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County Commissioner's Ramble I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer period! We now look forward to starting our new term and I was pleased to see many members enjoying themselves during August either on summer camp or at the Hesley Activity Day. I am informed that close to 400 young members from South Yorkshire experienced an international experience over this summer, either at Group, County or District level, which is a great achievement and I have heard many stories from the young people, especially the Jamboree Unit. As we start scouting again can I take this opportunity to remind you that the County Annual General Meeting is on the 14th September at Hesley Wood to which you are all invited. Final planning will take place this month for the County Information Weekend at the start of October. This event is a chance for all Leaders to share ideas and learn new skills. Spooktacular will then be upon us. To avoid disappointment contact the office now to book on to both of these events. September is always a busy month, blink and you’ll miss it! Best wishes for the new Scouting year. Andy Moore County Commissioner

County Annual General Meeting You are cordially invited to the County AGM taking place in the Howard Walker Building at Hesley Wood Activity Centre, 7.15pm for 8pm on Wednesday 14th September. Drinks and nibbles will be served following a presentation by the South Yorkshire Jamboree Unit. All members are very welcome to attend, uniform and decorations as appropriate. South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS September 2011

South Yorkshire Scouts Hesley Wood Activity Centre White Lane, Chapeltown Sheffield, S35 2YH 0114 246 8551 admin@syscouts.org.uk www.syscouts.org.uk Exciting Volunteer Opportunities A number of exciting volunteer opportunities have become available within the County and have been summarised below. Are you up to the challenge or know someone that you think might be suitable? Rotherham District Commissioner To manage and support the Scout District to ensure it runs effectively and that Scouting within the District develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association so that that the District provides good quality Scouting for young people and proactively supports and manages adult volunteers. Sheffield Sheaf District Commissioner As above. County Media Development Manager To coordinate, support and encourage media coverage across the County, ensuring we make effective use of all forms of media. Maintain and develop a portfolio of images, quotes, video etc. Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) To work in partnership with the County Commissioner to ensure effective operation of the Explorer Scout Section across the County, ensuring support and communication is provided to District Explorer Scout Commissioners. Interested in finding out more? For further information and a nomination/application form please contact the County Office on 0114 2468551 or admin@syscouts.org.uk. Page 1 of 5


Information Weekend

When: 1st & 2nd October 2011 Where: Hesley Wood Activity Centre Who: All adults in Scouting, any role, any section, new or experienced What: A fun and resourceful weekend that will provide you with lots of information, support and skills to assist you in your role. There will be an opportunity to network throughout but particularly on the Saturday evening when a 3 course evening meal will be served followed by a guest speaker and drinks in the bar. Choice of sessions include: knife and axe, knotting, tentage, map and compass, sexual health, activity rules, risk assessments, gadgets, science, cardboard ovens, programmes on line, bushcraft, camp planning, special educational needs, DofE and Queen Scouts Award, tracking, problem solving, Young Leaders, pioneering, backwoods cooking, faiths and beliefs, activities, tree identification, partnership, fire lighting, tree identification, navigation and internet safety. Cost: £15 for the weekend - including meals, accommodation/camp fees, handouts and all session materials. Accommodation will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Contact: Lynn Moore on admin@syscouts.org.uk or 0114 246 8551. A flyer and booking form can be downloaded at www.syscouts.org.uk. A list of workshop preferences will be sent to individuals once a booking form is received. If you can’t attend the whole weekend please contact Lynn for more details of single day attendance.

Winter Wonderland

When: 2pm – 6pm, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December Where: Hesley Wood Activity Centre What: Visit Santa’s Grotto, write Santa a letter, have fun with Christmas crafts, fairground rides and the candlelight Winter Wonderland trail Contact: Elaine Lewis elainelewis@talktalk.net 01709 863233, or Heather Davidson 01246 417336, or admin@syscouts.org.uk

Glider Dates

Synergise 2012 Over the weekend of 13th – 15th July 2012 the County will host an activity camp at Hesley Wood for all young people across South Yorkshire. With dozens of activities on site and very little preparation required for Leaders, this event is a must for 2012. Please see flyer at the end of this edition. South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS September 2011

More glider dates have become available for 2011/12, book now to avoid disappointment. Click http://glider.ne-activities.org.uk/ for details. Page 2 of 5


Activities For all your activity needs and support and much, much more visit the South Yorkshire Scouts Activity Team Website www.sy-activities.org.uk

Sheffield Scout Sailing

Activity Rule Changes Hillwalking A number of small tweaks to hillwalking including: group sizes; route and emergency cards; roads within terrain definitions and governance for specialist terrain (such as glaciers) that falls outside the skills assessed in terrain 2. These changes come into effect immediately. High Ropes Activities New rules and guidance for high ropes activities (which includes crate stacking) within Scouting.

