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SCOUTING Scouting Editors: Hilary Galloway, Elis Matthews, Dave O’Carroll, Rose Wells and Jolyon Braime Intern: Tom Hylands The national magazine of The Scout Association ISSN 0036 – 9489 © 2011 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, The Pall Mall Deposit, 124-128 Barlby Road, London W10 6BL Sub-editors: Rica Dearman and Marion Thompson Art Director: Ian Hart Designer: Shelley Varley ADVERTISING Sales Executive: Richard Ellacott Tel: 020 8962 1250 Printed and distributed by: Headley Brothers Ltd Printed on 100% recycled paper

CONTRIBUTORS Alec Stanworth, Assistant Scout Leader and student of psychology, interviews Bonita Norris on page 42.

Steve Backhouse invites you to try out three very different walks around the UK this summer, on page 55. Cover photo: Chloë Chapman

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!

GIVE AND EARN A LITTLE RESPECT Wow, we have reached the final Scouting principle for us to live by: respect for ourselves and respect for others. And it is a great one to end on. Baden-Powell sure knew what he was on about with these principles! Respect. If you give someone respect then they will almost invariably respect you back – it is how the world works. Everyone wants to feel valued and people tend to want to hang out with and support those people who make them feel important. That comes down to giving people respect. It means listening, being grateful and generally considering others better than you. Live like that and you will be loved by many. Respect for ourselves can take a lifetime to learn, but it matters – be gentle and look after yourself, dream big, but walk humbly. We are all on this same journey and, as Scouts, our job is to shine a light on the way… So remember the old mnemonic, Ten Little Fat Fingers Caught The Rat, and live the principles, and life will always be an adventure.

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REGULARS 9 IN BRIEF 11 MAILBOX 12 NEWS | Events, campaigns and updates 23 CAMP COOKING | A tasty recipe from The Jam ‘n’ Brie Cookbook 25 FOR/AGAINST | Should Scouts be taught how to use firelighters? 60 HEALTH & WELLBEING | Advice on a healthy diet while at camp, plus top food tips 65 CAMP COOKING | The winner of the first Junior MasterChef shares a recipe 75 Q&A | Scouting experts answer your questions 76 COMPETITION | Photography comp and an Activity Centre competition 81 ROUND OUR PLACE | Scouting in Sierra Leone 82 FIVE MILES WITH… | James Newton at the World Scout Jamboree in Stockholm

36 FEATURES 20 ‘IT’S GOING TO BE FANTASTIC’ | How the UK Contingent is looking forward to the World Scout Jamboree 26 STREET LIGHTS | Scouting in one of the most deprived boroughs in the country 30 PACK TO THE FUTURE | Novelty items to take with you on Scout camp 32 WHY I VOLUNTEER | Scouting volunteers reveal what it is they love about the Movement 36 IS SCOUTING FOR ALL GIRLS? | With the growing number of girls joining Scouting, we look at the type of girls the Movement attracts

42 ‘IF YOU EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY – DO IT!’ | Bonita Norris on Scouting and her adventurous expeditions 44 FAMILY TRAINING CAMP | A Muslim Active Support Scout Unit training weekend 47 BARE ESSENTIALS | Module 1 can now be attained via e-learning 49 SKILLS & ACTIVITIES | On the water for marine navigation and water activities 55 WALK TALL | Three adventurous walks to try out this summer



7 GLOBAL GATHERING | UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt on the growth of Scouting, plus more from the blog



IN THE SUPPLEMENTS BEAVERS Ideas to achieve the Promise Challenge Badge and a Beaver with an

inspirational story | CUBS Using Facebook to inject excitement into knots and a spiritual-focused activities programme | SCOUTS How to make camp equipment and an auction-themed programme | EXPLORERS An internationally adventurous Unit and an interview with an Austrian Scout | NETWORK Scouting in the Isle of Man and tricks for organising an event | FOCUS Inject some adventure into AGMs, plus a round-up of some of the best Scouting communicators

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A fab event that encourages children to get active and have fun through a number of games and activities they take part in Gold medal stickers, balloons, laurel crowns, posters, sponsorship forms and a great organiser’s guide are provided.

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A great way for children of different ages and abilities to have fun and get active. Just choose your teams, create a team identity and organise your own fun event. Three dodgeballs, posters, sponsorship forms and a great organiser’s guide are provided.

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t is perhaps worth reminding ourselves why it is very important that all of our actions are focused on growing the Movement. No, it’s not because we can raise more membership fees (although that does help, of course!), but because we know that our unique brand of everyday adventure makes a real difference: to the lives of young people; to the communities in which we live; and to those of us who volunteer our time to make Scouting happen. All of our core initiatives help grow the Movement in a number of different ways:

Promoting the value of volunteering – Encouraging employers to value volunteers will, of course, help us to increase our self-esteem, recruit as well as retain more adults and grow the Movement.

Internal communications – Delivering the appropriate information effectively, and in a way that you require, ensures that we all feel inspired and motivated, as well as better supported, and will, again, enable the Movement to grow.

Being inclusive and diverse – We know we can make a difference to our Members’ lives. Ensuring that everyone has the same opportunity is not only the right thing to do, but it will grow our Movement in more communities.

