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Scouting Editors: Chris James, Hilary Galloway and Elis Matthews Production Controller: Rose Wells The national magazine of The Scout Association ISSN 0036 – 9489 © 2009 The Scout Association Registered Charity Numbers 306101 (England and Wales) and SC038437 (Scotland) Published by: The Scout Association Gilwell House, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW Tel: 0845 300 1818 Fax: 020 8433 7103 Email: Website: Contributions to: Please note that the views expressed by Members and contributors in the magazine are not necessarily those of The Scout Association. Publishing Management: Think Publishing Ltd, The Pall Mall Deposit, 124-128 Barlby Road, London W10 6BL Sub-Editors: Camilla Doodson, Mary Cooch and Marion Thompson Art Director: Sally Laver ADVERTISING Sales Executive: Richard Ellacott Tel: 020 8962 1250 Printed and distributed by: Headley Brothers Ltd Printed on 100% recycled paper

CONTRIBUTORS JAMES LITTLEJOHNS is a member of the Youth Involvement Group. On page 58, youth editor Sam speaks to him about promoting the voice of young people in Scouting. HUGH FEARNLEYWHITTINGSTALL is a chef. He stars in his own TV programme, River Cottage, and his recipe for barbecued chicken is on page 48.




TO SCOUTING Our journey When we responded to an ad in Scouting earlier in the year, little did we know we’d be wondering what to write on this page today. We applied by writing an article on a subject of our choice, and answered some questions, such as ‘Which famous person would you interview and why?’ We then met for the first time at Gilwell Park in the summer, and felt excited and apprehensive because it was something new and we didn’t know each other. It was a typical summer’s day (and Luke’s birthday!) and we came up with some of the ideas that have made it into this magazine. We interviewed our heroes, tackled Scouting stereotypes and created some fun winter programme tips. Sam and Eoin got to edit some of the stories later, via email and working alongside the magazine team in the office, as they couldn’t make the first meeting. None of us have ever done anything like this before, and it has been a real eye-opener to how the magazine industry works. We’ve come from all over the UK, and it’s been an eventful journey. We’ve worked hard as a team on this, so we hope you enjoy reading it!

Cover photo: Allan Baxter

LOG ON – DON’T MISS OUT If you have moved house, want to change your section supplement or amend your personal details, you can update with a click of the mouse: • Sign up at – you only need to do this once. You will need your unique membership number to hand (this can be found on the address sheet that comes with Scouting magazine) • Log on • Update your details and anyone else’s you are line manager for • Logging on today also means you can access Programmes Online, the revolutionary programme planner!

Three things to do this issue

1 Get cooking with The Big Adventure 2010 camping supplement, free with this issue!

2 Watch the video of our youth editors taking over the magazine

3 Stay InTouch with the new Home Contact system. Turn to page 64 or visit

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8 Correspondence 10 News | Events, campaigns and updates 34 How to | Bear Grylls on sub-zero survival 41 country diary | How wildlife copes in the winter 48 camp cooking | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall 56 group in focus | Attracting new volunteers with 42nd Coventry 60 go international | Conquering the Himalayas 62 Health & wellbeing | Scouting and mental health 66 Faiths & Beliefs | National Faith Fellowships 68 Scout shops | Great stocking fillers for all 78 round our place | 9th Aberdeen go DIY 82 last laugh

Adult support 50 change in action | Scout Active Support 52 CV Booster | How Scouting can help your portfolio

FEATURES 18 Meet the editors | Youth editors introduce themselves 20 Sombreros, Joeys and Jamborees | Youth editors’ tales of international friendship 24 STAYING SAFE AT CHRISTMAS | Safety and fun for the festive season 28 Question time | Scouts interview their heroes

36 Girls, School & secret scouting | Lifting the lid on Scouting stereotypes 58 Real communication | The Youth Involvement Group 64 System upgrade | Introducing InTouch 76 Christmas quiz | Test your festive mettle in our annual brainteaser

CONTENT76S Opinion


7 UK chief commissioner | Wayne Bulpitt is quizzed on youth involvement in Scouting

Promos 70 Promos & resources

In THE SUPPLEMENTS beaver scouts Activities, games and insights to make the most of the Beliefs and Attitudes Zone | CUBs Bringing the outdoors in, and under siege at a Roman camp | scouts In response to your feedback, the Scout supplement goes back to basics and gets cooking outdoors | Explorers How to plan and review your programme, and tips on getting Explorers to weekend events | network A programme and awards special, with Queen’s Scouts, Swiss explorers and ways to plan | Focus Generational differences, wise words, big adventures and a birthday party for Adult Training All available at

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Chris Neal and Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner

Point to point At the end of the County Commissioners’ Conference Chris Neal, a Scout delegate to the British Youth Council, sat down with UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt to discuss youth involvement in Scouting

Chris Were you ever involved in making Scouting decisions when you were a young Scout? Wayne Yes, I was a Patrol Leader and later a Senior Patrol Leader in a Scout Troop with an active Patrol system. Through this I was on the Patrol Leader’s Council for my Group and we also had one in the District, although that didn’t work so well.

Chris Do you believe there are any barriers which stop young people from participating? Wayne Yes, loads. The biggest issue is how we support and train adults to facilitate youth involvement. We’ve learnt from the first stage of our work that we need to place our emphasis on helping adults; we need to change people’s perceptions and mind-sets.

Chris What is your understanding of youth involvement? Wayne From my experience, youth involvement means different things to different young people. To some it means young people taking on key roles such as Chief Commissioner of England or leading sections, but for others it simply means having a say in the things that affect them. To be successful in this area we need to be flexible enough to harness what different people think. It starts with us training and supporting leaders to ask young people what they want, because it’s about listening and not telling them what they want.

Chris Do you believe young people actually want to be involved in decision making? Wayne I don’t know. As I said earlier, I think it means different things for different young people. My own children have very different views of how much they want to be involved, and that’s been replicated by many of the young people I’ve been able to discuss the idea with. Chris Through the British Youth Council we work with politicians and other youth organisations. Do you think it’s important for Scouts to work with these two groups? Wayne In short, yes.

Chris If you could persuade politicians to prioritise one issue, what would it be? Wayne It would have to be to encourage more volunteering. As a large employer I believe the government is well placed to lead by example. For instance, by giving paid leave for residential experiences. Chris In our work with the British Youth Council, the prioritisation of campaigns takes a relatively long time. When the Scout Association is prioritising campaigns should we only choose issues which affect us as an organisation, such as Stop the Rain Tax, or issues that our Members find important, such as the cost of public transport? Wayne Picking which issues to campaign on is difficult in such a large organisation and although I think we should consider it, perhaps a more effective way is to promote active citizenship as part of the youth programme, as campaigning forms part of this. We should encourage young people to have a voice and be heard through our campaigns.

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See the ‘Scouts at BYC’ group on Facebook. Email Wayne at

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correspondence STAR LETTER

Right royal reply

The Knowle Sea Scouts, who went to Canada this year as part of their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, decided to send a postcard to the Queen. They explained what they had achieved, where they had been, who they had met and signed it. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek and they certainly never expected a reply. The Palace must have found out they were part of Canoe Canada, that they were from Knowle Sea Scout Group and then contacted Gilwell to get an address and write back to them. Does the Queen use Google? James Johnson

Our star letter in the October/November issue about where to dig a trench fire sparked a rush of responses. Here’s a round-up of some of the emails:  A few years ago, Hollygate Scout Camp in Nottingham recognised the problem and set aside a specific area. John Green  A local farmer had woodland that was of no use to him. We can use it for free greenfield and back-to-basics camping in exchange for tidying it up and doing some woodland conservation. Ian (Dorset)  Head to Gwent Area Scout Council’s Botany Bay Activity Centre where fires may be lit on the ground. Alan Hillard

The 1st Snettisham on the North Norfolk coast own a field where you can light any type of fire. Mark Savage  If you want to dig a trench fire or try other skills, head to Rough Close, Coventry, where I recently took a group of Explorers. Sarah Miller  At our District campsite at Thetford we have allowed back-to-basic camps with trench fires. John Sweeney  Belchamps Scout Centre has two sites dedicated to back-to-basics camping where trench fires can be dug. Nigel Ruse  At Polyapes campsite you can dig trenches and make a keyhole fire. Paul Francis

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Very Active Support It appears I shall no longer belong to a Scout Fellowship after December 2010 but a member of a Scout Active Support Unit, with a manager in charge. I feel I have lost my identity and, with a manager in charge, that I have gone back to work. We do not need a name change to do all the jobs we are already doing such as running District Scout shops, organising competitions, activities, cooking for courses and maintaining headquarters. Please leave the Fellowship alone. Alan Afford, Chairman, District Scout Fellowship Response from Glenn Walker, UK Adviser (Scout Active Support): We spent the last three years meeting and talking with a variety of people, and invited Scout Fellowships and members to take part in a survey. Although some Fellowships are vibrant, proactive and add a great deal of value to local Scouting, there is a large number that do not. The decision to replace the Scout Fellowship committee was made to bring the Fellowship back in line with mainstream Scouting and create a situation where Districts and Counties had to work closely together. Another reason was to hand direction of the ‘activities and support’ undertaken by current Fellowships to the District Commissioner or County Commissioner. Many adult-only Groups avoid the name Scout Fellowship. The new name reflects what they do, that is, to support Scouting. The new merchandise is optional and none of the uniform is compulsory. Fellowships that are as active as yours should not be greatly affected by the transition to Scout Active Support.

District Commissioner Development Day Thank you to all involved for a great day at Gilwell Park. As District Commissioner of a rural area, you tend to get wrapped up in the day-to-day running of the District and forget about the big picture. The District Commissioner Development Day really brought home to me what the Movement is all about. The enthusiasm and commitment showed was an inspiration and made me realise the expertise and enthusiasm that goes on at HQ to make our roles a lot easier. Every single speaker had a passion which was evident throughout and made me proud of the way Scouting has evolved over 100 years. Harry Mortimer, District Commissioner, East Glanford

Recent strikes and Christmas post hold no fear for one Group

Post haste Tiptree Scouts, who are part of the Maldon and East Essex Scout District, have been operating a postal scheme since 1980 and have had a great deal of success. You need a lot of commitment from everyone involved but they feel justly proud of the efforts they give, firstly to the community they work in and the strength it gives to the values of Scouting. Good luck to all the hardworking Groups that support this scheme. Rodney Sandys

The writer of the star letter each issue receives an i.Scout mug and a copy of Playing the Game, an anthology of the Founder’s writings. Both are also available from www.



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Events, updates and news from around the UK


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The future of Scouting Two hundred Scouting adult volunteers and young people joined Chief Scout Bear Grylls and UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt at Daventry, Northamptonshire, for the County Commissioners’ Conference. The event was the culmination of workshops and consultations that have taken place across the UK over the past 12 months, gathering the views of thousands of Scouting volunteers and young people on Scouting’s future towards 2018. Scout commissioners, youth representatives, line managers and staff gathered at the conference, where they listened to the words of Steve Cram, one of the world’s most successful middle-distance athletes. Steve spoke about his involvement in the restructuring of sport in the UK, leading to success at the Beijing Olympics. His key message was about remembering what was important in making plans for the future – the people; both the young people involved in Scouting and the adult volunteers. The thoughts and views coming out of the conference will be gathered together and shared with Scouting volunteers and young people across the UK through a series of workshops over the next 12 months.