Sailing Courses Various Sailing Courses will take place at Dam Flask Reservoir on 9th – 11th September and 14th -16th October 2010. Basic, Intermediate and Advanced sailing courses will run depending on demand. The courses are open to Scouting members from 11 years of age. The cost will be £80 including certificates, course book and logbook. Sailing Fundays Fundays will run on 17th September and 1st October, these Saturday morning sessions are intended for Scouts who can already sail to some extent, to get a chance to go on the water and practice sailing. We are also able to offer evening taster sessions for Scout Groups by arrangement – try us. Information on all of the above courses can be found at www.sheffieldscoutsailing.org.uk or contact register@sheffieldscoutsailing.org.uk.

These changes are for implementation by 31 March 2012 to ensure those running activities have time to make any updates to their operation. Until then, members should refer to the January 2011 version of POR. International Activities Updated guidance to support POR 9.64e regarding taking part in activities overseas run by the host Scout Association. These changes have lead to a joint letter from Kandersteg International Scout Centre and The Scout Association this which can be viewed at www.sy-activities.org.uk Guidance Full details on all of the above, including supporting documents are available from www.scouts.org.uk/activitiesupdates. If you have any questions or problems please contact Eric Whitaker, ACC (Activities) on activities@syscouts.org.uk.

Training course dates and corresponding application forms for 2011 are now available. Courses are being well subscribed to at present so to ensure you get your date preference, please book sooner than later. Further info available on County website www.syscouts.org.uk/the-county/training.html The first Wednesday in each month from 6 pm until 8.30 pm will see County holding validation evenings in the Hesley meeting room. If you need to get any module validated from 1 through to 38 then you are more than welcome to just turn up on the evening however notification of attendance would be appreciated. Please email dctm@syscouts.org.uk or admin@syscouts.org.uk South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS September 2011

Creative Activities Conference The North East Region Activities Team are planning a Creative Activities Conference in May 2012. Provisional workshops include media, video and photography, crafts, music and bands, technology, amateur radio, gang shows, puppets, cooking, pioneering and dance. At this stage the team are looking for volunteers to help run the sessions. If you have experience or a passion for any of the above and would like to help deliver a workshop please contact creativeactivityconference@ne-activities.org.uk

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Let's Stamp Out Bullying Together A number of requests have been made to provide training to help eliminate bullying. To satisfy this need the following courses have been arranged: 15th September 7pm - Penistone Scout HQ, Barnsley 10th October 7pm - Trippet Lane, Sheffield Places are limited to 20 per course. Please book your place by using the training application form and send to admin@syscouts.org.uk.

Changes to Badge Requirements

A number of badge requirements have been updated or amended as of June 2011. Most changes are very minor, but for full details please see the documents at http://scouts.org.uk/noticeboard/302/changesto-badge-requirements-june-2011 which describe changes relevant to each section. For a full list of all badge requirements, please visit www.scouts.org.uk/badges.

You Scout - Explorers & Network With members from every part of the UK, Scouting represents a range of views. We want our public affairs work to do the same. That’s why we are setting up YouScout, an opinion poll made up of Network, Explorers and Young Leaders in these sections. We will be calling on members of this group to give their opinions on a range of topical issues, quite often at short notice, to inform our work with the Government, media and other decision makers. If you would like to be part of this group, please complete the registration form at http://bit.ly/gstaAo. If you are a leader who knows youth members who would like to help us speak out on behalf of Scouting, please do encourage them to contact the Public Affairs and Campaigns Team by citizen@scout.org.uk.

Media Workshops The Scout Association are running a series of free one-day media workshops to provide media skills to any adult interested in doing positive Scouting media work at Group, District or County level.

President's Pot 2011 President’s Pot is a win-win opportunity for those who choose to become involved. You will be making an important contribution to the continued growth of a highly successful Scout County as well as having the opportunity to win a cash prize. In September send a cheque for £4 to our President and he will put your name into his ‘pot.’ At the end of the month he will draw 3 winners who will win 10%, 5% or 2.5% of the total ‘Pot’ money that month. For your chance to win and to support the young people of South Yorkshire please complete the attached application form.

Congratulations to August’s winners: 1st: George Albiston – County 2nd: Sylvia Linley – Sheffield Hallam 3rd: Ann Oxley - Barnsley South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS September 2011

Saturday 24th September 2011 in Leicester Saturday 21st January 2012 in Leeds These workshops have been designed to meet the following needs: • To be able to describe the Scout brand • To use the brand to positively package Scouting • To understand benefits of creating a positive Scout image • To show participants that good PR is possible and how to do it • To demonstrate the importance of planning • To know what support is available and how to access it • To commit to action to raise Scouting’s profile through positive media work To book yourself on one of these courses, please email wendy.cook@scouts.org.uk if you want to attend either event. Page 4 of 5


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