Leadership and management – When section leaders are supported and inspired, it makes volunteering fun and rewarding. By doing this, we recruit additional adults, keep those we have for longer and increase the opportunities for young people. It is important that all young people in the UK have the same opportunity that I had to benefit from Scouting. The only way we can be sure that we are doing this is when the joining lists are gone. And any young people who haven’t joined know what they are missing and can sign up immediately. Can you say that is the case for your area yet?

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Growing for the sixth year in a row is positive news and it is important to look at those areas that have been continuing to grow, but it is just as important to understand those that are not. ‘The formula for success is very simple: a bunch of motivated and supported volunteers delivering to a group of young people what they want and will keep coming back for. Those sections that are shrinking have at least one of these factors missing. The same can be extended to Districts and Counties; those with energetic, inspirational and supportive teams that offer front-line volunteers what they need to succeed are growing. Those that don’t have the means to respond effectively to their local needs aren’t as successful.’ Pete Jeffreys

‘It would also be very interesting to compare increases/decreases in young people against adult increases/ decreases. One can grow without the other, but not for long.’ Night Hawk – Explorer Scout Leader

Wayne Bulpitt is UK Chief Commissioner. You can email him at or write to him at The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW. You can also catch up with his blog at


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If someone had told me 10 years ago, that the trees we planted for the millennium would look this good today, I wouldn’t have believed them. We are so pleased that we are planting more for the Jubilee. Bob Roberts, Island Pond Wood


Join us in the celebration that lasts To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, the Woodland Trust is helping millions of people across the UK come together to plant trees in our villages, towns, cities and countryside. Millions of Jubilee trees will be planted in this celebration, transforming neighbourhoods, creating new spaces for wildlife and providing a meaningful tribute that will last for generations.

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In brief

In brief

A snapshot of Scouting past, present and future – all on one page

Going up

What’s popular in the world of Scouting?

↑ Challenge events. Fancy testing your mettle and raising money for Scouting at the same time? In April, a bunch of Scout Association staff and supporters were sponsored to run The Gauntlet, a gruelling mud race in a flooded Essex clay pit. You can find out more about it on page 34. If you fancy trying a challenge event of your own, then we have places available for the Teesside River Rat Race in August. To drag yourself through 10km of water and shore-based activities, and even walk the plank for Scouting, check out ↑ Scout weddings. It was love at first ‘like’ for Cub leaders Graham and Penny Edwards, aka Akela and Shere Khan. They met on the 1st Facebook Scout Group, and ended up getting married in February. And for a guard of honour, they had a Pack of saluting Cub Scouts.

Travelling back in time The latest census results mark a sixth successive year of growth for UK Scouting. But does anyone remember what life was like back in 2005, before our numbers were on the rise?


The top-selling single of the year was Is This the Way to Amarillo? by Tony Christie and Peter Kay. A Scout with their Orienteer Activity Badge might have been able to help.


Justin Bieber was 11 years old. Young enough to be a Scout, but a few years too old to be Justin Beaver.


Doctor Who was back on our screens after a 16-year absence (if you don’t count the movie with Paul McGann). Like the Scouts, he’d updated his appearance since the late 1980s, and his T-shirt and leather jacket were a Time Lord version of activity trousers and polo shirt.

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Congratulations to nearly 300 Queen’s Scouts who were at Windsor Castle on Sunday 1 May, celebrating their achievements together. We posted some photos on our Facebook page ( Here are just some of the comments: ‘I’m hoping my boys, one Beaver and one just about to start Scouts, will be there one day.’ Mary Faulkner

What do you do with your old copies of Scouting magazine? Obviously, any useful bits (and there are plenty of them) I cut out and keep for future reference, but what about the other copies you have no use for? Recently, due to the onset of age, I have been spending some time in the doctor and dentist waiting rooms and I came up with the idea of donating old copies of Scouting. It’s a useful way of promoting Scouting to adults and could help with recruitment. Tim Harlow, Sidcup District Scouts

‘It was a great day, well done everyone and a big thank you to all the people that helped make it happen.’ Mark James

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Editor’s response: I can’t imagine there’s much left if you’ve taken out all the good bits. Great idea, Tim.

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Scouting’s fifth successive year of growth

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I read with interest the article on gang shows, ‘24 hours later’. I have been part of the Sutton Coldfield Gang Show for 40 years. During this time, several of our young people have picked up the performing bug. Some have played leading roles in major professional productions, including Les Misérables and Dr Doolittle, in London. A Cub from our 2007 cast missed 2009 because he was playing in Mary Poppins in London and was subsequently on tour. A previous gang show member has made it to the top professionally. His TV credits include Ashes to Ashes and Lewis, and he opened last year in Jude Law’s Hamlet on Broadway, playing Laertes. Yet another was chosen for, and reached the final of, the BBC’s Dance Factory. Keith Ramshaw

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Events, updates and news from around the UK


The programme in your pocket

A cable-powered laptop or soggy textbook isn’t much good in the middle of a field or campsite. That’s why we’ve made the requirements for all badges and awards available in a new app for iPhone and iPod touch users. The Scout Association’s first smartphone app is designed to be fun, useful and interactive. It comes complete with a host of features to make Scouting easier wherever you happen to be. You will find: Requirements for every badge and award in the 6-25 Programme Promise and Law for all ages (including all variations) Interactive badge-position diagrams Ability to track personal progress Share email/SMS links to (iPod touch – email only) Adjust text size

Staying up to date

With a facility to keep a record of where you are in the programme, it’s the ideal quick reference and personal record for Scouts of all ages. Any changes to badges and award requirements will automatically be sent to your smartphone. Watch a video of the app in action at and visit iTunes to download the app, which retails for just £1.19. An Android version should be available later in the year.

