues to grow and develop from strength to strength by the tremendous work of our County Commissioner Paul O'Brien. During the past 12 months Paul, aided and supported by his team of Deputy and Assistant Commissioners, has made great strides in uniting and revitalising Scouting across our County. This can be seen at every level, from the increase in new members (another +3%!) to the increased support and encouragement for our existing members such as the fabulous County Conference weekend led and hosted by Paul in March. The County Team are out almost every night of the week attending meetings, externally and internally, visiting our Groups and listening to their suggestions. I would like to sincerely thank Paul for his energy, enthusiasm and dedication and his family for their continued support. I would like to thank the Trustees for their hard work throughout the last year and I look forward to working with those who are re-elected and hope that they enjoy the coming year. The appointment of our County Administrator in December 2012 now provides a unified and rapid response and approach to enquires both externally from new members and internally as a single point of contact for our volunteers. We thank Reina for her commitment to the role. Finally, I offer my thanks to you all who continue to work effortlessly for the young people in our County and I look forward to another successful and fun year ahead. Yours in Scouting

Jeff Tetlow County Chairman

24


CENSUS FIGURES Male

Female

Total

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP Beaver Scouts Cub Scouts Scouts Explorer Scouts Network members

912 1,274 981 220 7

348 496 338 98 9

1,260 1,770 1,319 318 16

TOTAL YOUTH MEMBERSHIP

3,394

1,289

4,683

LEADERSHIP Sections leaders Sectional Assistants & Skills Instructors Group Scout Leaders District Skills Instructors District Advisers District Scouters District Commissioners County Skills Instructors County Advisers County Scouters County Commissioners

270 89 54 1 0 1 7 3 0 2 1

255 75 28 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0

525 164 82 1 0 1 12 3 0 2 1

TOTAL LEADERSHIP

426

363

791

10 7 0 1 58 33

9 3 0 2 47 24

19 10 0 3 105 57

109

85

194

3931 3913 18

1737 1714 23

5668 5627 41

ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT District Administrators District Office Bearers County Administrators County Office Bearers Active Support Individual Members and Associate Members TOTAL ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT TOTAL MEMBERSHIP Members Associate Members TOTAL MEMBERSHIP

5649

25


This year our County had some very deserving recipients of awards for extraordinary service to Scouting and we are very proud of them and grateful for the time they give to Scouting in South London.

Silver Acorn Robert Crow Maureen Downs Peter Eastwood Irene Ebden Barry Munden Barbara Parsons

Carole Rivers-Simpson Beryl Roberts Jean Smith John Sweeney Karen White

Bar to the Silver Acorn William Compton Jennifer McCullough James Newson

Silver Wolf John Twidale

26


YOUTH AWARDS John Chiles Daniel Almond Fiona Thomson

Daniel Hosier

Cornwell Scout Badge Nicholas Baudry

27

Annual report 2013  

One Amazing Year