National Training Award

The quality of training provided by County Training Managers was recognised when The Scout Association won a London Regional Award and a National Award. At the awards ceremony, Scouting was praised for the design, volunteer management and impact of the training offered and the number of adults benefiting from the scheme. See page 53 for more about the Adult Training Scheme.

Calendar of events MARCH 26 28 The Outdoors Show Bag yourself a bargain and book your tickets for The Outdoors Show 2010. Held at the NEC in Birmingham, with activities and equipment to suit Scouts of all ages. See page 14.

JULY 17 21 European Scout Conference Scouts aged 14-25 can apply by 11 January to get a place on the European Scout Conference in Brussels. See eurosc for details.

MAY – AUGUST The Big Adventure 2010 This year get cooking, with ways to involve parents and other adults in your summer camps and events. See the special supplement that comes with this magazine. Summer camps Book your summer camp at a Scout Activity Centre and benefit from a host of action-packed activities laid on by our experienced staff. See to see what’s on offer.

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Events, updates and news from around the UK

a guide to /activesupport resources for those interested in Fellowship /focus for managers /infocentre online catalogue, factsheets and help /magazine issues and supplements /media Scouting in the press /news daily Scouting news stories /pol online programme planning /scoutbase resources galore /waterways directory of UK waterways /kandersteg International Scout Centre /ccblog Follow Wayne Bulpitt’s updates

First-class service Never mind the mince pies on the shelves in September, it really starts feeling Christmassy when the first card drops though your letterbox. For many people this service is provided by their local Scouts. Some groups have their own stamps and the cost of postage is low, with money being raised for the Scouts or for local charities. Although most groups deliver within their immediate location, some will deliver over a much wider area. For information on running your own Christmas card service next year, see factsheet FS190002 Christmas Post.

Reunion raises the bar This year’s Reunion attracted over 2,000 adults to Gilwell Park and was the largest of this annual event to date. Personal

Following the launch of a new visual identity last year, The Scout Association has been highly commended for Brand Development in the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2009. Out of eight finalists, we were the only organisation to receive this status. We are continuing to develop and promote our brand, and guidelines are now available. Find them by visiting the brand centre at Future plans include a template system for local use, which will launch in early 2010.

development was the focus, with opportunities to try an activity, take a ride on a Segway, test practical skills or attend one of many training sessions, which proved to be very popular. The campfire was led by the service crew from Rough Close Campsite, and UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt hosted a reception and joined in a range of activities.

Opening the Lid A crowd gathered to watch the official opening of the brand-new Lid building which provides additional classrooms and activities, including a climbing wall, bouldering wall, archery

range and a series of high-ropes activities. The weekend also saw the launch of Scout Active Support and closed with the Scouts’ Own and annual meeting of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group. Plans are already under way for next year’s event. Put a note in your diary now for 3, 4 and 5 September 2010 to make Reunion even bigger and better. We want people who are interested in providing programme bases, campfire leaders with experience of running large adult campfires and the all-important visitors. For more information, go to reunion or email reunion@

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Want more? Visit Political round-up 2009 was the year Scouts made themselves heard in the world of politics. It started with the successful campaign against the rain tax in the summer and ended with an appearance at the Speaker’s Reception at the House of Commons.

The political party conferences provided a major platform for the Scouts Speak Up sessions, with young people from across the UK taking part. In Bournemouth, Scouts put their views to Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Conservative MPs and councillors met with Scouts in Manchester to discuss topics

such as the perception of young people today and climate change. Tom, an Explorer from the Arctic Fox ESU, attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton. ‘It was a well-organised, enjoyable event. We met MPs, asked them questions relating to matters concerning young people and listened to their views,’ he said.

ShelterBox launch super activities International disaster relief charity, ShelterBox, is set to move its partnership with the Scouts to the next level with a series of fun, engaging and educational activities to be launched in January 2010. A number of activities have been available from Programmes Online since ShelterBox teamed up with The Scout Association in May 2009. The new activities will be added to these and will also be available from the new Scout Resources page at James Webb, Scout Coordinator for ShelterBox said: ‘There are fun activities for each section, some of which will count towards badges. 2010 will also see the second year of Big Green Box Week. Last year, hundreds of Scout Groups did weird and wonderful things to fundraise for ShelterBox and we’re keeping our fingers crossed more will join in this year.’ ShelterBox will be at Gilwell Winter Camp, 8-10 January, and other events throughout the year. Big Green Box Week, from 12-19 June, will include the ShelterBox Scavenger Hunt, where Scouts solve cryptic clues while visiting famous landmarks. Register your team at, call 01326 569782 or email

ShelterBox has launched fun, educational activities for Scouts

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Keep up to speed with the latest changes to factsheets, new resources and policy news

Policy | The Home Contact

system is changing. Read the article on page 64 for details on InTouch and see your supplement for the relevant information for your section.

Updated factsheets

FS500005 | Key Policies of The Scout Association FS155058 | Guidelines for Managing Registers of Interest and Joining Lists

New Factsheets

Resources | Scout Active

Support Essentials is now available as a free download. It is also available as a print-to-order resource. Factsheets FS330096 – FS330099 have been written to support the transition from Scout Fellowship to Scout Active Support. Get all these resources from the Scout Information Centre, online at www. or via phone on 0845 300 1818.


FS295428 | Photographing and Video Recording Scout Events A hot air balloon flight is an unforgettable voyage, and Virgin Balloon Flights are offering Scouts and Scout Association supporters a fantastic Adventure Package (RRP £295 per person) for half price – just £147.50 per person. Enjoy a three-to-four hour experience, comprising of an hour-long hot air balloon flight from one of 100+ launch sites in England, Scotland and Wales; Champagne toast (or soft drink); a certificate signed by Sir Richard

Branson; and an exclusive Virgin gift pack with shoulder bag, binoculars, cap, pen, keyring and black Bloc sunglasses (RRP £35). Also, £5 from every balloon ride sold will go to The Scout Association. Visit www.virginballoonflights. or call 0871 663 0016 and quote offer code SCOUTS. Terms and conditions apply. Virgin’s balloon rides have a minimum age of seven years old. Minimum height is 4’6” and under-16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Get The Outdoors, indoors

The NEC Birmingham is the place to be Friday 26 – Sunday 28 March for The Outdoors Show 2010 and there are some great deals for Scouts: Buy five Scouts tickets and the leader goes FREE! Scouts 11-18 years just £6.50 | Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts go FREE! The Outdoors Show is a fun-packed event, with things to see and do for Scouts of all ages. Get all the gear and expert advice you need for your next expedition, and try out lots of challenging activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and survival techniques. For terms and conditions, newsletters and to book your tickets, visit, quoting SCOUT1 when booking.

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Archery in the woods

The 2010 National Scout Archery Competition takes place at Phasels Wood Scout Camp, Hertfordshire on 8-9 May. For further details, visit

VAT exemption

Camping at sites operated by Counties/Areas/Districts and Groups – clarification of the scope of the ‘membership exemption’ in respect of VAT

Historically, where a County or other Scout Unit operated a campsite or similar venture, it was exempt from charging VAT on camping and other fees for facilities when charged to any Members of The Scout Association. For example, if members of a Cub Scout Pack from Lancashire camped at a site operated by Somerset County Scout Council, the fees would be exempt from VAT.

New ruling Recently however, Surrey County Scout Council was advised by its local VAT inspector that this membership exemption could only apply to members of Groups and Districts within its own County, and that it must charge VAT to members from other Counties that use Surrey facilities. That ruling was confirmed by

HMRC HQ who intended it to apply to all Counties, Areas, Districts and Groups. The impact would have been serious. Apart from the extra costs suffered by members, many sites which are not currently registered for VAT would have been pushed over the registration threshold, making them add VAT to fees and complete additional administrative work. The Scout Association supported Surrey in challenging this ruling and we have received confirmation from HMRC HQ that our challenge has been successful. HMRC state: ‘We agree that supplies falling within the description of “facilities” will be exempt if supplied by any part of The Scout Association in the UK to any Member of the UK Scout Association’. However, the HMRC ruling does not apply to Scouts from overseas who are not UK members,

or to members of other youth organisations (such as Girlguiding). These groups are not exempt under the ‘membership exemption’ from being charged VAT. Exemption might apply for other reasons, the most likely one being that the supply is a supply of ‘education’. If you have any VAT questions, please contact Gary Davis gary. or Ian Russell ian. and include a contact telephone number.

Wetherby Explorer Scout Leader Ed Wickerman won Outstanding New Teacher of the Year Award at the 2009 Teaching Awards. Congratulations, Ed!

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Age 11 Hometown Harrow, north-west London Best Scouting activity Santa’s Grotto (see page 26) and going camping One thing I’d change about Scouting Encourage more adults to help out.


Age 11 Hometown Maghull, Merseyside Ambition Become a forensic scientist and a Queen’s Scout One thing I’d change about Scouting Give more young people a voice.

Age 15 Hometown Birmingham, West Midlands Ambition To become a teacher and a Beaver Scout Leader One thing I’d change about Scouting That people outside Scouting don’t judge it on what they have heard about Scouting’s past (see page 36).


Age 17 Hometown Torpoint, Cornwall Ambition To study psychology at university and travel the world (see page 60) One thing I’d change about Scouting The political correctness drive. I fear it will change the experiences enjoyed by Scouts.

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Meet the editors


Age 18 Hometown Aberdeen, north-east Scotland Ambition Career in journalism, but part-time guitar hero One thing I’d change about Scouting Reduce the amount of paperwork needed to run activities (see page 64).

Spot the editor

Each editor has their own colour splat, so wherever you see one, it means that they have written or edited the article.


A year ago, Explorer Scout Alec Stanworth was part of the team of editors that oversaw the youth issue. This time, we called on Alec to give our new breed some advice. He told them, ‘Don’t be afraid to explore some of the controversial issues and take some risks. Be creative and meet deadlines. Above all, enjoy it!’ We couldn’t let Alec off so lightly, so he’s also turned his hand to editing the Health and Wellbeing article on page 62. Since editing the magazine last year, Alec has gone on to be involved with the launch of Scout Active Support, a volunteer recruitment project in London and the Stop the Rain Tax campaign.

We’ve been

framed We’ve come together from opposite ends of the country to bring this issue of Scouting into being. Equipped with a combined total of 70 years’ Scouting experience, a flair for writing and a trusty reporter’s notepad, our task was simple: to plan and carry out a youthfulyet-practical issue of the magazine, and give you, the readers, some food for thought to propel you into the New Year. We just wish it wasn’t so cold! Brrrr!

Did we rise to the challenge?


There’s only one way to find out… read on!

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s y e o J , s o Sombrer When you join Scouting, you pick up 28 million new friends, but how often do you get to meet them? Youth editors Robert, Hannah and Luke take a tour of the world and tell their own stories of international friendship

Will I get to Sweden?

Hannah looks ahead to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree and wonders about the different cultures and traditions, and what Scouting will be like miles from home


weden 2011 will soon be upon us. Whether or not I will make the Contingent, the excitement is building all the same. A few fellow Explorers were lucky enough to be part of the 21st World Scout Jamboree, and hearing their tales just makes me bubble with anticipation. But there’s also a hint of apprehension at the idea of being away from home for such a long period of time in a foreign country.

That aside, the idea of meeting people from other National Scout Organisations fascinates me. I’m intrigued to see different uniforms, find out about different traditions, swap badges with Scouts from the other side of the world and develop new friendships. For me, it’s a waiting game to see whether or not I’m able to be there. Who knows, I could even be a volunteer at the 2015 Jamboree in Japan.

