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County Commissioner's Ramble September madness – everything started again with a bang! Lots to do and plenty of meetings to attend! It all began over the weekend of the Gilwell Reunion which was a scorching weekend and again South Yorkshire was represented and again the afternoon soirée was also well attended and enjoyed! The following weekend was our National AGM in London with the South Yorkshire AGM taking place the following Wednesday. The Jamboree party adventures were reported to all those present at the AGM and the evening was rounded off by an enjoyable buffet.

South Yorkshire Scouts Hesley Wood Activity Centre White Lane, Chapeltown Sheffield, S35 2YH 0114 246 8551 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?

We have the Apex Challenge and Information Weekend at the beginning October and as I said a lot of meetings!

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.

Plans for Winter Wonderland are well underway and also other events for 2012 are developing nicely.

Sheffield Sheaf District Commissioner As above.

District Commissioner searches are underway for new DCs in Rotherham and Sheaf Districts.

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.

Unfortunately the County Scout Camping Competition has had to be postponed but keep your ears open – it will be re advertised for early 2012.

I hope all your plans at District and Group level are progressing as well. Andy Moore County Commissioner

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 October 2011

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 Page 1 of 7

Winter Wonderland Freezer Camp 2012

Here we are again. What will the weather bring this year? We invite all Scouts, Explorers, Network, Guides and Rangers to join us for Hesley Wood’s first event of 2012 taking place over the weekend of 24th – 26th February. Saturday will be full of activities provided by the site. Sunday will be a day of competitions and challenges with prizes up for grabs. Activities to be included are climbing, zip line, archery, obstacle course, orienteering, cube and much more! Also included is a disco and a campfire, plus the world famous leaders’ quiz.

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 01709 863233, or Heather Davidson 01246 417336, or

Glider Dates

All this fun and action for only £20 per person. Leaders cost is £8, the weekend is self catering and buildings are available at the normal rate. Don’t miss out, book now for this popular event, visit for more information and a booking form. South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS October 2011

More glider dates have become available for 2011/12, book now to avoid disappointment. Click for details. Page 2 of 7

Terrain Zero Taster Walk There is lots of good walking at terrain zero level, where you don’t need a permit. On Saturday 12th November our two walking assessors; Phil Hetherington and Geoff Nichols will lead two Terrain Zero walks for Leaders, to give you an example of what is possible, and talk through considerations when taking a group.

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.

Both walks will leave from outside the main entrance of Castleton visitor centre (GR149, 829); off the A625; at 9.30 am and again at 1.30 pm. Both will take approximately 3½ hours. You may go on both walks if you wish. You need to bring: waterproof cagoule and trousers; walking boots are ideal, as it will be muddy and slippery; 2 spare fleeces/pullovers; hat; gloves; lunch/food; torch (hope we won’t need this). If you have one bring a map; 1.25,000 Dark Peak map is the best. If you normally have any medication, remember to bring that too. The car park is expensive so best to share cars if you can. You can get the 272 bus from Sheffield. We are not running a booking system for the walk. Just turn up, see you there! For more information contact: Geoff or Philip

GNAS Archery Course Pete Hobson has arranged 2 successful GNAS Archery Courses in 2011 and has received enquiries to run another course in 2012. There are no set dates as yet as Pete is establishing if there is enough interest for the course. The course is likely to be held in the Sheffield S12 postcode area. Each day commences at 9.00am and finishes at 5.00pm. The cost is £120.00 for a 4 Day course (normally 2 consecutive weekends) you must attend all 4 days as which includes the attendance of a GNAS Assessor on the final day. Full Payment of £120.00 will be required to secure a place once the dates are published. If you know anyone who is interested or would like more information please contact Pete Hobson South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS October 2011

High Ropes Activities New rules and guidance for high ropes activities (which includes crate stacking) within Scouting. 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 Guidance Full details on all of the above, including supporting documents are available from If you have any questions or problems please contact Eric Whitaker, ACC (Activities) on

Discovery Networks UK Discovery Networks UK is to sponsor the Pioneer Activity Badge in a drive to encourage more young people to take up the challenges and opportunities of Scouting. Using a list of ‘14 things to do before you’re 14’, the partnership aims to encourage young people to take on new challenges and live their life to the full. For more details please visit the

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Expedition Leaders Planning Course The course is run by the Young Explorers’ Trust and is open to anyone who is intending, hoping or just interested in leading expeditions with young people in this country or abroad. The course will offer planning, selecting members, equipment, food, member training, management of a team in the field, insurance, fund raising safety procedures, project work and how to minimise the environmental impact of an expedition. If you are currently planning an expedition, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss your own project with the course staff. When: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2011 Where: Hesley Wood Activity Centre Cost: £90 per person all inclusive including overnight accommodation. Non-residential delegates are welcome at a cost of £75 per person. To obtain an application form or for more information please contact the Course Director, Peter Drake

Ongoing Learning - Young Leader Module 15th January 2012, 10:00 - 16:00, Hesley Wood This informative and interactive session provides information and practical advice for welcoming, supporting and working with Young Leaders. It is for any adult in the Beaver, Cub and Scout section as well as Group Scout Leaders and District Commissioners; indeed anyone who wants to find out more about the Young Leader Scheme, how it operates and how the sections need to support their Young Leaders. Module Contents: 1. Who are Young Leaders? 2. Support for Young Leaders 3. Modules and missions of the Young Leaders’ Scheme 4. Working with Young Leaders in a section 5. Moving on – what are their options at 18? 6. Taking all this back home! This module will count towards your formal ongoing learning requirements. To book a place contact the County Office on 0114 246 8551 or South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS October 2011

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 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 or Training dates for 2012 will be out shortly.

