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Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

CONTENTS

Welcome from the Chairman

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Statement of Accounts

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Treasurer’s Report

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Independent Examiner’s Report 7

District Commissioner’s Report 8 Reports from ADC Beavers Cubs, Scouts Explorers, Young Leaders Network, Active Support

10 10 11 12 13

Awards

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Reports from the Groups Who’s who

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welcome

The past year has been one of real change in Lichfield District. At the AGM in 2012, John Burdett announced that he was standing down as District Commissioner after nine years in the role. Many friends from over the years gathered together in September to share memories with John and to thank him for all he had done for the District. Over the summer, with support from the Regional Development Team, we ran a search for a new DC and were delighted to welcome Katrina Creaser as our new District Commissioner. Katrina’s appointment was announced in late September and she officially started at the beginning of November. Around the same time we were also pleased to welcome Rob Davies to the District Executive Committee as our new Treasurer. Strengthening the adult support in the District is one of our priorities and we have embarked upon a programme which includes restructuring the District Executive and supporting Groups to grow their adult membership whether as leaders or in Executive functions. We have created a number of sub-committees for the District Executive so that we can target our activities and provide specialist support where it can add most value. We now have sub-committees to support the Explorer Scout sections, to support Recruitment, Appointments and Training and to provide the main Committee with financial advice. We have also seen the growth in Group membership and have been pleased to welcome two new Group Chairs to the District at 5th Lichfield and at Shenstone as well as new Group Scout Leaders at 5th Lichfield, Burntwood and 9th Lichfield (Saxon Hill).

Two of our Groups – 6th Lichfield and 1st Lichfield – took part in the County ‘Grow Your Group’ programme towards the end of the year and have really benefited from the practical advice and resources that were made available. They now have robust plans in place to continue to develop adult membership and prepare for future changes. We have been so impressed with the programme that we will be rolling it out to the whole District in January 2014. The Appointment Advisory Committee met 9 times during the year to consider appointments, reviews and changes of role. A total of 46 new adult appointments and 114 new Occasional Helpers were approved during the year with 35 role changes, 28 five year Leaders CRB renewals and 26 five year Leaders Warrant Reviews completed. The Vision for Scouting in 2018 as set out in the document ‘Shaping the Future Together’ is not only that scouting is enjoyed by more young people and more adult volunteers but that it is shaped by young people in partnership with adults and that it is as diverse as the communities in which we live. So we are also building into our support structures roles for young people to participate in practical ways – by being members of our committees and through the District Youth Forum. My thanks go to all the adults who volunteer to make scouting in Lichfield a great adventure for so many of our young people. I am looking forward to an exciting future.

Pat Russell District Chair Lichfield District Scouts Council


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

District Treasurer’s Report In my first year as District Treasurer, I am pleased to report that the District’s finances remain in good order. We started the year with total funds of nearly £40,000 including £3,829 in the Restricted Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery Memorial Fund.

The Lichfield District Scout Council’s reserves comprise of funds designated for specific purposes and general reserves to provide a working capital and to secure the continuity of the Scout Council’s activities for the future.

We spent £2,857 of this renovating the memorial at the Arboretum work which was recognised by a commendation from the Chief Scout Bear Grylls. Significant other expenditure includes £1,812 on lease renewal costs for the Beacon Park Headquarters building. During the year we have also invested in the development of the Group including funding a successful District conference. We finish the year with total consolidated funds across the District of £35,995.

The District is committed to developing an exciting and adventurous programme for all young people. To support this ambition, it is proposed to commit £8,000 over three years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16) to a designated fund for the purpose of investing in equipment and specialist training for adventurous activities.

The Executive Committee also reviewed and agreed a new reserves policy.

The general reserve should represent a rolling 24 months expenditure ensuring the provision of a suitable contingency to protect the continuity of the District’s activities for the foreseeable future.