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Summer is here and The Big Adventure events are hotting up. Parents and new volunteers are getting involved in Scouting by helping leaders to arrange camps, Fundays and days out all over the UK. You can turn your event into a Big Adventure and show potential volunteers of the future how much fun they can have helping young people. And get some much-needed help yourself. Download resources for all the information you need to get adults involved from bigadventure/resources

‘We spent our Big Adventure at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre and involved parents from the start. Both parent helpers had a brilliant time. They said they didn’t realise how much hard work went into planning Scouting, but they had so many laughs they would like to continue their involvement. One is now in the process of becoming an Assistant Scout Leader, and the other helps out on a regular basis.’ Sylvia Myers, Group Scout Leader, 1st Skegness Scouts


We want you to capture your Big Adventure on camera and send us your photos. Better still, you can enter our 2011 photography competition. Apart from having a chance of your photo appearing on a cover of Scouting, it could appear in the 2011 Big Adventure souvenir book. For details of the competition, turn to page 76.

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A four-day festival of music, camping and crafts for all the family takes place at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, during 26-29 August. A medieval village welcomes visitors to demonstrations of longbow, archery and wood carving, falconry displays and Morris dancing, a puppet theatre, creative workshops and the regular Festival of the Tree. Discounts for advance bookings (children are admitted free of charge) and further information can be found at

Minister meets Methlick

The 1st Methlick Scout Group had a very important visitor helping them to celebrate their 90th anniversary. First Minister Alex Salmond MSP congratulated the leaders and Members, past and present, for the dedication they bring to the Movement. ‘Having been a Scout in my younger days,’ he said, ‘I know Scouting has changed, and

by keeping up to date with developments this Group is still very much alive and vibrant.’ The celebrations took place on Founder’s Day (22 February), although the Group reached 90 years in 2010. To mark their forthcoming centenary, a time capsule with information and photographs from each section was buried and will be opened in 2020.

Book now

Bookings are now open for Reunion 2011 at Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre during 2-4 September 2011. Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest, is joining us to talk about her expedition. Reunion welcomes all adult Members to come together for a weekend of socialising, practical skills, programme ideas, training sessions and workshops. If you would like to get involved in Reunion 2011, visit to book your place. If you have a skill, talent or idea to share, contact the Reunion Organising Team at gilwell.reunion@ Join the Facebook event to see who’s going at http://tinyurl. com/3c5uywj 14 Scouting June/July 2011

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Percy’s history of Scouting

A certificate acknowledging 80 years in adult Scouting has been specially commissioned. The recipient is 98-year-old Percy Blanford, who has led an amazing life in Scouting. Percy joined the Movement as an eight-year-old Wolf Cub and was one of the 49,000 Members who took part in the 1929 Jamboree in Birkenhead. As a Group Scoutmaster with the 1st Alperton Sea Scout Troop, Percy was able to let his Scouts use the prototype canoes and sailing craft he designed in his day job. Other roles followed as Assistant District Commissioner and Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) for Sea Scouts. Percy and his wife, Ivy, moved away from the London area to Newbold-on-Stour, but he was quickly tracked down and offered a variety of roles, taking the post of ACC Training. He was one of the first Members of the Warwickshire County Fellowship and he was made an honorary Member of the Fellowship some years later. Congratulations, Percy.

Our sporting adventure

Look out for your edition of Our Sporting Adventure in the October/November issue of Scouting magazine. Endorsed by the Olympic organising committee’s Inspire programme, it is full of ideas to help young people engage in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Remember to save space when planning programmes so your Scouts can try new sports, find out about the countries participating and live the Olympic and Paralympic values.


/2018 See Scouting’s vision for the future /magazine Features, competitions and lots more /reunion Book early for this annual event /sac All you need to know about the Scout Activity Centres

Don’t raise our rents update

The 1st Bispham Group in Blackpool lobbied their council candidates prior to May’s elections to support them in fighting a 13,900 per cent rise to their ground rent. Their efforts have been rewarded, and they are now in discussion with the city council to agree more affordable increases. The Group has served the community for over 80 years. If you’ve a similar story, contact

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Are your communications feeling a little tired? Then take a look at the Brand Centre for some summer inspiration. Summer is when Scouting comes into its own; we’re doing the things we do best, such as camping, expeditions and learning new skills outdoors. It’s important that our communications reflect this excitement and adventure. Here are just some of the ways to help you do this:

Create your own poster campaign Personalise and print materials such as these: Barbecue/sponsored walk You can create PDFs free of charge – although you may find, when it comes to printing, that using the digital printing service is cheaper than using your printer cartridge. 100 A4 posters – £20 100 A5 flyers – £10 500 A4 posters – £60 500 A5 flyers – £30

Update your banners We’ve got some great new designs, showing the adventure of Scouting. Indoor pop-up banner – £85; 0.8m wide by 2m high Outdoor vinyl banner – £65 (see Durham example, right); 3m wide by 0.9m high

Use the new PowerPoint templates A number of new templates are now available, including one for each age range.