Just what is a mob of Joeys? Luke’s encounter at Hylands Park, Essex, turned up some unusual facts about Australian Scouting

At the World Scout Jamboree I was lucky enough to meet some Scouts from New South Wales. I was there with my brother and sister, both in their Beaver uniforms, so the Scouts started telling us all about Joeys – the Australian version of our Beavers. A Joey Leader guides a group, called a Mob, of up to 20 boys and girls as they learn about the world in a safe and secure environment. The Joey Scout Law A Joey Scout cares A Joey Scout shares

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Worldwide friends

s e e r o b m a and J My first Mexican friends


One of the best things for me about Scouting is meeting Scouts from different countries, says Robert. When I was six I met Scouts from South Australia at the Royal Adelaide Show, but the real eye-opener was at the 21st World Scout Jamboree

or my family the best international experience we had was visiting the 21st World Scout Jamboree in 2007. My dad is an Explorer Scout Leader and at the time I was a Cub and my brother was a Beaver. During our visit we met people from all over the world and learned about different religions. But for my brother and I, two of the nicest people we met were two girl Rover Scouts from Mexico. Scouting began in Mexico in 1920 and today there are 39,000 members. My brother and I cannot speak Spanish but thankfully Claudia and her friend spoke near-perfect English. The Mexican pavilion provided

us with the opportunity to wear big sombreros and shake giant maracas. We found out that Mexico is home to the world’s biggest Scout Emblem, which was made using over one million used

‘Definitely the Sunrise Ceremony at 8am on 1 August 2007,’ he said. ‘All 50,000 Participants were gathered by the main stage in Hylands Park to renew their Promise together. Knowing that Scouts around

the world were renewing their Promise at the same time was something truly special.’ He says he made friends in several countries, including Italy and Portugal, and that he is still in contact with them on Facebook.

‘Knowing that Scouts all over the world were renewing their Promise at the same time was something truly special’ cans, and won a Guinness World Record! Although my family were only Day Visitors, a friend of mine, Nathan Barry, was fortunate enough to be a member of the UK Contingent at the Jamboree. I asked him about his most special memory of the Jamboree.

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Worldwide friends

Me and my Jamboree

T Japan announced as host of 23rd World Scout Jamboree Where will you be in 2015? Luke hopes to be on Kirara Beach, Japan, for a Jamboree that promises to be a crossroads of culture


t 11.30am on 17 July 2008, on Jeju Island, Korea, the announcement was made that Japan was going to host the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Scouting started in Japan in 1913 and currently has more than 188,000 members. The Jamboree in 2015 will be the second hosted by the country. The first was held in 1971 in the foothills of Mount Fuji. This was enjoyed by 20,000 Scouts, who shared their experiences and banded together to help one another when an unexpected typhoon hit the camp. Some 44 years later, I wonder how many Scouts will gather together at the 23rd World Jamboree? I hope that I am one of them. The theme of the Jamboree is ‘Wa, the Spirit of Unity’. The Jamboree site is at Kirara Beach, an island beach with a national park on one side, famous for its birds and wildlife. At the Jamboree there will be a Global Development Village. I wonder if this will be about promoting the Scouting Movement throughout developing countries, or whether it means a local village concerned with our effects on the world’s environment? Another aspect of the Jamboree will be a Crossroads of Culture. Perhaps this is about Japan’s ‘Six years to go and spiritual community and I’m already saving the technologically advanced city for my plane ticket’ coming together. I would really like to go to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan, in 2015. Six years to go and I’m already saving for my plane ticket.

Luke quizzes his cousin Thomas about the 21st World Scout Jamboree and getting hold of a massive Australian flag

he 21st World Scout Jamboree was a once-in-alifetime opportunity, and I loved every minute. We met lots of interesting people, some of whom I’m still in contact with. Everyone had something different to add, with random songs, dances and foods from their countries. A really good memory was seven groups getting their tables into the middle of the site and eating dinner together (two English, two American, Hong Kong, Italian and Russian). There were only about 170 Aussies. However, we met a few and they gave me a mini koala bear! I got on well with a guy called Chris, and at the end of the Jamboree he gave me a massive Australian flag, which was taller than me! The Japanese Scouts on our site had three canvas sheets on posts, so anyone who went past could sign their name on them. They also had great red and white kimonos, and one of my group managed to swap something for one.

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The end of December is generally happy and jolly, but it can also be a time of great sadness, with homes being destroyed by fire and many people ending up in hospital. To find out why, and how we can all enjoy a safe and happy Christmas, youth editor Robert spoke to professionals at his local fire and rescue service and hospital


visited the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service headquarters and met with Mike Hagan, the Deputy Chief Fire Officer. When asked why house fires increase around Christmas, he outlined some of the factors: homes are decorated with trees and illuminated with fairy lights; wrapping paper creates lots of flammable waste; and people are more relaxed over the holidays, so not as vigilant to the risk of fire.

Doing the little things I was surprised to learn that there is a 15% increase in house fires during the Christmas period, and more than 11% of all accidental fire deaths in domestic properties occur in December. I was keen to learn how we can reduce the risk of fire in our homes and, in particular, what Scouts can do to ensure our safety. ’One of the most important things to do is ensure that every house has working smoke detectors. They should be tested every week, and the batteries should not be removed for use in Christmas presents. Scouts could test the smoke alarms of their older relatives and neighbours, and make sure that they too follow the basic safety rules.’

What are the rules? • Never overload electrical sockets. Turn off appliances when they are not being used. • Turn off fairy lights when you go out and when you go to bed. • Ensure that candles are in proper holders. Never leave them unattended. • Keep decorations, cards and wrapping paper away from heat sources.

Dr McKay told me that people tend to come to hospital having suffered falls on ice and discarded presents; cuts, burns and scalds from preparing dinner; and upset stomachs caused by overeating or food poisoning. He advised that people should avoid eating and drinking too much, tidy up tripping hazards, take care when going out in icy weather, stock up on basic medicines and ensure they have sufficient prescription medicines. ’If someone is unconscious, suffering chest pains, choking or suffering severe blood ‘Whilst, thankfully, few loss they should call an ambulance. If they have people will experience a fire a minor injury such as a at Christmas, over 80,000 sprain or small wound people will require treatment they should attend an for Christmas-related injuries’ NHS walk-in centre where they will be seen by experienced nursing staff. For help and advice about coughs, sneezes or upset stomachs they should visit their local pharmacist. If people are unsure of who to go to, they should contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.’ your local fire service or visit Finally, when asked what Scouts – a useful can do to help people who are government website.’ sick or injured over the Christmas holidays, Dr McKay suggested Taking care the following: Whilst, thankfully, few people will • Revise basic first aid (resuscitation; experience a fire at Christmas, over recovery position; treating severe 80,000 people will require treatment bleeding, burns and scalds). for Christmas-related injuries. I visited • Know how to call an ambulance. the Accident and Emergency • Know how to contact NHS Direct. department at my local hospital and • Know which chemists are open over spoke with Dr Simon McKay, a the holidays. Consultant in Emergency Medicine If we all follow this advice, we who, like me, is also actively involved can focus on enjoying the festive with the St John Ambulance. period in safety. • Make sure that anyone who smokes uses an ashtray, and that they put their cigarettes out properly. Ensure ashtrays are properly emptied. • Don’t be distracted when cooking Christmas dinner. The risk of fire increases when you stop paying attention. • Ensure that everyone in your home knows what to do in the event of a fire. Finally, I asked Mr Hagan where Scouts and leaders can get more information on fire safety. ’Contact

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Seasonal safety

Staying safe at Christmas

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Winter programme ideas

Thrills &chills The winter programme regularly flummoxes leaders. How do we keep Scouts amused when they have to stay indoors? Never fear though, help is at hand! Keep your programme fresh and exciting with these great tips and game ideas from Robert, Luke and Eoin Game: Santa’s grotto First of all, set up the hall with tables and chairs dotted around, and ropes hanging from the ceiling (to save time, try setting this up the day before). To get into the festive spirit, you could also hang tinsel and decorations in the hall. The rules are simple: one Scout is Santa, and the rest are his elves. The aim of the game is for Santa to capture all of his elves, with no one setting foot on the floor. The last elf to be caught is the winner, and becomes Santa on the next turn. Santa can wear a hat for identification.

Game: Indoor snowball fight To prepare, scrunch up newspaper into ‘snowballs’ (you may need to stick them into shape with a small piece of tape). Split the Scouts into two teams and draw a line down the middle of the hall – no one is allowed to cross this line. Each team is given some tables and chairs to make a ‘base’. The teams are then told the snowball fight will last for five or ten minutes. The team with the most snowballs left on their side of the line loses.

Wrapped up warm? Of course, there’s no rule against embracing the outdoor chill. See Bear Grylls’ lesson on winter survival on page 34 and grab a cold-weather bargain from Scout Shops on page 68.

Six tips to keeping the winter ng programme exciti 1 Plan meetings ahead and take everybody’s ideas on board. 2 Try out low-cost, indoor activities like hiring a swimming pool or a climbing wall. 3 Make use of the weather and surrounding area. Why not try snowball target practice? 4 Try outings with all the sections of your Scout Group. Scouts can look after Cubs, Cubs can look after Beavers, and Beavers can cause mayhem! 5 Try having an indoor Scout hut sleepover instead of camping under canvas. 6 Have fun, and spread some Christmas cheer!

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‘Self-reliance and real-life living skills will not come from computers or iPhones’ Scouts interview their heroes about what drives them, and their thoughts about the future of Scouting

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From camping near streams to making ice-creams. Youth editor Eoin meets Maitland Mackie

O Ice-cream man

ver the past few decades, the name Mackie’s has become globally synonymous with one thing – ice-cream! But did you know that Maitland Mackie, founder of Mackie’s, was once a keen Scout and Leader? I recently spoke to Maitland via a series of phonecalls and emails about his time in Scouting, and where the Movement is heading… ‘I’ve been a Scout all my life,’ he begins, ‘well, since ten – and I’m now 72. The skills and training I received have been important all my life, and are still with me. Scouting is special, it gives people the skills to be able to deal with emergencies and fabricate things outside. That’s what makes it different from any other youth movement.’ Reflecting on his time in Scouting clearly brings back happy memories for Maitland Mackie. And the skills and morals he learnt have stuck with him – he recounts a tale of finding himself hanging 25 feet up a tree, and cutting it down with a bowline around his waist – at the age of 72! His fondness for the Movement shines through as he remarks: ‘What fun it was. My journey towards the Queen’s Scout Award taught me self-reliance; to love the outdoors and others’ company; to lead a team through the many exciting, even dangerous, tasks we were set; and, indeed, “help other people at all times”.’ Throughout his five-year progression from tenderfoot to Patrol Leader, Maitland had the opportunity to attend three Jamborees in Finland, Norway and Canada. His camping experiences, he says, were enriched by the cultures and landscapes of the countries he visited: ‘Sauna baths in Finland, including a camping variety which is still a ritual in the camps of my 9th Aberdeen Troop; Norwegians’ love of the outdoors; and Canada’s wild open spaces. ‘I learned that no matter what class or creed, we can be a big, happy family. I’m fairly certain that if everybody, including the girls, had been Scouts, then today’s world would be a happier space.’