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Rob Davies District Treasurer Lichfield District Scouts Council

lichfield district scouts - FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2013

STATEMENT OF 2012/13 2011/12 FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED

FUNDS FUNDS TOTAL TOTAL INCOMING RESOURCES £ £ £ £ INCOMING RESOURCES FROM GENERATED FUNDS MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS 36866 36866 37106 INCOME FROM SCOUTING ACTIVITIES 9360 9360 16700 DONATIONS 672 672 1190 INCOME RESOURCES FROM CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES 12 12 4387 HEADQUARTERS LETTINGS 1637 INVESTMENT INCOME 145 145 126 TOTAL INCOMING RESOURCES 47055 0 47055 61146

RESOURCES EXPENDED COST OF GENERATING FUNDS CAPITATION FEES 27772 27772 28030 COSTS RELATING TO SCOUTING ACTIVITIES 13323 13323 17667 COSTS RELATING TO CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES 580 2857 3437 2461 OTHER RESOURCES EXPENDED 6268 6268 3839 TOTAL RESOURCES EXPENDED 47943 2857 50800 51997 NET MOVEMENT IN FUNDS TOTAL FUNDS BROUGHT FORWARD TOTAL FUNDS CARRIED FORWARD

-888 -2857 -3745 33661 6077 39738 32773 3220 35993

9149 30589 39738


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lichfield district scouts - FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2013

ANALYSIS OF INCOMING RESOURCES MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS LESS MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION PAID ON (NATIONAL / COUNTY) NET MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION RETAINED

2012/2013 2011/2012 £ £ 36866 27772 9094

37106 28030 9076

INCOME FROM SCOUTING ACTIVITIES EXPLORER SCOUTS 6659 8962 SCOUT ACTIVE SUPPORT 547 952 JAMBOREE FUND 769 CUBS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 100 CUB ACTIVITY DAY 883 BEAVER ACTIVITY DAY 730 SCOUTS 6 ASIDE FOOTBALL 250 280 BORN SURVIVOR CAMP 3710 SCOUT WIDE GAME 16 SWIMMING GALA 84 165 YOUTH TRAINING 191 685 DISTRICT CUB CAMP 1077 9360 16700 INCOME FROM CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES EXPLORER SCOUTS 1455 AWARDS EVENING 12 40 ARBORETUM MEMORIAL FUND (RESTRICTED) 2892 12 4387 INVESTMENT INCOME CCLA INVESTMENTS INCOME 145 126

SUMMARY OF RESTRICTED FUNDS

2013 2012 £ £ Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery Memorial Fund 972 3829 Lichfield Pride Fund 2000 2000 JAMBOREE FUND 248 248 TOTAL RESTRICTED FUNDS AT 31ST MARCH 3220 6077 SUMMARY OF UNRESTRICTED FUNDS DISTRICT EXPLORER SCOUTS SCOUT NETWORK SCOUT ACTIVE SUPPORT

26922 25885 5362 6894 407 515 82 367 32773 33661

TOTAL FUNDS

35993

39738


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

lichfield district scouts - FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31ST MARCH 2013

ANALYSIS OF RESOURCES EXPENDED 2012/2013 2011/2012 £ £ COSTS RELATING TO SCOUTING ACTIVITIES EXPLORER SCOUTS 10642 9625 SCOUT ACTIVE SUPPORT 474 776 JAMBOREE FUND 1775 SCOUT NETWORK 254 62 CUBS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 27 128 CUB ACTIVITY DAY 609 BEAVER ACTIVITY DAY 476 SCOUTS 6 ASIDE FOOTBALL 250 241 BORN SURVIVOR CAMP 4068 SCOUT WIDE GAME SWIMMING GALA 313 314 YOUTH TRAINING 67 678 DISTRICT CUB CAMP 211 13323 17667 COSTS RELATING TO CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES SCOUT NETWORK 396 EXPLORERS 1674 AWARDS EVENING 123 133 MEMORIAL FUND ARBORETUM (RESTRICTED) 2857 ST GEORGE’S DAY 457 258 3437 2461

COSTS RELATING TO OTHER RESOURCES EXPENDED EXPLORERS 2799 2428 JAMBOREE FUND 289 AGM EXPENSES 147 145 APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE 136 250 EQUIPMENT WRITE DOWN 379 187 SUNDRIES, STATIONERY & POSTAGE 669 242 ADULT TRAINING 326 174 LEASE RENEWAL COSTS 1812 124 6268 3839