Share new videos A selection of videos are now available for you to view and download, including a new one from Bear explaining what Everyday Adventure means to him.

Get started Find out more about Scouting’s Everyday Adventure at To access the Print Centre, log in to the site using your Scout username and password.

‘We wanted to rebrand to reflect the national branding guidelines, but maintain our County identity. The Print Centre helped us to achieve this simply and inexpensively. Being able to pick up ready-made artwork and adapt it with our own details has meant our communications look professional and inspiring. They’re vital for getting us seen and attracting new volunteers. Recent purchases have included vinyl banners and pop-up banners, which we have been very pleased with. The finished product is excellent and good value for money.’ Tony Keay, County Commissioner for Northamptonshire

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Amazing escape

It’s difficult to imagine, but during World War II, Scouts were seen as a threat to the invading forces in Poland. Kazimierz Piechowski, or Kazik as he prefers to be known, was one of the many Scouts captured and imprisoned. Now 91 years old, Kazik recently recounted how he escaped from Auschwitz to an audience of Scouts at a special event in his honour at BadenPowell House in London. It was his quick thinking, together with stolen uniforms and car, that made it possible for him and three other prisoners to escape. You can read Kazik’s story in full at

Free pit stop at Fordell Firs

Adult members, leaders and administrators in Scotland should get on the starting line for The Scout Association’s Open Day on 27 August 2011. Acceler8 is aimed at providing adults with practical support for development. Based on eight themed pit stops, such as an Activity Zone, Skills Zone and, probably the most popular, Post Race Party, Fordell Firs is the venue. Entry is free for all adult members. There is a charge for some limited camping, indoor accommodation and food. Contact or call 01383 419073 for full details.


Factsheets and resources


FS120004 | Shooting FS120100 | Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme FS120104 | AAPS – Approved Assessors FS120451| Caving FS120603 | Water Safety Incorporating Life Jackets & Buoyancy Aids FS120620 | Swimming FS120623 | Class C Waters FS120663 | Snorkelling FS320600 | The Scout Association Trust Corporation FS321004 | Criminal Record Checks


FS120621 | Scouting Association Swimming Pools (from Safety in Scouting)


Do you read Scouting magazine and think, ‘I could do better’? Well, here’s your chance. We’re looking for people to become magazine editors and the quest starts now. Young people and adults are encouraged to register their interest at and we’ll be in touch to get your details.

ST GEORGE’S DAY AWARD RECIPIENTS 2011 There are three amendments to the list of recipients previously published: Iteni Helu, Branch Chief Commissioner, Tonga – Overseas Branches, The Duke of Abercorn, County President, County Tyrone and John O’Connell (deceased), District Scout Fellowship Member, Keighley, were all awarded the Silver Acorn.


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O T G N I O ‘IT’S G ’ C I T S BE FANTA The countdown to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree has almost ended. Dave O’Carroll checked in with some of the UK Contingent to find out more about the journey so far and their journey to come

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t’s been a long wait, but around 4,500 UK Scouts are about to embark on the adventure of all adventures. But while the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden is just weeks away, that doesn’t mean it’s time to relax just yet. ‘There is still plenty to do,’ says Chris Lomas from the Contingent Management Team. ‘But we know what those things are and we are on track to deliver an amazing experience for the Contingent – that’s the most important thing.’ Explorer Scout Emily from the Greater London North Unit says, ‘We’re just concentrating on what life will be like over there. We’re learning about other cultures so that we can respect other people when we’re at the Jamboree. ‘And, of course, we’re also working out what to pack, because we have to fit all our clothes in 70-litre bags.’ Good luck with that, Emily.

The end and the beginning The opening ceremony will, in many ways, also mark the end of a journey, which began about 18 months ago. The ups and the downs will soon all become fond memories, but what have been the highlights? ‘The best thing for me has been actually meeting the Units,’ says Chris. ‘Sometimes you can feel quite detached in the Contingent

Management Team and think that it’s all about spreadsheets and policies. I’ve been lucky enough to visit about a dozen Units. It was fantastic to meet all those young people and to hear their stories about what they have been doing to prepare. It refuelled my enthusiasm every time and was genuinely inspiring.’

‘I’ve been lucky enough to visit about a dozen Units. It was fantastic to meet all those young people’ ‘The Contingent Support Team (CST) and International Service Team (IST) weekends where I met my colleagues were especially memorable,’ echoes Matt Goodwin from the CST. ‘Our biggest challenge, however, is probably still ahead; namely living in each other’s pockets for three-anda-half weeks.’ Emily agrees: ‘Supporting each other is going to be very important. Everyone pitches in with this. We’ve been told that while we’re out there we should be helping each other out, and I’m sure we will.’

Shared Scouting The prospect of meeting such a wide range of Scouts from all over the world is a hugely exciting one for Emily, and she already has a decent idea of where to look initially.