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.

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 if you want to attend the event. Page 4 of 7

Discovery Networks UK Discovery Networks UK is to sponsor the Pioneer Activity Badge in a drive to encourage more young people to take up the challenges and opportunities of Scouting. Using a list of ‘14 things to do before you’re 14’, the partnership aims to encourage young people to take on new challenges and live their life to the full. For more details please visit the

New Recruitment Video A new video to help local Scouting with adult recruitment is now available. Aimed at an audience external to Scouting, the video can be found at and is an excellent recruitment tool. The longer, internal video shown to members at this year’s national AGM is also available on the same page.

Take Centre Stage at Windsor

Activities Review The Scout Association runs an ongoing rolling review of its governance of activities. The reviews are designed to remove unnecessary barriers to activities taking place within Scouting, while still ensuring it remains safe for our young people and easy for leaders to run. The start of review consultations have begun for climbing and miscellaneous activities. These consultations are designed to provide feedback on areas that should be covered in this review and will be added to feedback already received. Both consultations will run until 23rd October 2011. The climbing activities review covers single-pitch climbing, multi-pitch climbing, ice climbing and bouldering rules and guidance. It does not cover anything to do with local provision of climbing. The miscellaneous activities review covers Activities with no specific guidance or rules, covered by rule 9.77 in POR. You can find details of the progress of all reviews

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. Recruitment of Queen’s Scouts for the teams that will make Windsor 2012 happen is now underway. If you would like to be considered, you need to be a Member of The Scout Association and hold the Queen’s Scout Award, or be working to complete it by 29 April 2012. To apply, visit The deadline for applications is Monday 31st October.

In October send a cheque for £3 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.

What do you think about the Programme? The Programme team are currently taking a critical look at the programme to make sure that it remains relevant. They need your views on what you like about it and how it can be improved. Tell them what you think using the enquiry form on the website South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS October 2011

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Young Peoples' Jamboree Memories

As our Jamboree experience drew to a close and the celebratory mood turned into a more reflective one we gathered for the closing ceremony on Saturday evening. The King of Sweden addressed everyone saying 'I am very proud to be a Scout today'. The Jamboree flag was handed over to Japanese Scouts as hosts of the next Jamboree in 2015. A moment of gravity followed as everyone stood to renew their promise in five different languages. The evening drew to a close with a spectacular firework display, and a lightning storm. New friends huddled together to say goodbye in the rain and celebrate their experiences. It was an incredible way to end the Jamboree. The ceremony was over in a flash and to be honest so was the Jamboree, but the friendships and the memories we have will stay with us forever. On Thursday the 11th of August our time at Hoho had come to an end and the Unit came together again as a whole group at Zurich airport. The buzz of excitement when everyone met up again to tell their stories of the past few days were amazing and just proved to show that every individuals experience of HoHo had been truly unique. Back at Hesley Wood we were greeted by family and friends and the Unit farewells that we never wanted to see eventually had to come. As the unit members departed one by one it was sure to say that we were all feeling that being part of a journey and an event that was so great and spectacular has made us all truly grateful to be part of something so amazing; the Scout Association. The 22nd World Scout Jamboree is an experience which we will never stop talking about, it has given us so much to think about, and we have experienced so many new things. The friendships that we have made within the unit and from units all over the UK and across the world, will be friendships that we will continue to have throughout our lifetimes. Alice, Georgina, Kathryn - Young Spokespeople This is just a snippet of the Jamboree action, please visit for the full article and photos. South Yorkshire Scouts ROSYS October 2011

Roverway 2012 is a European Scouting and Guiding event for participants aged between 16 and 22. It takes place next summer in Finland. This promises to be another inspirational event in a country with a great deal to offer. If you’re lucky enough to be 22 or under on 20 July 2012, then here is your chance to experience a major international event as a participant. If you’re over 22, then there are opportunities to join the IST. Registration is now open. If you would like to find out more, or know someone who does, visit Information on the fee structure and packages can also be found on the website.

Indoor Rowing Fitness Sessions

South Yorkshire Scouts has established an excellent relationship with Sheffield Volunteering, the volunteering department at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union. Sheffield Volunteering promotes student volunteer opportunities on behalf of local organisations, local Scout Groups have benefitted greatly from this service. Additionally, last year in partnership with University of Sheffield Rowing Club they provided some taster fitness sessions for local Scouts Groups using their indoor training equipment. The sessions were extremely well received and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone that took. The Rowing Club would like to offer the same opportunity this year at Goodwin Sports Centre on Northumberland Avenue, Sheffield. Provisional dates are 20th, 27th October and 3rd November all sessions run 6:30 – 7:30. Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 24. Sessions are suitable for Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. For more information or to book a session please contact Volunteer Coordinator Helen Giorgi on 0114 222 8547 or Sessions will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Page 6 of 7

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