BALANCE SHEET 2012/13 2011/12 UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED FUNDS FUNDS TOTAL TOTAL £ £ £ £ ASSETS CASH AT BANK 15238 3220 18458 21933 CCLA INVESTMENTS 17445 17445 17300 CASH IN HAND 2 2 37 STOCK OF EQUIPMENT 88 88 468 TOTAL NET ASSETS 32773 3220 35993 39738 FUNDS OF THE LICHFIELD DISTRICT SCOUTS

32773

3220

35993

39738

LICHFIELD DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL. T he enclosed accounts and accompanying notes were approved by the Trustees subject to minor alterations on 13th May 2013 and signed on their behalf on 12 June 2013 by:

Pat Russell, District Chair

K atrina Creaser, District Commissioner


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Independent Examiner’s Report LICHFIELD DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL Independent Examiner’s Report to the Trustees Of Lichfield District Scout Council I report on the accounts of the Lichfield District Scout Council for the year ended 31st March 2013 Respective responsibilities of Trustees and Examiner The charity’s trustees are responsible for the preparation of the accounts. The charity’s trustees consider that an audit is not required for this year under section 144(2) of the Charities Act 2011 (the 2011 Act) and that an independent examination is needed. It is my responsibility to:

a.

examine the accounts under section 145 of the 2011 Act;

b.

follow the procedures laid down in the general Directions given by the Charity Commission under section 145(5)(b) of the 2011 Act; and

state whether particular matters have come to my attention.

c.

Basis of independent examiner’s report My examination was carried out in accordance with the general Directions given by the Charity Commission. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, and seeking explanations from you as trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit and consequently no opinion is given as to whether the accounts present a “true and fair view” and the report is limited to those matters set out in the statement below. Independent examiner’s statement In connection with my examination, no matter has come to my attention: 1)

which gives me reasonable cause to believe that, in any material respect, the requirements:

a.

b. 2)

to keep accounting records in accordance with section 130 of the 2011 Act; and to prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and comply with the accounting requirements of the 2011 Act

to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached.

Signed: MFP Smith BSc FCA

Dated: MFP Smith, 41 Manor Rise, Lichfield, WS14 9SL


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

District Commissioner’s Report Following our farewell to John Burdett it has been a busy year. Our thanks go to John for his long service to the District and the strong position in which Scouts in Lichfield District is in today. With growth over the last ten years and the addition of our new group 9th Lichfield John made significant contribution to Lichfield District Scouts and we appreciate his on-going services as a member of Lichfield SAS. Following the start of my appointment in November 2012 I set about deputising a number of the DC tasks to make the role more achievable for a busy person. I welcome Mark Hickinbotham, Tim Halford and Paul Creaser to the team as Deputy District Commissioners. Tim has an initial focus on adventurous activities and nights away while Mark is initially looking after adult appointments and training within Lichfield. Paul is taking on a temporary role to support programme within the District in working with our ADC’s for 12 months. I feel we have a very strong District team to take us forward, with knowledge and experience from long standing members and new ideas and thoughts from new members, all sharing the same sense of passion for all things Scouting. During the year we paid tribute to Hazel Kendell, ADC Beavers, who very sadly passed away on 12th July 2012. Hazel had been part of our Scouting community for over 47 years and her commitment to scouting was undeniably something special taking many roles over the years.

We also paid tribute to Mike Andrew, OH 7th Lichfield, who passed away suddenly on 2nd May 2013. Mike had been a helper at 7th Lichfield for over 15 years. As with many others in the Scouting community Mike would say yes to anything asked and then figure out how to achieve the task afterwards. Both will be sorely missed. As a new District team we launched our plan for the development of Lichfield at our first conference in March. The conference was a huge success, the District team felt a large support from the members of the District and the members of the District felt the buzz of a team moving forward. Our initial focus is on building the foundations of Scouting within Lichfield such that the overall growth and provision of Scouting for all in Lichfield will develop in years to come. My thanks to the support of the District Team without whom we would not be moving forward and also my thanks to the Scouters around Lichfield who give many hours of their time to the development of Scouting within Lichfield. Scouting and its values means a lot to me, it has given me many opportunities in life and developed me to be the person I am. I am proud to be a part of the development of Scouting in Lichfield going forward.