‘I’ve heard that the Italians are particularly keen on Scouting and it’s a big part of their lives. So it’ll be really interesting to meet them, learn from them and show our way of Scouting. That means that I am bringing part of my lifestyle, something I do every week, to people from every single continent. That’s incredible.’ Chris believes that this sense of a shared experience should reach beyond Sweden to Groups all over the UK. ‘This is a World Scout Jamboree – it’s for everyone. We are the lucky ones that get to go, but everyone out there can do something related to the Jamboree and spread the word over the next few months. This applies especially in the younger sections so they can start to understand the worldwide nature of Scouting and look forward to applying when their time comes.’ Matt concurs: ‘No one has been putting in all this work just for the CST or the IST or even the UK Contingent. This is about worldwide Scouting, about young people from all over the world having the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s going to be fantastic.’

Our Join-in-Jamboree resource will help you to join in with all the fun leading up to the 2011 World Scout Jamboree, even if you’re not going. wsj2011



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A fabulous cookbook, The Jam ’n’ Brie Cookbook 2010, has been compiled to raise the funds to send 81 young people from Essex to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree. We browsed its recipe pages to pick out a tasty camp favourite

e e r o b m Ja treat Camp doughnuts

To serve a hungry Patrol Ingredients 2 eggs 200g plain flour milk or water 1 loaf of white bread jam/chocolate spread or any other filling that sounds tasty vegetable oil for cooking sugar to serve Method Mix the eggs and the flour with milk or water until you get the

thickness of double cream – leave to stand. Cut the slices of bread in half. Spread one side with the filling of your choice and fold up to make a sandwich. Dip in the batter mix. Cook in hot oil on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Cover in sugar and eat. Watch out, as the filling will be hot. Note: you can use a pre-made pancake mix if preferred – just make it a bit thicker than normal. (Recipe from Sam, Waterloo Unit)

Get The Jam ’n’ Brie Cookbook 2010 today and cook up some great goodies

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It may not please the purists, but the fact remains that there are times when it is more useful to use domestic firelighters to get your campfire going. While utopian illustrations abound of fire-starting using sparks and natural kindling, for the average 12-year-old, using this method to produce a good hot cooking fire relatively quickly in a damp, windy British field is tricky at the best of times. Therefore, using common domestic firelighters instead is plain common sense. The skills of collecting and selecting wood and of maintaining a strong fire stay the same, so it is not like these classic skills are being lost. However, the actual building of the fire is totally different and Scouts should be able to build an effective fire for all occasions. That’s why I feel it is important that the teaching of the skill of lighting a fire with solid fuel firelighters should have a place in everyone’s programme.

Eddie Langdown, London


If we encourage Scouts to use firelighters, they are never going to do otherwise or learn to do without them at a later date. I teach my Scouts to have a firelighting kit of natural materials: birch bark, dry seeds, dry plant stems, etc, and teach them where to find these and how to use them. Even when none of these are available, everyone has access to a small piece of newspaper. If properly prepared, this takes no longer than using firelighters and you do not have to wait for the chemicals to burn out. We spend a week on summer camp always cooking on a wood fire, never using firelighters, just using what natural materials are locally available. We don’t do instant Scouting – we teach and learn outdoor life skills that young people can be proud of and others can depend on. If my Scouts go on to be leaders, at least they have a good grounding in Scouting skills that are worth passing on to others.

Sheila Burgin, Sevenoaks Agree? Disagree? Go to to join in the debate on this and other topics. Your opinion could be published in the August/September issue.

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don’t imagine many Scout buildings sit 200 metres from a street known as ‘murder mile’, are tucked up an alleyway, opposite a Primark and are shaped like an old bunker. But this is where I am sent to meet the 14th Hackney Scout Troop and Jim Phillips, their Scout Leader. Tonight there are 27 in the ‘den’, as the building is affectionately known. Jim says: ‘It used to be a coach house and old Nissen hut, and has been on site since 1955.’ However, what is a common thread among all Scout buildings I’ve visited, whether in a village, town or city, is a sense of history, peace and calm. At least until the Scouts pile around the corner and into the yard, shouting and laughing.

Hackney is one of hs the poorest boroug of London and Scouting is one ofle the few affordab activities around in the area In the den Once the door to the den is closed, it could be any meeting place in the country. The noise is accentuated due to the rounded roof. But they are not here to run around. The leaders use a points-based system for the Patrols, with the one who wins the most points treated to a day out at the end of term. Jim barks: ‘One minute, Patrol!’ As the Scouts stand in line, a quick check from one of the other leaders results in three sets of 50 points being deducted for lack of uniform. They’re not always so formal. The Troop meets twice weekly: once on

a Tuesday, for uniform and skills, and on Thursday for non-uniform games night. Uniform can be a divisive subject in Scouting and, in an area where gangs are prevalent and style so important, I am surprised to learn that the Tuesday night classes are more popular than the games nights. Junior, part of Eagle Patrol, is particularly proud of his uniform: ‘I look really smart and people notice it. I’m proud to be a Scout, as it teaches you to be loyal, to camp and to be able to put up tents. I wouldn’t have the chance to camp if I wasn’t at Scouts.’