Real-life skills When discussing the direction in which Scouting is heading, and particularly the recent technological additions to the Communicator Badge, Maitland made his views clear, ‘I carry on my belt not a phone, but a Leatherman, and I don’t believe a day goes by without my using it. During my time in Scouting, there was a steer that we should start to look at computing and things of that sort, but we always came back to the challenges of living outdoors. It was by far the most effective way to teach people to rely on themselves and work together. We always came back to the BadenPowell basics of Scouting. ‘Self-reliance and real-life living skills will not come from computers or iPhones. When they break down, their dependents are stuck. The balanced folk are those who have learned to love nature, who can live in it and find their way in it – without a GPS. That is a Scout.’ In closing, I asked Maitland if he had a message for those with leadership roles in Scouting: ‘Leaders of today have my full admiration. You have a colossal bureaucratic hassle to put up with. But stick with it. The Scout Movement is, without doubt, by far the best youth movement there is, and has a crucial part to play in developing the balanced, self-reliant society for which this world cries out.’

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Record pedaller


In September, James Bowthorpe became the fastest person to cycle around the world. The epic, 18,000mile journey took him through 20 countries in 175 days. He was also a Scout at West Hatch. Current Explorer Scouts at West Hatch, Hattie and James quiz him Scouts How much training was involved? James I trained for about five months after getting my general fitness up to a good level. Most of the training was done in the gym, working on areas that I knew would be susceptible to injuries from being in the same position for 14 hours a day. Scouts Do you think your Scouting past helped? James Yes, definitely! I think that ‘Be prepared’ is the best advice you can have for something like this. When I was a Scout I thought it meant having a survival kit with you if you were going out walking on Dartmoor, but now I think it means that you have to be mentally prepared for whatever life throws at you, so you can respond well to it. Scouts What was the best moment? James Apart from arriving home? Probably turning east from Los Angeles, knowing that I had a straight shot all the way home – there was still a huge distance to cycle but I was on the home stretch! Scouts What was the worst? James Cycling across India while ill was extremely difficult. I knew that to recover properly from the illness I had to get out of the infection zone, which meant cycling 120-130 miles a day while being too nauseous to eat more than breakfast. I didn’t enjoy it one bit!

Scouts What made you choose cycling as your mode of transportation? James Cycling is a great way to experience new places. You can interact with sights, sounds and people much better than when you are in a car, and because you are going quite slowly you see so much more. You’re not tied to a train timetable so you can travel when you want to. Also, I wanted to do something difficult to raise money for charity, so riding a bike around the world and breaking the record seemed like a good idea at the time. Scouts Was the cycling continuous or did you stop for any sightseeing? James Because I was trying to break a record I didn’t have time for sightseeing. I had six scheduled rest days but these were mostly for bike maintenance and eating! I had to consume 6,000 calories a day, which was often not possible, so a rest day was a good time to put some weight back on. Scouts Which country had the worst weather for cycling? James I was travelling over the summer so probably the worse weather for me was crossing the Mojave Desert in the USA. The temperature was 45ºC and I had to drink about 15 litres of water a day just to replace lost fluid! When I went through the Southern Hemisphere it was winter; Australia had perfect cool temperatures for cycling but New Zealand was below freezing at night. I still preferred that to the hot places, though!

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Youth editors Hannah, Luke and Robert grill Bear Grylls about scorpions, survival and Scouting Scouts Why do you go to such extreme places? Bear That’s where the fun stuff happens. There aren’t many snakes or crocs in London! Life is about living your dreams and adventures, and that means you have to get out there.

Chief Scout

Scouts What made you take on the role of Chief Scout? Bear I get asked so often by young people how they can learn to do some of the stuff I do on Born Survivor, and I tell them to join the Scouts. It’s where it all started for me. For me it’s about encouraging a love and understanding of the outdoors in budding Scouts. What a fun job! Scouts How do you carry all your stuff with you? Bear In a small daysack – knife, water bottle and whatever I can find or salvage along the journey. Scouts What do you remember about Scouting as a child? Bear Feeling part of a family and learning how to do cool stuff that normal kids didn’t know! Scouts What do you hope to do in the next five years? Bear Increase adult volunteers, get kids off the joining lists and encourage Scouts to dream big. Scouts How do you think you can help Scouting worldwide? Bear By keeping out there, doing it and living the Scouting ways myself. I am so proud to be part of a worldwide force for good and I know that together we can bring adventure to those who, without the

Scouts, would never know how to gain the skills or live the adventures. Scouts What is your general opinion of Scouting? Bear We are the greatest youth movement ever to have been created on Earth. Empowering, cool, equipping, ambitious and pioneering. Keep up with the Scouts if you can! Scouts What is your diet like when you’re not filming Born Survivor? Bear Super-healthy to stay fit and on top. Minimal junk and maximum whole fresh foods, including masses of fruit and veg. If you feed the body rubbish it will perform like rubbish! Scouts What’s the tastiest odd food you’ve eaten? Bear Roasted scorpions. Scouts Why do you eat such strange things when you can go to McDonald’s? Bear To show you how to survive when there is no McDonald’s and you are lost alone at night in the middle of the wilderness. You never know when it could happen… You are a Scout, so be prepared. Scouts Where was your favourite adventure? Bear Climbing Everest with a small army team – we were on the mountain for 93 days, living in small tents, climbing 12 hours a day in -45ºC and we never had a cross word. Great team! Scouts How did you cope when you broke your back? Bear I struggled. It was the lowest time of my life, having everything I depended upon taken away from me. I couldn’t walk or climb. But I could dream. Sometimes it takes a big knock to make us realise what we really value.

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HOW TO SURVIVIETIONS #3 SUB-ZERO COND The stakes for the wilderness survivor get higher when that wilderness is cloaked in snow and ice, with temperatures below zero


he long evolution of homo sapiens has taken place, almost exclusively, in the temperate zones of our planet. Hardly surprising, perhaps, when you consider that, for vital organs to function, the human body must keep its core temperature within a very narrow band, around 37°C. If this falls by just 2°C, hypothermia will begin to set in and death will rapidly follow if the process is not reversed. Whether north or south, high or low, in winter or in summer, a survivor stranded in sub-zero ice and snow needs to be able to cope with the hazards associated with three very different cold-weather environments: wet, windy and high.

WET | In the Arctic, slush and wet snow may be very common during the long daylight hours, with the ice becoming thin and treacherous towards the edges of melting floes, leaving gaps of icy water, known as ‘leads’. Despite its warmer temperatures, this is why survival in the Arctic can, for different reasons, be just as difficult as in the Antarctic.

WINDY | Rather than being wet, a


survivor’s main problem in the Antarctic is extreme cold, exacerbated by high winds, blizzards and life-threatening wind-chill.

HIGH | The extreme hazards of both polar regions combine, to differing degrees, during winter in the world’s highest mountain ranges. The key here is to act early, prevent the cold taking effect (once you are freezing cold, it is much harder to get warm), listen to your body’s signals and, if in doubt, descend.

Bear’s five rules for sub-zero survival


STAY WARM AND DRY | Hypothermia is the number-one killer in sub-zero terrain. However, it won’t be the normal outside temperature that kills you, but the amplifying effects of the wind and the wet – so protect yourself from the wind and stay dry. Treat your limbs, head and extremities like children: watch out for them and look after them.


BUILD A SNOW SHELTER | Use the environment to shelter yourself. Snow should become your greatest friend, not your worst enemy. The most basic snow shelters are quick and easy to make. Remember, snow is one of nature’s best insulators. Bears hibernate in it, so it can’t be all that bad!


MAKE A SNOW STICK | Some sort of support, protection and prodding device is a vital accessory in snowy and icy terrain. It will stop you falling through thin ice, into a crevasse or down a mountain, and help you move through the mountains with greater speed and ease.


MAKE SOME SNOWSHOES | You must spread your weight when moving over deep snow. Snowshoes can be made from any number of tough, flexible materials and they are easier to make than you might think (see more info, below).


NEVER STOP BELIEVING | The temptation to curl up and give up must be resisted at all costs. Surviving in the extreme cold takes constant determination. But, deep down, you have what it takes. Remember, when you were conceived, you won a race against 500 million competitors, fighting an uphill battle – and in the dark! So you have always been a champion at heart. Believe and you will survive.

more info Bear’s new book Living Wild is out now, available from all good retailers. There is also a guide to making snowshoes on Programmes Online at (ref: 51451).

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secret Scouting In the past, stereotypes of Scouting were rife – that we are a boys-only, uncool, secret club. Our youth editors hit the streets to unearth whether this is still true of 21st-century Scouting

Gender balance As a girl in Scouting, Hannah argues that being a female Scout is only slightly different to being a boy Scout, and can offer a lot.


sk most people who don’t know about Scouting and they will still automatically assume that it is a “boys-only affair” and if you try to enlighten them they will immediately come to the conclusion that if you, as a girl, want to do “Scouty things” then you must be a tomboy. But why? ‘Quite a lot of people still relate back to the good old days of Baden-Powell when Scouting was just for boys. They do not realise that both genders now participate. However, the stereotyping of girls needing to be in touch with their masculine side isn’t exactly fair. I know of girls that have gone on camp expecting five-star luxury and been

surprised at what they found on arrival. As of yet I am sad to say I haven’t found an electrical tree to plug in hair straighteners (however, I’ve heard you can get a small amount of power from potatoes!). Nevertheless, us girls follow the motto and are prepared even if that does mean taking a bag down to meetings (it can carry many things). Although boys and adults may occasionally get earache from the complaints about creepy crawlies and bad hair, you will usually find us girls to be persistent and not want to give up. ‘In some groups girls outnumber boys. Girls may not be as physically strong but we are definitely headstrong and can find a practical solution out of a crisis.’

It takes all scouts by Luke Christian Scout

I know a Scout who is heavily involved in the Christian Church. He uses Scouts and the activities he does to express his faith.

Tomboy Scout

I know a Scout who is a tomboy. She loves the adventures Scouts has to offer.

Girly girl Scout

I know a Scout who is a girly girl. You never see her without her make-up and she doesn’t join in with games like British Bulldog.

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Secret Scouting

Moving on up

Robert reflects on why his Scouting experience helped ease the transition to senior school.


s you read this I will be coming to the end of my first term at an all-boys high school in my home town of Southport. The thought of moving to “big school” was terrifying – would I get lost? Would I get picked on? Would I get too much homework and be unable to continue with my Scouting? Thankfully, my friends and I have managed to find our way around; I have not been picked on, as my new school has strong anti-bullying policies, and despite the increased amount of homework I’m still able to enjoy Luke surveyed some Scouts at his local Scout all of my hobbies, including Scouting. Group, 4th Kenton. Here are a few of their replies: ‘When I look at my move to senior school and how obody in my Group is made to come to painless it was I realise that it was in part down to my Scouts; everyone comes of their own experiences of moving from Cubs to Scouts a year free will and really enjoys it.’ earlier. The thought of going from being one of the ‘The thing that people enjoy most oldest Cubs to one of the youngest Scouts and being about Scouts is the opportunity to meet new people. with boys and girls almost four years older than me at They can also enjoy our camps and winter days out.’ first filled me with fear, but when I moved up I found the ‘This year, for the first time ever, girls moved up from older Scouts to be kind and willing to help me. In school Cubs and were invested into Scouts. The girls are really our prefects do the same. They are always there to guide enjoying it. They’re having great fun, joining in with the you if you get lost and listen if you have concerns. many different games and adventurous things they can ‘Scouting teaches us many things, including how to now take part in. But be cheerful and to try our best at all things even ‘Scouting teaches us many the feeling among if we are not good at them This has helped me in things, including how to many of the boys school as I try new activities such as wood and is that they feel metalwork and try to play football! be cheerful and to try our constricted, not ‘I’m not good at football but it doesn’t worry me best at all things even if wanting to play because I enjoy doing other things, like visiting the we are not good at them’ rough games such local nature reserve, home to the Natterjack toad.’ as the traditional British Bulldog.’ ‘Some of the boys felt that although it was a change from before the girl-inclusive meetings, everyone should be treated equally and people that want to opt out of a particular activity should be supported and encouraged to take part in other things which they feel they are better suited to.’