Katrina Creaser District Commissioner Lichfield District Scouts Council


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Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

ADC Reports I took the role of ADC Beavers at the beginning of this year, and since then have been learning the role and getting to know the Beaver leadership teams. In general terms, Beavering in Lichfield is in good shape. Most colonies have a healthy, balanced and well planned programme and most colonies offer the opportunity for a Night Away experience It was a little disappointing that not all colonies attended the Junior Awards at the Guildhall or the swimming gala at the end of 2012 and encouragement to participate and to give the youngsters the opportunity to take part is one of my top priorities.

A first meeting of the Beaver teams was, however, very encouraging with 23 participants including many ABSLs and Young leaders (despite the heavy snow). It has been a highlight to see the engagement of YLs in some colonies and this best practise has to be rolled out wherever possible. There was a Beaver Fun Day 4 days ago, so I hope that you got good feedback from this and it is likely that we will hold our first ever football competition in September – other ADCs in the County tell me that they all do this, so let’s give it a go. Other activities in 2014 will be those requested and supported by the colonies, let’s hope that we can get a stable and sustainable programme of District events worked out very soon.

A Regional Conference in February at a snowy Blackwell Court led to the information filtering through that we will have some new badges in beavers in the next year and we wait eagerly for the information from HQ. Finally, thanks to all the colonies for their hospitality when I visit. Chris Ecob Assistant District Commissioner Beavers


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Once again it has been another year full of activities for the majority of the Cub Packs in Lichfield with continued interaction between sections and groups and the opportunity to take part in many off-site activities. In June of last year the packs of the District were invited to attend a ‘Back to Basics’ Camp. Where those attending took part in bases covering pioneering, knotting, camp gadgets, tracking, backwoods cooking, etc.

WHAT A FANTASTIC BUNCH OF SCOUT SCOUTERS WE HAVE IN LICHFIELD.

The Activities the Scouts do, within their Troops, seem to get better and better and more and more of them each year.

In February the District Quiz took place at Holy Cross Parish Hall with 14 teams taking part. My thanks goes to Scouting Active Support who organised this annual event. The established events organised by District: The Annual Swimming Gala, St George’s Day Parade (one of the largest in recent years) and the Annual Awards Evening, were, as usual, well supported. The District Football Competition took place a couple of weeks ago. Ten teams took part and 1st Lichfield eventually won the cup after a really ‘hard’ final between themselves and 6th Lichfield. My thanks goes to Chris Ecob and his team for organising and running the event.

The part I like, especially, is the high standard they maintain in achieving these, and then they come and organise and take part in the dozen or so District events. E.g. District Camp, Cooking Competition, Activity Hike, Swimming Gala, Wide game, Water Activities, Climbing, Training, etc. etc. I am pleased to say that all the Troops take part in most of the District events Obviously because the Troops are so successful, the number of Scouts keeps rising, they therefore all require ever more helpers in order to spread the load, ‘success certainly breeds success’

Finally I would like to thank, on behalf of the Cubs and their parents, everyone who has put time and effort into providing the Cubs of Lichfield District with a varied and interesting programme throughout the year and look forward to another fun filled programme next year. Kathy Coy Assistant District Commissioner Cubs

As I said at the beginning, Lichfield District is blessed to have such a fantastic bunch of Scouters and Helpers: without them, their enthusiasm and input into everything, my task would be impossible. Ralph Barnard Assistant District Commissioner Scouts


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

Last year we did many exiting activities from rock climbing to surfing. All these activities were properly organised, enjoyable and safe. We had a very successful year with teams completing the Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and continuing with the challenge of doing their silver award by canoe.

Lichfield District Young Leaders have had a great 12 months and continue to grow in both numbers and experience.