Growing numbers While camping is a staple of the Troop, tonight they are designing a tile for a display to mark the 100th year of the Group. Breadth of activities and sense of community is important to the 14th Hackney’s success. Even though they’ve been around for over a century, it’s never been

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more popular. Jim says: ‘The Troop has grown from 20 to 30 in the past year.’ He credits word of mouth and community events for the increase: ‘We hold events in the local supermarket and run community days. ‘And we always get parents involved. All our leadership teams are made up of Beaver, Cub and Scout parents.’ Such as Hugh, one of the newest Scout Leaders on the team.

City versus country Some people living in rural areas wonder why anyone would choose to live in a city, never mind one as sprawling as London. But the feeling can be mutual. Hugh, in particular, wouldn’t live anywhere else. ‘I had lived in London for 18 years, then moved back to my hometown of Omagh in Northern Ireland with my wife and kids. We’d fallen into the classic trap of expecting an improved quality of life for ourselves and our children.’

It helps if one of the largest Asda stores in the country is on yourr doorstep too. Ove e one weekend, th Group raised £1,500 The reality was quite different. ‘For one thing, we didn’t need cars in London, but moving to Omagh meant we had to buy one each, with me ferrying one child some place and my wife ferrying another, in between driving to work.’ He also found the peace and quiet of country life more unnerving than peaceful. ‘By 5.30pm it was pitchblack, with no street lights and deathly quiet.’ One of his most positive experiences was seeing his sons join Cubs there. ‘I saw how much fun they were having and ended up helping out every week.’

But it was the lack of diversity with which he struggled, and they returned within four years. ‘The city is great for young people. Schools are good, they are diverse, with different nationalities. There are Scouts from ten different schools and about five different faiths here tonight.’ This means that the Troop is developing positive social skills too. Darren, from Lion Patrol, says: ‘Some of us are from different schools and it’s good to have a mix of primary and secondary. Primary kids will know what to expect in high school.’ Cities also offer access to opportunities that can be difficult to replicate elsewhere. ‘The other week we walked the eleven bridges of London and did a tour of Hackney,


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identifying prominent spaces, architecture and history,’ says Hugh. ‘We did all this just strolling around. We wear uniform, so are visible in the community.’

Affordable adventure Hackney is one of the poorest boroughs of London and Scouting is one of the few affordable activities in the area. ‘Quite a few of our Scouts come from single-parent families, so money can be tight,’ explains Jim. ‘Our subscriptions are £60 a year, and with two meetings a week, this works out about 75p per night. You can’t even buy a burger for that price. ‘We’re here to provide a service to our community, not to make money. That’s the important thing about Scouting.’

Enterprising efforts The economic challenges experienced in the Group’s local community don’t hamper the fundraising ambitions either. A planned trip to France in July requires them raising more than £3,000 for the whole Troop. This may, at first glance, appear to be a daunting challenge, but one advantage of living in a densely populated area (200,000 people in 20 square kilometres) is that bag-packing is a fruitful endeavour due to the sheer volume of customers coming through the store. It helps if one of the largest Asda stores in the country is on your doorstep too. Over one weekend, the Group raised £1,500. You wouldn’t get that from a village shop. And while raising the funds to cover the whole trip would be possible, it is not practised. Jim’s philosophy is that you shouldn’t get something for nothing. ’The parent commitment is £300, and even if this is subsidised it is important for the young people to understand the value of money. And £300 is great value for such a trip.

Where else will you get 21 days travelling through France for that?’

Parental support About 150 young people come through the doors every week, which may also be the reason why it is so popular – success breeds success. Waiting outside the den is Nina, whose son, Nathan, is one of the youngest ones. ‘He loves coming here,’ she says. ‘Even when he returns from school and is tired, he happily goes to Scouts and always comes out smiling. He went on a hike last weekend to Epping Forest, which he wouldn’t usually get the chance to do.‘ John, from the Bulldogs Patrol, feels that it is the outdoor activities that are the best thing. ‘I like to be out and about and Scouts gives me the opportunity to go outside.’ Which goes to show that what keeps the young people coming back makes no difference to where you Scout.

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Because when you need to charge your phone, trees just don’t have sockets. If you have a couple of rechargeable AA batteries, you can make sure your torch has juice as well. Contrary to popular opinion, these can actually be used in every part of the UK.

CAMP SHOWER Simply fill a bag with water. Leave it to heat in the sun for a few hours, tie it to a tree and stand underneath. A five-gallon bag will deliver an eightminute shower.



Perfect for geocaching fun or just trying to work out where on Earth you are. It’s easy to plot routes and download additional maps if you need to. You can find these at


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A compact and easy way to make sure that your young people are not overburdened. The handheld device has a clip that you can attach to a rucksack. Lift the pack and a digital display will tell you how heavy the bag is.


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One for the girls… maybe. You spray it on and your hair is revitalised, shiny and feels like new, or so we’re told.




Who needs batteries? You can also get a wind-up radio, which is ideal for winding up fellow leaders. Available from www.

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THE KITCHEN SINK By this stage you’ve packed everything, so you might as well top it all off with a portable kitchen sink. Some can store up to 20 litres of water and come with an electric pump for the taps.