Word on the street


Old school Some people at my school do still perceive Scouts as old fashioned –­tying knots and doing jobs for the community. When I then told them about everything I get up to with Scouts some of them are now actually interested in joining. During Scouting’s Centenary year membership levels rose due to all the publicity. I think more publicity is needed to show that Scouting is not an old-fashioned group for boys.

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Country diary

How does our wildlife cope through the winter months? James Taylor has the answers and some suggestions we can follow

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old, dark, gloomy winter evenings can provide a challenge when organising exciting activities. But if we look at how the natural world copes with such conditions, we can get some inspiration. Hedgehogs, bats, dormice and other mammals hibernate. Although they need the coldness for their hibernation, they do seek shelter from the most extreme cold and wet. Other animals demonstrate this too. Sheep will use a wall or hedge to avoid serious wind chill, wrens roost in thick ivy to protect from rain and snow, and squirrels build a weatherproof shelter called a drey.

Food for thought Before we had the use of fridges and freezers, food was preserved to last through the winter by pickling, salting, drying and fermenting. Squirrels and jays hide away food to last through this season, as do bees with honey. Many birds fly south for the winter months, moving to where

their food source is still accessible. Swallows and martins are joined by visitors from further north, including ducks and geese. We believe our ancestors migrated towards coastal regions for the winter months for this reason too; a winter trip to the beach reveals that there are still many fish, crabs, crustaceans and molluscs active, whatever the weather. Scouts can think of ways of preserving food and explore what changes happen in the process.

Indoors and out The lengthy hours of darkness might challenge you to provide some lighting. Find out about making candles from paraffin wax and beeswax. Building a snow shelter might have to be a sudden decision as snowfall can be unpredictable. When the snow has settled, wrap up warm, take some torches and go tracking. Winter doesn’t have to be gloomy. Wildlife gets through it, and by watching the animals, we might be inspired to work with the season rather than hide away from it.

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Activity centre

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2009 has been a busy year for Scout Activity Centres, with lots of developments across our sites. One of the highlights for Hannah Lee was welcoming Ferny Crofts to the Scout Activity Centres family, joining Downe, Gilwell Park, Hawkhirst and Youlbury


eptember saw the official opening of Ferny Crofts as a Scout Activity Centre, and the Ferny Crofts team welcomed a number of visitors from both Scouting and the local area to the site for the opening day. Even the local mayor came along, although unfortunately he didn’t try out any of the activities (maybe we can get him on the high ropes next time!). Just before the handover, I was invited along with some of the National Centre’s staff to visit the site. Having not visited the New Forest before, I was surprised that such an unspoilt National Park was so close and accessible to London, not to mention the abundance of wild ponies wandering around – it’s easy to see where inspiration for the logo comes from!

of the local area, but having seen the variety of activities available and landscape at the centre, I’m not sure that Scout groups would want (or need) to leave! Whether you would like to run activities such as mountain biking or the adventure course yourself, or want to try some high-adrenaline, instructor-led activities, Ferny Crofts has a range of both available, and the team can advise you on how to get the most out of your visit.

more info Beat the rush and book your space at Ferny Crofts by visiting sac. Email fernycrofts.activity. or call 0238 084 5092.

Ready for an adventure Ferny Crofts is set in amazing surroundings and is an ideal location from which to explore the attractions

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BIG Adventure …gets cooking! the

The Big Adventure helped thousands of people recruit more volunteers for Scouting in 2009 – now it’s back for summer 2010. Rosie Shepherd explains how you can get involved in this proven recipe for success

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ut simply, The Big Adventure is a way to recruit new adults into Scouting. It is about inviting parents to take part in a camp or residential event as part of the leadership team. By taking an active part in the event, parents get to experience the best Scouting has to offer, encouraging them to volunteer again in the future.

When is it happening? The Big Adventure happens when you make it happen – from 1 May to 31 August 2010. Any camp or event running during this time can be part of The Big Adventure, just by inviting parents to become part of it.

‘Lots of people said they hadn’t gone camping in years, but every one of them went home from camp with a completely different outlook on Scouting’

Why should you take part? If you need more adult help then you should take part. It’s all about recruiting more adults. The Big Adventure can link to a camp or residential experience that you are already running – you don’t need to create a separate event in order to recruit volunteers.

Why cooking? Good food is an essential part of a successful camp or activity day. When chatting to parents, see who might like to offer their culinary skills to make your camp food a bit more interesting. But make sure they don’t spend the whole camp at the stove! ‘I was amazed at how many parents agreed to help and every one of them went home with a different outlook on Scouting. Now they know it’s not just about flagpoles and badges. It’s about burning toast, building rafts and chatting around the fire.’ Emma, Cub Scout Leader

ED HOW TO GET INVOLV To be involved, all you need to do is invite parents to become part of the leadership team for your event. You don’t need to run anything extra – your Big Adventure event could simply be your normal summer camp.

Don’t miss your free guide

All the information you need is included in the step-by-step guide to The Big Adventure included free with this issue of Scouting. The guide will give you ideas and support about everything from whom to ask to help, supporting them during your event and following up afterwards.

What’s in it for me? Attract new adult volunteers Build your leadership team Get extra support for your camps or activity days Get to know the parents

more info

Other free resources for potential volunteers will also be available to order in February – look out for more information in the February/March edition of Scouting. More information and support is available at www. thebigadventure

‘Camping is when Scouting really comes alive. For a mum or dad, being part of a team that puts up the tents, cooks lunch over a fire or teaches Scouts about the stars or wildlife could be a life-changing experience. ‘The Big Adventure is a chance for them to discover who they are and what they can do. It’s also a chance for them to get their first real taste of volunteering for Scouting. Don’t be shy about asking. I wasn’t involved in Scouting until someone asked me and I jumped at the chance. Adventure isn’t just for young people or those of us already wearing neckerchiefs; it’s for everyone. There’s lots of talent among our 800,000 parents. Let’s bring some of that into Scouting. Just ask – that’s all it takes.’ Chief Scout, Bear Grylls

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We meet some of Scouting’s bravest and boldest members, and they’re not even 25 yet!


Britain’s best

Mountain climber

Ten-year-old Cub Scout Jack is one of the youngest people ever to conquer Africa’s three highest mountains – Kilimanjaro, Meru and Kenya. In total, he scaled 15,670 metres over two weeks – alongside his mother, Sue – and raised money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, as well as Sebastian’s Action Trust. ‘Sebastian was a young boy like me, just a bit older,’ recalls Jack. ‘He died of cancer, which is very, very tragic, and upset me incredibly.

‘The reason I sponsored the Air Ambulance is because it helps people like Sebastian – but, also, it’s cool how it takes people around.’ The decision to attempt the feat came to the intrepid explorer while out walking with his mum. ‘We talked about climbing a mountain and I thought it would be a good idea to be the youngest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Then, why stop at one? Climb two more! ‘I can’t believe I’ve done it! It was very tough. I’m really emotional and happy.’

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Young achievers

Llangollen Scouts

Jack with his guide (main image); Llangollen Scouts (right)

Life savers

A group of 16-year-old Llangollen Scouts displayed extraordinary bravery on what was scheduled to be an ordinary day when they were on a three-day expedition canoeing down the River Wye. The five Explorer Scouts, Gavin, George, James, Suzie and Sam, were paddling from Glasbury in Powys to Hoarwithy in Herefordshire when they saw a group, in locally hired boats, in distress. One of their canoes was stuck against the pillar of a bridge because of a strong current. The boat had tipped over, throwing one paddler into the river and leaving the other – a young pregnant woman – standing terrified in the sinking canoe.

Three of the quick-thinking Explorer Scouts went to the aid of the party, one going after the person in the water and the others rescuing the woman from the boat. Gavin said: ‘Once I’d assessed the person in the water was OK, I paddled upstream, against the strong current, towards the lady in the sinking canoe, which was pinned against the bridge. ‘Me and James shouted to her to reassure her and told her to jump in the water, where we’d catch her. But she was scared and didn’t want to, telling us that she was pregnant. ‘Eventually, with George’s help, we managed to get a boat alongside her and the woman was able to get in so we could take her to the side, where she was looked after by Sam and Suzie while we recovered the battered boat.’

‘Scouting makes me feel good. Simply by doing something worthwhile, I’ve achieved so much’ MARY ESTALL

Mary Estall

Queen’s Scout

The Queen’s Scout Award is the top achievement for young people in Scouting. For Mary Estall, she used it to improve her fitness levels and lost more than seven stone in two years. She said: ‘I wanted something to motivate myself and the Queen’s Scout Award seemed like the right incentive, so I did

the physical element first. I did British Military Fitness training for six months before even attempting the expedition element.’ She then spent four weeks on a tall-ships race, working with disabled and able-bodied sailors. For her service element, Mary helped out at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Scout Group, something she will continue. ‘Scouting makes me feel good,’ she added. ‘Simply by doing something worthwhile, I’ve achieved so much.’ Mary was one of 145 Queen’s Scouts picking up their award at the Science Museum in October. Chief Scout Bear Grylls was there to congratulate them.

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Camp cooking


Tom Beard


‘This is a very appealing way to cook chicken, whether you serve it up hot or leave it to cool and make it part of a picnic,’ writes guest chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

here are no hard and fast rules about the herbs – just use what you’ve got and what you like. Having said that, combining one or two ‘lighter’ herbs, such as parsley and chervil, with a smaller quantity of a stronger leaf, such as thyme, marjoram, oregano or tarragon, is a good way to go. This recipe works best over a hot open fire or barbecue, but can easily be transported back to the kitchen.