At Explorers, we have had very entertaining walking weekends in the Peak District and Snowdonia; along with many other activities such as the Chase Walk where the team ‘Nobody tosses a dwarf’ did very well and completed it on their first attempt. In the summer holidays we had a week long ‘summer camp’. On summer camp we did a range of activities which included Surfing, Rock climbing, Abseiling, Orienteering, a day shopping, a day on the beach, Gorge walking and Caving. We had about 15 people attend this camp which was just the right amount of people.

Service team has grown over the last year with new members from the Explorer group. There have been ups and downs with Dartmouth service team but they are slowly progressing into becoming a better service team. Overall Lichfield District Explorer Scouts holds exciting and fun activities and some do have educational aspects to them. The group is growing and continuously gives a wide variety of activities for the Explorers and potential new people. The leaders give their all to keep the nights original and enjoyable with help from the Forum.

The Wednesday night forum started last year with Bryn as chairman but sadly he had to drop the role because he was too old. Dylan and Robin became the co chairman and George as secretary and the forum has been organising the program for the past few months.

The Forum and Nigel Theaker Explorer Scout Leader

The highlight of the year has to be the training camp held at Beaudesert in February, which saw a large number of Young Leaders from across the County come together for a weekend of fun and learning. Lots of training modules were completed in exciting and engaging ways, including how to deal with challenging behaviour, how to plan a weekend camp, how to teach practical skills to the young people they help and how to plan and deliver well balanced programmes.

Arguably the most rewarding part was seeing the Young Leaders sharing ideas, games & their own experiences. The contributions they make to the sections in which they help should not be underestimated; their ideas and enthusiasm inspire the young people (& the not so young people!) They should be an essential part of every sections leadership team. The time spent coaching and developing Young Leaders is absolutely worth it, they really are the leaders of the future.

Young Leaders


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Last year saw the completion of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition for a group of Lichfield Network members and the group continue to work on the other areas of their Award in the hope of completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Scout award.

Network is an ever changing entity in Lichfield. During the year Tim Jarvis stepped down from the Network leader role and we thank him for all his efforts arranging the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition. We have since relaunched a Lichfield District Facebook page and have arranged a partnership agreement with 1st Lichfield for the weekly use of their bouldering facility by Network members. This will hopefully act as a central meeting point for the Network members and from this core group other events will be organised throughout the year but principally during the university holiday season.

We thank them for their support of the district and hope to develop our Lichfield Network further to become a pool of trained and experience members in a variety of different activities who can be out and about supporting adventurous activities within the district. Going forward we as a district we will be providing further support for the completion of Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and Queen Scout awards and hope to start a new group of Network members onto a Gold expedition training scheme this October. Katrina Creaser District Commissioner

Network are a group who have been called on during the year to support district events and are a group who have been working towards adventurous activity qualifications and permits during the year.

Active Support Unit is the title given to the adult support wing of a scout district and we are made up of ex scouters and people with little experience as Scouts but who are prepared to help in any way to provide Scouting to the young people of Lichfield.

The way that Active Support Units work is that we can cater for members who lead very busy lives but still wish to play a part in Scouting; we only meet to plan our activities every two months. The last twelve months has again been a very busy one for the District Active Support Unit, we have assisted in the organising and running of lots of district events and activities. The events for the whole district include the swimming gala, awards evening, St. Georges Day parade, district conference, etc. The sectional events we have run include cub and scout quizzes, the cooking competition, etc.

The Active Support Unit has also a social side, we run our successful annual barbecue, we meet for our annual dinner, we also play skittles and socialise. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our happy band of supporters then feel free to contact me to find out more Adrian Robinson SAS Manager


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

Alrewas

This has been another successful year of Scouting within Alrewas Scout Group with the celebration of the 100 years of the scout group forming. The numbers are up again from last year. Beaver numbers are steadily growing in this section and they are still having “fun and friends”. Their enjoying being out and about in the village, enjoying camps and just being Beavers …! We have a full section with 36 cubs; we’ve had 11 cubs receive their Chief Scout Silver Award. It is also a fantastic achievement that 3 of the Scouts have recently received their Chief Scout Gold Award.