Nothing says outdoor adventure for young people quite like booming drum ’n’ bass at 3am. Of course, some leaders may prefer a more mellow afternoon option with which to get their revenge.


It’s a fork. And it’s a spoon. What more needs to be said? This favourite of any self-respecting outdoor enthusiast is available from


The world at your fingertips, no matter where you are. It may not light a campfire for you, but you can download an app to tell you how. In fact, there is an app for just about everything these days – including your complete Scouting programme (see page 12 News).

Thanks to Andrew Wridle, Daniel Robinson, Lucy Jane Robinson, Anthony Eeles, John E Fry, Natasha Wright and Nigel Pope.

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Why I volunteer Volunteers’ Week takes place during the first week of June. We thought we would mark the occasion by asking a number of Scouting volunteers why they do it, what they love about it and why it’s important

It fills me with pride – Graham Haddock I can think of so many positive reasons why I volunteer that it is difficult to focus on one or two. The first time I watched three of my Scouts receiving their Chief Scout’s Award, I was glowing with pride – not just for what they had achieved, but because of the part that I had played in it. In my role as National Commissioner for Explorer Scouts and Deputy UK Contingent Leader to the World Scout Jamboree in Thailand during 2003, watching 400 Explorer Scouts run onto the arena stage at the closing ceremony left me in tears. The section that I had worked so hard with others to establish had arrived. Watching it grow steadily since has been a joy. Fours year later, at Hylands Park, I was treating a sick 15-year-old in the Camp Hospital when his leader, on discovering who I was, asked to shake my hand. He said, ‘You have done a superb job in setting up Explorer Scouts. I have never enjoyed my Scouting as much as I do now.’ Sure, sometimes it’s challenging, but for the most part, we are enriching the lives of young people; giving them experiences and opportunities that they would just not get elsewhere. I want to be part of that.

Graham Haddock is the prospective Chief Commissioner for Scotland

Nicola GordonWilson is an Assistant Scout Leader

It’s a family thing – Nicola Gordon-Wilson People think it’s hard to find the time to volunteer, but every volunteer I know just makes time somehow. I think it is definitely easier when you come from a family of volunteers, like I do. Both my brothers were keen Scouts – my youngest brother was a Young Leader in my Group for a while. In addition, my husband is a Scout Leader who has been active in Scouting all his life. Volunteering is something that we fit into our life together. It’s something we share. There’s always one evening that we will spend together every week… albeit with 28 Scouts for company. You also find yourself becoming more involved in the community. If you move to a new area, like I did recently, being a Scouting volunteer gets you known quicker. People already know my name, which is really nice.

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Hannah Kentish is an Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts)

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Rodrigo Dias Bueno is an Explorer Scout Leader

of I get so much outrv iews te volunteering… in in art it really sets me apse from everyone el It sets me apart – Hannah Kentish I volunteer in Scouting because it’s the highlight of my week and my escape from normal day-to-day life. When I’m Scouting, I know I can just focus on the tasks in hand, as well as enjoy myself. Being a part of Scouting means I am always putting something back into my community, be it on a local, national or even international scale. As a Cub Leader I see the impact I’m having on our Pack on a weekly basis. By also being a member of the County Team, I know that my support is going out to a wider range of volunteers in the Explorer Scout Section. I get so much out of volunteering. As well as a sense of pride that I’m really helping something amazing happen, I also always have something to talk about in interviews for jobs and universities, as it really sets me apart from everyone else. The best bit about volunteering is that you can put in as much or as little time as you want, so even if you can only spare a few hours, you know you are still affecting the lives of others.

I grew up in Brazil and when my dad suffered the loss of the entire stock of our shoe-store business, we had to move from a lovely middle-class neighbourhood to a poor and violent area of São Paulo. My life changed in more than one way. When Dad told me we were going to move, I didn’t receive it very well. I became angry about that situation and changed a lot, behaving badly in my new school and getting involved with the wrong people. My parents had to do something quickly in order to keep me on track, and one day they told me: ‘We are going to the Scouts on Saturday.’ I replied: ‘What is that?’ Little did I know it would change my life. Joining the local Scout Group at that time was really important for me. I learned so much and met really special friends who motivated me to study hard to go to university and get my first job. My destiny was changed with a huge variety of activities and friends. That’s why I still volunteer in Brazil and in London today. There are lots of young people, all around the world, in the same situation right now. They just need a little hand to get back on track and be happy for ever.


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Lucy Do is a marketing manager and occasional fundraiser

I did it for a friend – Lucy Do My friend Natasha works for The Scout Association and is always telling me about the fun stuff that Scouting volunteers do. I wanted a piece of the action, so I joined the team from Gilwell Park, which ran The Gauntlet, an extremely muddy and exhausting race, to raise money for Scouting. It was a privilege to be there on the day. Being in the team made me feel like I was part of something bigger and was giving up my time for a great cause. At the event, there were Scouts everywhere, from young people helping in the car park to those shouting encouragement from the sidelines. All the way round, all you could hear was ‘go Scouts!’. Volunteering is great... and it’s fun. It can indulge the big kid in all of us and it also helps society. You can get involved in really fun campaigns and activities, and it opens up opportunities that weren’t there before. I was quite proud of myself afterwards. I’d definitely do it again.