Ingredients (Serves 6) 3-4 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil 1 /2 tsp English mustard 3 tbsp chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley and chives, plus a little tarragon or thyme A little grated lemon zest A squeeze of lemon juice 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped 1 chicken, jointed, or about 1.5kg chicken pieces on the bone Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • Combine the oil, mustard, herbs, lemon zest and juice, garlic and plenty of pepper (but no salt) in a large bowl. Slash the chicken in a few places so the flavours can penetrate, then toss the pieces in the marinade; they should be coated, but not swimming in oil. Leave in a cool place to marinate for at least an hour, up to 4 hours. • Before cooking, pat off excess oil, then season the chicken with a little salt. Grill on a moderately hot barbecue or a cast-iron griddle pan, turning regularly until the skin is golden brown, and a little charred in places. Check that the juices run clear when the thickest part of the meat is pierced with a knife or skewer. • On the fire, give the breast pieces about 15 minutes on the hotter part and the more muscular legs and wings at least 25 minutes on a cooler part. • Transfer the chicken to a warm dish, season and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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cember 2010 couting has until 31 De from Scout to make the full transition Support. tive Fellowship to Scout Ac tricts and Dis , Ahead of that, Groups t is required por sup at wh Counties are examining new opportunities have in their patch and what their development plan. opened up, detailed on s plans and conversation Here’s a selection of the happening right now. a real chance to put ‘Scout Active Support is ce, engage with the a proper structure in pla start up Units where younger members, and in the past. I have ive we have not been act port at my County Sup tive discussed Scout Ac meeting and the team District Commissioners’ unity.’ saw it as a great opport ty Commissioner, un Co s, me Richard Ha Cambridgeshire the younger ‘It’s a step forward getting interested. ent members of the Movem Fellowship, there n ntio me Currently, when you

it is only for older adults. is a preconception that ied age range and var In Hastings, we have a . I have a meeting ive act y our Fellowship is ver gs, Rye and District planned with the Hastin tee to discuss the Scout Fellowship commit at happens next.’ transition process and wh t Commissioner, Judith Collins, Distric trict Hastings, Rye and Dis s who often put on ‘We’re a group of leader ies and get involved ivit act events, help out at at we do with our in projects, on top of wh gs just for us, from sections. We also do thin g for Snowdonia. a local pub quiz to headin formalising this ‘We’ve been thinking of us, including people and getting others to join involved in Scouting n we know who have bee had no link. We e o’v before and others wh the old image put but p, shi thought of a Fellow port has arrived at just us off. Scout Active Sup all of the boxes for us.’ the right time and ticks Scout Leader, David Morris, Explorer Wrexham

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Q at Bla keney Quay to a BB instruct Scouts in fireCentre in ge Lod h Hig the other o run lighti ng, lashing and Thetford Forest. We als k Scouti ng ski lls. We loo ps night tw ice chi d an iz qu a camps, after car pa rki ng for a year for fundraising. bs, ed road crossi ngs for Cu Ou r ow n events | Devis er kit checki ng for Scout oth for on t and pu ting se night hikes, fire-l igh people to attend, the – s rer plo Ex for on d an instructi lls ski er off events o do the list goes on. We als dra isi ng. fun th wi lp he ce, a fai r bit of ma intenan We teach older Cubs, g. pa inting and decoratin Scouts, Ex plorers and We are asked to help adults fire-l ighting, sted because we can be tru foi l and can cooking, here to tur n up, and somew pioneeri ng – anyth ing p is . withi n the Fel lowshi that supports Scouti ng er the knowledge to cov . all aspects of Scouti ng more info are ese Th | nts eve Social Find out more about for y rel events we run pu Scout Active Suppor t s the team. The group ha opportunities at ry eve t ou one summer day ww s: year for all the familie activesuppor t ing at anything from crabb

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Rosie Shepherd takes a look at how Scouting training can positively add to your portfolio


E pay RIS nagement An ILM Ma Award meant an unexpected pay rise for one member.

‘I never expected my e my employer to recognis er Scouting experience oth ILM t bu y, all orm inf than ed Membership has provid lue va a g cin pla of s an a me me on it. It has also made to ple peo few the one of ed be financia lly reward a as yer plo em ir by the od result of holding a Wo if er nd wo w no I e. Badg t my senior managemen y tar un vol er oth for roles be organisations should o.’ included in my portfoli


he training you do for your Scouting role is designed to give you the skills, tools and knowledge to help you perform in that role. But it has other benefits, too, because the skills and experience you gain are also relevant outside of Scouting. There are a number of ways your Scouting training and experience can be formally recognised by other organisations – helping you to show other people, such as your employer, how your Scouting experiences translate into other areas

of your life. They will also look great on your CV!

Open College Network (OCN) Awards

These awards are linked to the Wood Badge routes for section leaders, managers and supporters. There are two Level 2 Awards: • Providing Voluntary Youth Services (for section leaders) • Managing Voluntary Youth Services (for managers and supporters) To complete either award, you will need to collect evidence that shows you can meet the

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Adult training

Dad delighted by development Richard Edwards cherishes the confidence he has gained through Scouting training ‘I started in Scouting as a parent helper, assisting at Pack meetings and at various camps. I was appointed as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader in 2003 and as a Cub Scout Leader the following year, attending various training courses to gain my Wood Badge. I also registered for the Open College Network (OCN) Award in Providing Voluntary Youth Services, which I achieved in 2009. ‘Completing the OCN Award made me look at elements of Scouting training

requirements – some of this evidence may be the same as that collected for your Wood Badge.

Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) The Institute of Leadership and Management is a professional body for managers who partner with individuals and employers across the world to improve leadership and management performance through learning and development. Benefits of membership include professional recognition, post-nominal

in greater detail and reflect on the information given and its application. I had considered a diverse set of skills and had a greater depth of Scouting knowledge and understanding as a consequence of the process. ‘It was great to gain external recognition for my volunteer role, as well as earning my Wood Badge. I have added it to my CV, but the most important thing is the boost in selfconfidence and self-esteem. It definitely values the contribution leaders make to their Scouting.’

letters and access to resources and events. If you hold a Wood Badge, you can join the ILM as an Associate Member, at a discounted rate. Other qualifications or experience, or a further three years of experience in your Scouting role, will allow you to go on to become a Member.

Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL) ITOL is the professional body for those specialising in training, development and occupational learning.

If you are an active trainer in Scouting and have completed the training required for your role, you are eligible to become a member of ITOL. Benefits of membership include post-nominal letters, access to resources, magazines and discounts on books.

more info To register for any of the above or more information on The Scout Association’s Adult Training Scheme, contact the Adult Support team at adult.

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Adult training

Wood you accredit it? The award-winning Adult Training Scheme celebrates 90 years of equipping you with the tools to deliver adventure to our young people. By Sam Marks


n 1919, Robert Baden-Powell created the Wood Badge training as an opportunity to share ideas and learn the skills Scout Leaders need to deliver our programme of adventure and outdoor activity to young people. It has changed and developed since then, but, today, adult volunteers all over the world still take part in their Wood Badge training. In the UK alone, almost 3,000 Wood Badges are awarded every year, and in the past four years there has been a 50 per cent increase in the number of Wood Badges achieved. Scouting training has an impact on far more adults than that of almost any other organisation. The infrastructure has changed from being course-led to being led and delivered by volunteers, with a volunteer-led quality control system. We achieve this by drawing upon the competencies, skills and values of highly committed volunteers – you.

An award-winning scheme The quality of the training was recognised by the National Training Awards in October. We won a London Regional Award and a National Award, coming top in the ‘Providing Education and Training’ category and beating off competition from a wide range of other organisations from the corporate, public and third sectors. Melissa Green, Head of Adult Training, said: ‘We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Country and County Training Managers. ‘We know it can often seem like a thankless task, but the quality of the training and the experience of new leaders underpins everything we do in Scouting.’

What you think... ...of the training’s flexibility to meet needs, numbers, diversity and demands: ‘As a single parent with two boys of my own, a full-time job and other commitments, I liked the way that the training was done in modules.’

‘To have a flexible training programme is essential, especially when trying to juggle family life alongside Scout training development.’ ...of using different learning methods: In 2008, at least 64 per cent of Counties offered at least three of the many methods of learning available.

‘I believe you gain most from attending courses; however, the flexibility of watching DVDs and doing workbooks allows many to complete their training without giving up valuable time away from families or work.’ ...of creating a personal plan: ‘The modules have to be validated, so the flexibility is in the fact you decide how you are going to show it.’

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More adult volunteers means more opportunities for young people to have fun

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eers? Claire Need more adult volunt r Sam met with Welch and youth edito ader for 42nd Stuart, Group Scout Le e but effective Coventry, about a simpl ked wonders technique that has wor

The big interview

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Youth involvement

The Youth Involvement Group aims to increase the involvement of young people in Scouting’s decision-making. Youth editor Sam caught up with James Littlejohns, 24, the Messaging and Communications Project Leader Sam What does the Youth Involvement Group hope to achieve? James We’re hoping to find out the best way of involving more young people at all levels of The Scout Association. We want young people to work in partnership with adults in making decisions big and small. Part of this is finding out how we can best communicate with young people. For example, how do you communicate with your friends? Sam Social networking – especially Facebook. Sometimes it’s better than talking in person as you can say things you wouldn’t normally say face to face. James Is that the same with your Scout friends? Sam It’s pretty much the same – we’re all on Facebook. James And what about the leaders?

Sam We normally talk to them in meetings and discuss what we want to do.


communication James Do you get a timetable so that you can check what you’re doing each week? Sam We usually get it by hand and sometimes by email, but not everyone checks emails. James Do you think it would be useful having the programme written down so you can all comment on it and make changes? Sam Yes, and we usually do that at the start of term.

James How do you find out about opportunities for young people? Sam I pick up my parent’s copy of Scouting. That’s how I found out about this youth issue. James How do you think we could communicate better with young people?

Sam You could send things out to Explorer Scouts. Maybe a simple newsletter that the leaders could print off and hand out? James What about using other media such as YouTube? Sam I know some Explorers who upload videos to YouTube, showing the fun that they have. James Do you find you want more of a say in how Scouting is run? Sam Yes, but we don’t always agree with changes – for example, the name of our Unit changed and we didn’t get much say in it. I’m always keen to get my point across.

more info James is a Trustee of Devon Scouts where he is the Nominated Youth Representative and serves on the County Executive Committee. He is also, and most importantly, an Assistant Scout Leader.

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Into India

Youth editor and global adventurer Sam went to India with his Explorer Unit, and it wasn’t just the Himalayas he conquered

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Go international


dventurers such as Ben Fogle have inspired my interest in expeditions. So when my Explorer Scout leaders announced that they were planning a three-week expedition to the Indian Himalayas, I grabbed the opportunity. For the next two years I was involved in fundraising and training with my Unit on Dartmoor, local coast paths and the Brecon Beacons. When the time came, I was ready and fit enough to trek for ten days in the unforgiving mountains of the Markha Valley, Ladakh. After two days of travelling, we arrived in Leh, at an altitude of 3,505m (to put this in perspective, Ben Nevis is 1,344m). We stayed in Leh for four nights to acclimatise. When we reached the hotel, our expedition leader Cory told us how to best deal with the altitude: ‘You can get Diamox to boost your body’s acclimatisation but the best way is to eat, drink and sleep.’ Following Cory’s advice, we went to our rooms to sleep until lunch. It was during this sleep that I felt the effects of altitude; I kept waking up breathless, feeling dizzy and nauseous. On the Tuesday as we explored Leh and continued to acclimatise, it was hard not to get culture shock. It was larger than I had expected and everywhere

sheep, made friends with our guide, Cheetah, and the trekking crew and tried various Indian dishes.

we turned there were cars beeping their horns, wild dogs snoozing and cows trotting along the road.

real challenge for me as I don’t like water, but I forced myself on to the raft, knowing that it was an opportunity I’d only have once. The rafting was immense fun with a few hairy moments, but thankfully I didn’t fall out. For the last part we flew back to Delhi, then on to Agra where we visited an ancient fort called Fatehpur Sikri and the beautiful Taj Mahal. From the expedition I learnt about Indian culture, Buddhism and the effects of altitude. However, more importantly, I learnt that I can cope in a harsh environment. Because of my global experience, I’m well prepared to tell anyone why they should join Scouts.