A big thank you to all the leaders and young leaders for their hard work during the last year.

In September we saw for the first time in many years the whole group camping together with over 75 members of the Scout group on camp for the weekend.

Andy Cheadle, Group Scout Leader

Each person on camp received the new group tee shirt and the group badge for their neckerchiefs. The Bonfire in the village was hugely successful event forging our links within the village and promoting Scouting.

Armitage

1st Armitage Scout Group has continued to grow both in the numbers of young people and also our leadership base. The team at Armitage are providing a varied and exciting programme of events from Beaver sleepovers to Scout summer camps (we’ve not had a week-long summer camp for over ten years).

Without the dedicated leadership team and strong committee none of this could happen.

We will continue to strive to provide the best we can for the young people and to make scouting fun and inclusive for all.

We have had a number of young people who have achieved their Chief Scouts award in all the three sections, well done to all.

Richard Butcher, Group Scout Leader

ALL CHANGE AT BURNTWOOD! New GSL Jack Boardman reports major change at 1st Burntwood. Our sincere thanks go to our outgoing GSL Lin Punnett, Cub Leaders Denise Maddox and Val Harman, who have all finished for personal reasons. They have left a superb base on which to build. I welcome new Scout Leaders, Emma and Rich Busby, new Cub Leader, Chris Quick and new Assistant Beaver Leader Nikki Bowen who are outstanding talent and welcome additions to our strong team.

Burntwood

We now sport a new and strong Exec, who are in the process of creating a Supporters Group for fundraising and networking. We are now fully IT compliant with email and website up and running. The next twelve months? A new young leaders unit. Nights Away permits for all our leaders. Wood Badges. More District inclusion.

Quality Scouting for our growing sections, and much much more. They’re our goals. Feel free to come and see us! Jack Boardman, Group Scout Leader


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Fradley

Fradley Scout Group continue to go from strength to strength and this year we had a record number of Bronze and Silver awards. Scouts have had a concentrated effort on Navigation and map reading skills and the group enjoyed a number of walks over the year. Other activities have included canoeing, archery, fencing and climbing. The Group send 2 lads to Kenya on the Orphanage build project and all of the village supported their effort.

Cubs enjoyed many activities including pioneering, map reading and first aid and had a visit to the National Space centre and there were camps where all were able to experience archery, camp craft and outdoor cooking. Beavers had a busy year trying fishing, farm craft, French lessons and food from around the world. They had a musical treat with an evening with the Boy’s Brigade band and also sport training with Lichfield RFC.

We had a very good year with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts enjoying various activities and camps. Membership numbers have remained good, with excellent weekly attendances in all sections. All leaders were very proud of the effort put in by the young people toward badges and awards which were reflected in 6 Bronze, 4 Silver and 2 Gold Chief Scout Awards being presented.

Our scouts attended the Essex International Jamboree last summer and made friends from within scouting from across the world.

The biggest change occurred in our Scout section – Goodbye to Katrina! We have welcomed Jack McEvoy as our new Leader, as well as Lisa Morris and Alex Walton into our team.

The Cub Section have recently won the District Football competition and have all taken part in two camps in the last twelve months. Beavers have started to enjoy more activities away from our Headquarters with assistance of our parent helpers including trips to RAF Cosford and to Leamonsley Woods.

As a group we did a Cycle camp in the Peak District and of course the annual Pantomime visit and always work to support all events in the village. Philip Hurley, Group Scout Leader

Hammerwich

The Group has continued with another very successful year. Numbers of young people in all three sections have remained good and we have managed to recruit a couple of new leaders and a limited amount of additional parent support.

We continued to bond with 5th Lichfield on 3 sleepovers and a trip to the Black Country Museum.

This gives us a good leader base to move forward in 2013. Mike Harvey, Group Scout Leader

1st Lichfield

The climbing facilities at our HQ remain in demand which is increasing as more sections from both within the District and surrounding areas start to become aware of what an excellent facility we have. All within Scouting and beyond are welcome. Jonathan Staite, Group Scout Leader


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

5th Lichfield

We have a new Chair and Treasurer nominated and a new Scout Leader appointed along with a new ASL. And we arranged a leaving party arranged for Scout leaders. David, Les and Toni who had been with the group for many years so a good send off was required. All sections now using On Line Scout Manager and a new welcome pack in use, giving parents more information on the whole of Scouting. Finances, joining fee and subscription payment plan now in use with preferred method of quarterly standing orders working very well.

The Group is planning to run a joint Cub and Scout activity at Beaudesert building catapults using pioneering and knotting skills. Rounded off with a BBQ. Aim is to help Cubs moving to Scouts and getting more parents involved.

Less time spent chasing things up and more time to be spent providing scouting with a combined group and 3 sections working together so children will be more excited to move up to a new section.

The Group now has a better structure with everyone aware of how it works.

Richard Evetts, Group Scout leader

Underground, over ground, on water, in the air, on ropes, thinking of others – the young people and adults at the 6th have faced all the adventure and challenges set to them with a huge smile and determination and have had a great year. Our Beavers have gone pond dipping, have hiked, cooked, sung, played countless games of dodge ball and raised money for others. Our Cubs have camped at Willesley, Kibblestone and Needwood. We have climbed, hiked, raced, used computers, kayaked, been archers and caved. We have continued to develop our scouting skills in firelighting and open fire cooking, navigation and communication amongst others. Our Scouts have had a fantastic year, camping, camping, camping and camping. We have also hiked played sport, cycled, kayaked, sailed, climbed and flown in gliders.

Our 6 for the 6th programme has taken hold with most of our parents fulfilling their pledge to support the group by donating at least 6 hours of their time a year. This volunteering hasn’t just been maintenance of our fantastic headquarters building and fundraising, but has been going on trips and camps, helping our young people attaining their challenge and activity badges and having lots of fun.

We have cooked and shown some serious scouting skills. The group funded a group trip to Wolf Mountain Climbing and Caving Centre where nearly all of our Beavers Cubs, Scouts and Young Leaders climbed, stacked crates, caved and showed off their archery skills. We have started the 6th Lichfield Film Club and are planning a back to back performance of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy of films.

Paul Ecclestone-Brown, Group Chair

Scouting isn’t just for the young people – it is for the adults too.

The last year has seen the group grow again with the increase in both Scout and leader numbers. The Beavers have been out of the hut as much as possible this year including their two Sleepovers at Beau and a visit to the Think Tank. Both Cub Packs have done the usual two camps to the Oaks and Rangemore.

6th Lichfield

7th Lichfield

Rowallan Cubs are very proud of winning the Overall team in the Swimming Gala and Maclean of their runner up in the football. The Scouts went on a joint summer camp to Kandersteg in Switzerland with Shenstone Scouts

and had a great time trying new activities. Boswell were triumphant in winning the Scout swimming gala. Adrian Grew, Group Scout Leader


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We are delighted that Toni Clarke has now taken on the role of primary leader at 9th Lichfield Scout Group following a long period in a voluntary role. Her experience and dedication is proving. We have had a busy year doing lots of work towards badges including “Animal Carer” with visits from a leader’s dog and the school cook’s Shetland pony and a trip out to a local pet store. We have also covered Science, Orienteering and Electronics where the Scouts made buggies to race. Our school janitor shared his skills in assisting us to make bird boxes.

9th Lichfield

Members of the Group were invited to a residential weekend at Saxon Hill last summer under the “umbrella” of Aiming High for the Disabled Child. This coincided with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Lichfield and we carried out lots of themed activities and enjoyed a day in town watching the torch go past

older Scouts move to Explorers. For the first time in a number of years we’ve also had girls joining the Scout section, both moving up from Cubs and joining direct from other youth organisations. Plans for 2013 see much more of the same - with sadly the freezer camp and canal boat camp having to be re-scheduled because

A number of fund raising events have taken place, including a car wash, two quizzes and back packs. These have enabled us ensure the group has sufficient good quality equipment and that activities are funded avoiding further burdens on parents.