Facing fears We were hiking up to our highest campsite when the weather deteriorated. I wasn’t prepared and it was probably the coldest I have ever been. At the campsite when I took off my gloves, I noticed that my fingers felt wooden which I now know is a sign of frostbite. I was also suffering from the familiar effects of altitude sickness so spent the rest of the day in my tent; however, I was alright the next day to trek up to our highest altitude of 5,100m. The expedition also let me face my fears. After the trek we went white-water rafting on the River Indus. This was a

1st and 3rd photos: Cory Jones

i.Scout because Scouting is full of chances to challenge yourself beyond your normal capabilities. You’ll find yourself doing things you never thought you could do

Head for heights

Sam and his Explorer Unit push themselves to the limit on their ten-day trek through the Markha Valley

Days four and five were probably the most important, as we were doing our community project. Before we left we asked the younger sections in Saltash and Torpoint to raise money, and with it we bought games, pencils and pens for the schoolchildren we would be meeting. On day six we began our ten-day trek in the Markha Valley which started off in a barren desert-like landscape, but after the first day the environment was less punishing. During the trek we visited Buddhist monasteries, spotted Himalayan animals such as blue

more info For help and advice when planning your international trip, contact our International Team on 0845 300 1818 or email

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veryone has changes of mood, and your Scouting there will be young people and adults mental state can vary depending on a who are going through such experiences and will number of factors, from having a holiday need support and understanding. They may need to facing exams. There is now a growing time, space or just someone to talk to. There may attention towards emotional and mental health, be common elements in the coping strategies with countless magazine articles, documentaries, that individuals use or that are suggested, but soaps and crime shows touching upon the topic. these will vary in effectiveness from person to About one in four of the population will person and may or may not include medication. experience a mental health How we can help issue at some point in their life, The activities and attitudes and it is thought that around I often feel like ending of Scouting can help young 20 per cent of young people it all. For years I’ve gone people by: in the UK aged between through periods of • providing a safe environment 16 and 24 have a significant depression; sometimes for them to socialise in mental health problem. everything in life seems • giving structure and When these problems build too much, and sometimes familiarity up and the individual feels that it all seems too little. I’ve managed to help friends to • promoting self-esteem they can’t cope they can stop self-harming, although • providing a group of peers become overwhelmed and I’ve never hurt myself. Once, and adults to talk to. experience a range of negative I talked a guy out of suicide, It is also recognised that feelings that will show in a which was scary, but made physical activities can have a variety of ways. They may me realise I’m not alone. helpful effect, especially those feel generally ‘low’, worry Where is the help? It’s hard to talk about, so I guess that’s that take place outdoors. unnecessarily about their why people shy away. Scouts Things that are unhelpful are appearance or become gives me a place to escape to, fairly common sense, like telling preoccupied with thoughts where everyone is equal, and someone they don’t know they can’t shift. They may you can stop being afraid. how lucky they are, saying notice a withdrawal from Lots of young people have they should ‘pull themselves friends or activities, a change mental health difficulties. together’ or trying to force in eating habits, ongoing I hope it’s not seen as taboo and we can find someone to talk when they just unhappiness or an inability ways to help. don’t want to. You can also look to concentrate. In extreme Corinne, at your programme by being situations a young person Explorer Scout careful about the attitudes may become aggressive displayed towards food and towards others or themselves, appearance (especially when planning nights away) which can lead to disruptive or providing stress-free activities at stressful times. behaviour or even self-harm. Some may misuse When dealing with anyone’s particular need, drugs or alcohol and some young people who disability or condition, the best possible support is take regular medication for a medical condition to know about the young person and their may adjust their dosage or refuse to take it situation. Find out some information about their altogether as a way of changing how they feel needs and provide a safe, secure environment for or trying to regain control. them to relax and have fun, supported by Different terms may be used to describe mental sensitive adults who have time for them. health issues, but what is clear is that within

Case study

more info Young Minds |; Mind |; Youth Access Information Service |; Depression Alliance |; Sane |; A range of factsheets on eating disorders, self-harm and health and wellbeing are available from the Scout Information Centre. Some County Scout websites also contain helpful information and advice, eg

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Health & wellbeing

‘Sometimes life seems too much’ The statistics say that a quarter of us experience mental health issues. Sue Burton and Alec Stanworth look at the underlying factors, and how Scouting can play a role in nurturing the emotional wellbeing of young people

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After years of loyal service, the Home Contact system is moving towards a well-earned retirement. Rob Lyon introduces InTouch, the new system that will be taking on the mantle of ensuring communication is well managed at Scout events


nTouch is now available to all. It is the result of a year-long, Movement-wide consultation, followed by a six-month trial in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, South West Scotland and Wiltshire. InTouch will be implemented across the UK between now and 1 September 2010, and your District Commissioner will be able to let you know when your District is moving across from the Home Contact system.

What is InTouch? InTouch is a system for managing communications that need putting in place for all activities in Scouting. It differs from the Home Contact Scheme in that it allows you to put in place the systems that are most effective for your event, rather

more info Full details of InTouch can be found at www.scouts.

than following the same specific system for every type of event. As such there is no requirement for a third-party ‘Home Contact’ every time you take part in an activity, although this could still be an option that you choose to use.

Weekly meetings InTouch also recognises that the reasons for having an effective communication system are just as relevant for a weekly meeting as they are for a camp or activity day. Therefore, InTouch is a requirement for all Scouting events, including programmes at your regular meeting place. This doesn’t mean lots of work in setting up new systems every week – it should simply need a discussion between leaders to ensure they have thought about all the areas within InTouch. Most groups are likely to find that they are already doing most or everything that is identified. Further advice can be found on the factsheet InTouch (FS120075). It is important to note that although InTouch should make the lives of leaders easier through its flexibility, it is a requirement for all Scouting activities and not something that can just be ignored.

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Believing in each other

The Faiths and Beliefs Support Team provides help and advice for Faithbased Fellowships (soon to be National Scout Active Support Units). Who are they, asks David Marshall Jones, and what do they do?


any Scout Groups are sponsored by faith communities and, not surprisingly, there is often common ground between Groups from the same community. Mutual support and sharing can be helpful, and it is good practice to keep faith communities informed of developments in Scouting, its fundamentals and methods. To support this work, there are six National Faith-based Fellowships: The National Jewish Scout Fellowship | The Muslim Scout Fellowship | The

Anglican Fellowship in Scouting and Guiding uk | The Association of Methodist Scouters and Guiders www.amsag. | The National Catholic Scout Fellowship www.catholicsinscouting. | The United Reformed Church Scout and Guide Fellowship www. Consideration is also being given to a Buddhist Fellowship.

Support, advice and practical help Moving forward, these National Faith Fellowships will be known as National Scout Active Support Units. Their role

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Faiths & beliefs

MES ACTIVITY UNFAIR GA Building a Tower | Give one team a newspaper and a roll of Sellotape. Give another team a pile of straws, three small pieces of Sellotape and a pair of scissors. Ask them to construct the highest possible freestanding tower in five minutes. Eating Rice | Give one team chopsticks and the other spoons, and both teams a bowl of cooked rice. They have to eat as much as possible in two minutes. These games illustrate unfairness: the teams have unequal resources and equipment. Similarly, richer countries have better resources and access to technology that gives them an advantage. The rules are weighted in favour of the team with better resources. Similarly, trade rules benefit richer countries and disadvantage poorer economies. For more, visit the Traidcraft website


What is meant by spiritual development?

is to: provide support and advice to those involved in Scouting in their faith community | provide practical help for leaders, helping them explore Faiths and Beliefs within the programme | provide pastoral care, when needed, to members of their faith community involved in Scouting | create programme ideas, activities and support material, particularly in relation to Faiths and Beliefs | promote Scouting within faith communities and provide practical support in establishing Scouting across the UK | be recognised by their faith community.

Working together In May 2009, the Faiths and Beliefs Support Team met with representatives of all the Fellowships to discuss how they might support one another. There was a positive exchange of views and ideas at this meeting, and a key point to emerge was that, whenever possible, the Faith Fellowships should work together. This aspiration was realised at Gilwell Reunion in September, where a base providing programme ideas and material on the theme of Fair Trade was run jointly by the Faith Fellowships.

To help us all with this issue, Scouting offers five principles of spiritual development: 1. Develop an inner discipline and training. 2. Be involved in corporate (group) activities. 3. Understand the natural world around you. 4. Help to create a more tolerant and caring society. 5. Discover the need for prayer and worship. These form the basis of the Beliefs and Attitudes Programme Zone and embrace the other five zones. You will see that you already include aspects of these principles in your programmes.

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It’s official – the Serco-sponsored Environment Badge is a great success. Thousands of Scouts are wearing the badge and making a positive impact on the world around them

What a difference a year makes

A number of common goals and similar ethics led to Serco and The Scout Association first discussing the possibility of setting up their partnership. Since the official launch of the Environment Badge in March, Serco has seen an incredible demand for resource packs. These packs consist of health and safety equipment, such as reflective vests and safety gloves, that Scout Groups can use for community clear-up events.

Meeting leaders At this year’s Gilwell Reunion, Adam Fergie and Helen Milward from Serco, set up a stall in The Lid, at Gilwell Park. They brought along one of their new recycling vehicles from Welwyn Hatfield Council to demonstrate how Serco provides important environmental services to many councils around the UK. Helen was delighted with the feedback and interest shown at the event. ‘We took 20 resource packs with

Serco’s top five Christmas recycling tips are: 1. Use recycled materials for Christmas decorations – cut up junk mail for paper chains and Christmas cards for tree decorations, and reuse CDs and foil containers for hanging up around the house. 2. Give old presents to charity shops to make way for new ones.

3. Use sustainable (ie solar-powered rope) Christmas lights. 4. Use natural materials, such as logs, twigs and pine cones, for decorating the house. 5. …and remember, there are many places that recycle cards and Christmas trees!

us, in the hope of generating even more support from visiting Scout leaders’ she said. ‘I was amazed to see these disappear within an hour.’

Support still available For those Groups and Districts that have not been able to get their hands on the resource packs, don’t despair. Information is available online at and the site explains how to organise your own community clear-up event, as well as the importance of recycling collected material. But these events do not necessarily need to be about litter picking. They can just as easily be about planting a vegetable patch or clearing an area to create a garden, for instance. If you are unable to obtain a pack in time for your event, you can also approach your local council, who may be able to lend some equipment.

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On your marks!

© Victoria Dawe/Comic Relief Ltd

The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from 19-21 March 2010 and again, The Scout Association will be rising to the challenge. Teena Antoniou pulls on her trainers…

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. From fundraising fun and a night of cracking TV on the Friday, right through to the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on the Sunday, it promises to be a brilliant weekend. Best of all, the money raised will help to transform the lives of people in the UK and around the world. Sport Relief 2008 raised in excess of £28 million and more than 150 Scout Groups got involved. On the Sunday of the Sport Relief Weekend, people across the country were sponsored to run one, three or six miles at Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events.

Are you ready for the challenge? The Scout Association will again be rising to the challenge in 2010. As usual, Scout Groups have the option to keep 25 per cent of the money they raise. Sporty fundraising activities designed especially for all sections will be ready to download from the beginning of February, from Programmes Online ( There will also be

Reflection Activities, so Scouts can find out what a difference their money really makes. Look out for more details in the section supplements of the next edition of Scouting. Check out for more information.

Do your own Sport Relief Mile Why not try and complete your own Sport Relief Mile in the most unusual way? All sections can get involved and you can make your Mile as sporty or as fun as you like. Please make sure you use the Scouts sponsor form available on so that you can keep 25 per cent of the money raised. To find out your nearest event, jog along to Here are some ideas to get you started: • Get your Group to dress up when taking part. • Do the Mile playing a musical instrument; it could be anything from a recorder to a drum! • Do the Mile wearing red. Whatever you do, please let us know. Email us direct at or visit

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, Registered Charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

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Down on the farm

Pack up your rucksack, put on your boots and head to the country. Natural England sponsors the Scout Naturalist Badge and a farm is a great place to earn it! Here’s a great opportunity for Scouts to see where their food comes from, to sit in a tractor and to discover the wildlife found in farmers’ fields.

Opening gates Natural England helps farmers to look after the countryside and make it a great place for wildlife. As part of its commitment to farmers and young people, Natural England has opened up

hundreds of farms all over the country for people to explore. Hear from the farmer what it is like to live and work in the countryside, and learn new skills, too. You never know what you’ll experience at one of England’s best farms.

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WINTER PLAYTIME | Why not get your Scouts to try our free winter activities? Together with Fiona and Jo from, we’ve produced more fun things to do. Find the activity sheet at There’s also plenty to do in your own backyard, so why not visit our Big Wildlife Garden site,

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Great range, friendly advice As well as our Christmas selection, we also have fantastic items available in our updated autumn/ winter range, which is packed with everything you need for when you venture outside over the coming months. Our expert staff provide friendly advice and can help you find exactly what you are after. As a starting point, take a look at some of our winter must-haves by visiting the website www.scouts. and viewing the Millets-endorsed Essentials Kit List, or visit

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near inemaber c a o ng t 11 Decem Comio y u on

Go wild!

Thinking of taking your Scouts on a journey of discovery this winter? Then look no further than the film of the classic adventure Where the Wild Things Are One of the greatest of all children’s stories finally comes to the big screen – and with its spirit of adventure and courage in the face of adversity, it’s perfectly in keeping with the ethos of Scouting. The film is the latest creation from the innovative director Spike Jonze, who has brought to life one of the most beloved books of all time.

A world of adventure The film tells the story of Max, a sensitive boy with a lively imagination, who feels misunderstood at home and

escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island, where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. It’s a story about childhood and the places we go to understand the world we live in. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. But he soon finds ruling a kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there

prove to be more complicated than he originally thought. The film is guaranteed to capture Scouts’ imaginations – and yours too.

Where to watch Where the Wild Things Are is coming to a cinema near you on 11 December. To find out more, visit www.

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As partridges look for a pear tree and turkeys up and down the country get dressed, prove

Christmas quiz Dedicated to JAD

1. Which type of waterfowl, originally from the North Pacific, has been found in places as far apart as Alaska, the Arctic, Japan, Australia and even Britain?

2. Each of the groups of three have something in common. Identify this in each case. a) John Lennon, Arnold Palmer and Alexander the Great b) Rameses II, Martin Luther King and Cornelis Lely c) Martina Navratilova, Janet StreetPorter and Phil Tufnell d) Violet Carson, William Shakespeare and Maria Callas e) A male bovine, a Greek demigod and a society for the very bright 3. Who might use each of the following? A leggatt, a fromard, kinking tongs, a palm and a slick. 4. Identify the products or companies: a) Is she or isn’t she? b) Works wonders c) Imagination at work d) Plip, Plop, Fizz, Fizz e) Be careful how you use it f) Hello Boys!

5. Connect the following: Sir Walter Scott, Bram Stoker, William Wordsworth, Pierino Algieri, Sir Terry Frost, Ralph Anstis and Victor Meldrew. 6. Give the year of the following: a) 47° 36’ 0 N, 19° 22’ 0 E b) 47° 42’ 54 N; 13° 37’ 36 E

c) 14° 8’ 9 N, 121° 11’ 24 E d) 47° 58’ 02 N, 116° 34’ 58 W e) 33° 58’ 59 S, 70° 39’ 0 W f) 51° 42’ 55 N, 0° 26’ 21 W

7. Identify and order the following, from the smallest to largest: Merle, King Harry, Goatsucker, Lintie, Mavis, Stumpy Toddy. 8. Add together the following: • The number of Scottish cities plus • The number of colleges in both Oxford and Cambridge plus • The number of missile tubes on a Polaris submarine plus • The number of Munros, and English and Welsh equivalents

9. Link the following: a) Harold, Rufus and Otzi b) Phar Lap, George III and

Napoleon Bonaparte c) Elliot Cohen, John Stonehouse and

Ernest Shackleton

10. How is Westminster in Cheshire, Devonshire and Rutland both in Derbyshire, and Norfolk in Sussex? 11. Where does: a) Campsa follow Wurth and Seat b) Lancer Village follow Keepers Brush

and Flower Beds c) Willis Avenue Bridge follow

Queensboro and Pulaski Bridges

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Christmas quiz

you’re no bird-brain this festive season by tackling our quiz. Compiled by Alan Burnham

d) Ginger Beer follow Cartgate and Dyke, and e) Cordoba follow La Rioja and Fiamabla?

e) Long-lived TV programme pet rocked by the 22nd storm of the 2005 season

find each of them? Suri, Salo, Baluge, Sheika and Shiokara

12. Take a journey from Shamford

16. An inverted cone hoisted above a drum or cylinder. What does this mean and what is the link to Darwin?

work an eight-hour day and can be hired for £25 an hour, livestock costs £50 per head irrespective of type, the local jeweller is having a sale, any one item for £40, the Forestry Commission is giving away saplings at the astonishingly cheap rate of £10 each and instrument hire is £20 per day, how much did Christmas cost?

to Doolish via Hamwic, Searoburh, Gippeswyc, Hantone, Wristleham, and Hesse’s Ham in that order. Each place is further north than the previous one. How many miles are covered in total (shortest route by road between each place) and indicate any miles not covered by road.

13. On 10 September 2008,

17. Eddie Basinski and Mickey Cochrane, Ernie Banks and Greg Maddux, William F Cody and John B Omohundra. Suggest two names for the next level.

18. What are these food dishes and where in the world would you

19. Assuming that bit-part actors

20. Differentiate between coprolite, bodewash, spraint, lesses and crotisings.

a circular, 17-mile journey was undertaken. What undertook this journey?

14. Decipher this Yuletide code: QBPQA TPTYP KJQKU THTOO XDOTT QBJDP QKYGG 15. Identify these famous pairs:

Entry details Entries are invited from individuals of any age and teams of any size. Small prizes will be awarded for the best three, but any entry with more than half the questions attempted is worth sending in. Entries should be sent by post to Scouting magazine, The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW or emailed to to arrive by 12.00 midday on Friday 15 January 2010. The answers and winners’ names will be sent directly to entrants by the end of January, and will be published at on 1 February 2010.

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Illustrations by Bob Dewer

a) Rocky and a footballer from an East Anglian City b) Epic poet meets a deliverer of infants c) Robin Williams and an Oleaceaen liquid d) Undergoing an operation for glue-ear with a Braveheart


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Round our place

Craig Allison

HOME SWEET HOME From a granite house to a grand hall, the meeting place of the 9th Aberdeen has undergone serious changes. Youth editor Eoin Smith reflects on how the Scouts have brought a new meaning to the phrase ‘do it yourself’


ore than one hundred young people in Aberdeen consider the Scout hut on Granville Lane to be the epicentre of their Scouting experiences. Home to the three sections of the 9th Aberdeen Scout Group, and the Mannofield Explorers, the hut is also widely used by nursery groups and dance teachers in the local community. Although the original building has been around for a long time, the front section was extended in 1971 – by the Scouts and leaders themselves, no less! Many stop and admire the large carved granite block by the door, failing to realise that its date – 1871 – predates the founding of Scouting by 36 years (and the wall by one hundred!). Its original home was, in fact, a house which the Scouts were given permission to demolish so they could reuse some of the materials in the extension. What a way to earn your Handyman’s Badge!

Like many up and down the country, the hut is multipurpose, and is used to host events to raise Group funds; the annual Court of Honour Dinner (to which an invite is extended to ex-Scouts and leaders); and the annual Scout Open Night, at which the Troop puts on its very own Gang Show. We even have our own theme song!

Growing strong I remember when I was in Scouts, about four years ago, a leader sitting in the loft at one of our Open Nights as ‘David Plaine’. His topical (at the time) challenge was to survive in a large wooden box, with only a flask of tea and three chocolate biscuits! Luckily he managed it. As a Group, we continue to move from strength to strength, and all sections are increasing in size. After a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate our own centenary, we look forward to another hundred years of great Scouting fun in our beloved hut.

Tell us

If you’d like us to come round your place, drop us a line at scouting. magazine@

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International Scout Campsite & Activity Centre

Orchard Avenue, Brentwood, Essex CM13 2DP Email - 98 acres of private woodland. 27 on-site activities, 36 well grassed, flat camping areas, full time, friendly and helpful staff. Authorised activity instructors. Vehicular access to entrances of all camping areas. Hot water to two toilets and shower blocks (28 showers). Wood fires and dogs allowed. Activities include; climbing, abseiling, artificial ice climbing, rifle shooting, archery, canoeing, rafting, pedal cars, cork guns, junior crossbows, fishing, cave maze, water walkerz, demolition derby (inflatable), toboggan ‘cresta’ run, circus skills, orienteering, volley ball, nature trail, quizzes, pond dipping, and adventure playground. Summer holiday ‘Water Splash’ special. Campfire singing (May – September). 3 indoor Pack Holiday centres sleeping, 36,32 & 20. 2 cooking huts. Equipment for hire – marquees, sleeping tents, gazebos, dining shelters, cooking equip. tables & benches. Home of the National Dino car Pedal Olympics in January. 25 miles from centre of London and 2 miles from M25 Web site Contact – Colin Tilbrook 01277 212784/ 810742 (eve.)

Rosanne is

a purpose-built 13 berth narrowboat based on the Grand Union Canal at Leighton Buzzard and available only to youth organisations. Skippers training provided. For further details and availability phone Bromley Youth Trust on 020 8325 0187 or email





ACTIVITY CENTRE Deputy Warden - Permanent Position Non - Residential Seasonal Instructor/Centre Assistant 37.5 hrs a week. April to end of October For further details and an application form please contact: Mr. D McIntosh,The Warden, Walton Firs Activity Centre, Convent Lane, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HB tel: 01932 863243 email: For all your badge needs, embroidered, woven and pin. Printed/Embroidered garments or neckers. Contact Tel 0800 55 93 222 Make your own gear. Specialist outdoor fabrics and fleece, buckles, webbing and zips plus all the patterns you will need to make or repair your own gear. For all you outdoor gear & uniform visit our on line store. For Group purchases contact for the best prices. Tel 01296 663848 Equipping you for your Scouting adventures!

HOLIDAYS Widest range of Summer Camps available to 10 different European destinations by coach or air. 81

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Last laugh by Ian West

I want to draw some cartoons for Scouting magazine, but I don’t know where Ian West gets his ideas from...

While I’m here, I thought I’d propose the introduction of a proficiency badge for being editor of the internationally famous Scouting magazine

WIN A COPY OF LS SCOUTING SKIL Now we know where Ian West gets his ideas from, can you think of a good idea for a cartoon? We’ll help you with a theme – Scouting Skills. Stretch your imagination to knot tying, tent pitching, pioneering, fire lighting, camp cooking and beyond. Your cartoon should be no smaller than 200mm x 200mm and no bigger than 400mm x 400mm. Complete the coupon, put your name on the back of the drawing and send both to: Cartoon competition, Scouting magazine, Gilwell Park, London E4 7QW by 1 February 2010. There are two age groups: 17 and under; 18 and over. A Complete Guide to Scouting Skills is published in March 2010 and will be available from

Do you want to talk to the ‘face and the voice’ of The Scout Movement or will the GSL do?

Name .......................................................................... Address ...................................................................... ...................................................................................... Telephone number .................................................... Email ............................................................................ Age if under 18 ......................................................... We can’t acknowledge receipt of your entry, but if you’d like it returned, please enclose an SAE.

Here’s my contribution to Scouting magazine. 12,526 words on ‘How to straighten out a bent tent peg...’

82 Scouting December 2009/ January 2010

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