Beavers are running at full 24 capacity. Trips to Conkers, Cadburys World and a themed Sleep Over at The Oaks Charnwood are a few of the beaver highlights. Cub numbers are increasing. We did three weekend trips to Cheddar Gorge and a camp at Blackwell Court. Scout numbers are again increasing.

of the weather, but the Site Service, Team Challenge and re-scheduled Canal Boat Camp now having taken place and much enjoyed by all. Dai Davies, Group Scout Leader

Stonnall

1st Stonnall have had a busy year with a focus on activities for the Beavers and Cubs. These have included climbing, sailing, kick-boxing, a trip to Woodlands assault course, Beaudesert activity day and night walks. We are a small group but try to take part in the district events such as the Swimming Gala, St George’s Day parade, firework display etc.

Kim Thomas, Beaver Scout Leader and Head of Care, Saxon Hill School

Shenstone

The highlight of the year was the combined trip to Kandersteg with 7th Lichfield. A life changing experience for all who went on the trip. The Scouting events undertaken also included a number of outdoor camps (in particular the Site Service Camp at Beau) the annual Canal Boat Camp, and the joint Cycle Camp with the Cubs in Derbyshire. The Scout numbers continue to hold their own, with a constant stream of Cubs and Brownies joining us as the

We took part in the St. George’s Day parade and were pleased that we were able to “march” through the guard of honour before being diverted through the disabled access so it was reassuring to feel included this year.

Ultimately our aim is to maximise the opportunities available to the children. Ian Bird, Group Chairman

Whittington

We went to a district camp, a main camp in Truro, bouldering, a Survival camp at Beaudesert and a Beginners Camp.

of summer family fun night and best of all, our bi-annual Gang Show run by the committee and leaders.

We also have events together manning a gate and stalls at the Village Fete, end

Dave Holder, Group Scout Leader


Lichfield District Scout Council | Annual Report & Accounts 2012/2013

Lichfield District

awards Monica Ackroyd

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 July 2001

David Arthur

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 March 1999

Ralph Barnard

Silver Wolf (SW)

23 April 2011

Ralph Barnard

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 2000

Brian Bull

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 May 1997

John Burdett

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 2008

Lorraine Burns

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 2011

Julie Carlyle

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 July 1993

Andy Cheadle

Award for Merit (AM)

1 October 2010

Kath Coy

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 2006

John Davis

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 April 1999

Roger Devey

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 April 2008

Chris Ecob

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 July 1987

Andrew Fletcher Medal of Merit (MM)

1 May 2005

Valerie Harman

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 July 2001

Sheila Harris

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 November 1982

Trevor Harris

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 November 1982

Michael Harvey

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 January 2003

David Holder

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 May 1997

Sylvia Ingram

Medal of Merit (MM)

1 January 1998

Ralph Long

Bar to the Award for Merit (BAM)

1 October 2010

Janet Lord

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 1999

Derek Lord

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 August 1998

Adrienne Moss

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service (CGS)

1 January 2003

Pauline St John

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 2000

Nigel Theaker

Silver Acorn (SA)

23 April 2011


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who’s who on the District Team

Katrina Creaser District Commissioner Katrina.Creaser@LichfieldScouts.org.uk Pat Russell District Chair Pat.Russell@LichfieldScouts.org.uk Mark Hickinbotham Deputy District Commissioner (Adult Support) Mark.Hickinbotham@LichfieldScouts.org.uk Tim Halford Deputy District Commissioner (Adventurous Activities) Tim.Halford@LichfieldScouts.org.uk Paul Creaser Deputy District Commissioner (Programme) Paul.Creaser@LichfieldScouts.org.uk Ada Robinson SAS Manager adrian.robinson2@ntlworld.com Ralph Barnard Assistant District Commissioner Scouts ralph.barnard@talktalk.net Kath Coy Assistant District Commissioner Cubs km.coy45@yahoo.co.uk Chris Ecob Assistant District Commissioner Beavers chris.ecob@elkem.no

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