Vote for To coincide with Volunteers’ Week, Scouts will be taking over Parliament on 7 June to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of volunteering. Sam Mowbray, Head of Public Affairs, discusses the plan for the day


n the morning, MPs will be offered a taste of what it’s like to be a Cub Scout Leader at Parliament’s first ever Pack meeting. New leaders will be on hand to show parliamentarians the skills they have learned in Scouting and to explain how volunteering in Scouting has benefited them in the workplace. In the afternoon, young Scout volunteers will host an interactive

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✘ This increasingly popular event gives Scouts the chance to meet their elected representatives and let them know what Scouting means to them Tea and cakes

information stand to explain and demonstrate modern Scouting to our MPs. While we may not be able to get MPs up a climbing wall or in a kayak on the day, we will be putting them through their paces with some typical Scout activities and getting a bit of healthy competition going.

New leaders will be on hand to show parliamentarians the skills they have learned in Scouting

Heated debates That will continue into the afternoon when the All-Party Parliamentary Scout Group hosts a debate between MPs and some of our Explorers and Network members on the topic of Valuing Volunteering: How can we promote a volunteering culture in the UK? Hopefully, the debate will allow our youth members the opportunity to let MPs know their views and ideas for promoting volunteering and getting more volunteers interested in joining the Scouting adventure.

To end the day, the annual Speaker’s Reception will take place in the Speaker’s Apartments in the House of Commons, giving 150 Scouts and their MPs the opportunity to chat over tea and cakes. This increasingly popular event gives Scouts the chance to meet their elected representatives and let them know what Scouting means to them. We hope that these events will allow us to spread the word about the benefits of volunteering in Scouting and how Scouting can benefit communities so that we can attract more leaders and young people.


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The growth results in the 2011 census revealed that more girls joined Scouting than boys last year. But is only a certain type of girl attracted to Scouting, or is the appeal universal? Elis Matthews digs deeper



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ast year, 4,342 girls joined Scouting in the UK. This growth brought the number of female Scouts to 66,721, more than double the amount that was in the Movement a decade ago. In short, Scouting is more popular with girls than ever before. But there’s a problem. Ever since I’ve been involved in Scouting, I’ve heard mutterings that the only girls that want to join are ‘the tomboys’. So-called ‘girly girls’ are more interested in styling their hair than assault courses and hill walking.

We are all full of contradictions This view, which I’m sure you’ve heard too, is simplistic and plain untrue. With so many girls in Scouting, the range of personality types, interests and skills mirrors that of boys. Our values of inclusion, teamwork and challenge encourage girls to journey through Scouting and discover who they are. And besides, what is a girly girl? By using such terms, we create unfair expectations of what a girl is. I’m a boy, and sometimes I feel like running through the woods in the rain, getting muddy and not caring a jot. But that doesn’t mean I don’t also like slipping into a steaming, bubbly bath (usually when I get home). The point I’m trying to make is that we’re all capable of enjoying a contradictory

range of things, and no longer is any activity the rightful preserve of either gender.

Mixed up If we accept that girl and boy Scouts each display a wide range of traits, then we owe it to them to use the Scout method to uncover their talents, develop their strengths and unearth their identities. I met some female Scouts, former Scouts and non-Scouts who demonstrated to me the positive role an inclusive Movement is playing in helping girls reach their potential.

The starlet If you followed the ascent of small-town girl Lucie Jones, who was plucked from Welsh valley obscurity to near superstardom in the 2009 The X Factor series, you may also be aware that she was a Scout. Indeed, the songstress, who currently plays Cosette in the West End production of Les Misérables, recorded the official song of the 2007 World Scout Jamboree, the brain-searingly unforgettable (and believe me I’ve tried) ‘Jambo’. As a leading lady in musicals, and fashion model, Lucie is a woman brimming with self-confidence. Her Scouting experience was not one of a boys’ world. ‘I went on Scout camp with one of my

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friends, “tomboys” who get stuck in with everything – a great array of people.’ Maybe there’s something in the argument that in Scouts, we’re not about the labels. Everyone’s invited and everyone’s included, it doesn’t matter what music you like, or how you dress, or whatever. Maybe it’s the inclusive welcome that’s our strength. As Bonita points out, ‘I love going down and visiting the local group because they are fun and welcoming, and that’s the best thing about Scouts.’

The programme holds the key

best mates who is the girliest girl ever. We both loved it,’ she says. The crucial gift that Scouting gave Lucie was the encouragement to follow her dreams. ‘As a little girl I dreamt of acting, modelling and singing. Now I do all three. Scouting taught me to apply my skills. I went to the Cardiff Gang Show last year, where boys and girls were showing off their creative talents. It was great!’ Now making her way in a notoriously tough industry, what she learned as a Scout – to be self-confident and mix easily with all types of people – has stood Lucie in good stead. ‘The best advice I have is to remember to be yourself and be nice to people.’

Experienced leaders, who were around when girls first started turning up in section meetings and have witnessed the increase first-hand, see only the benefits in a more diverse membership. I ask Carlisle Explorer Scout Leader Eddie Ward if the programme has to change to accommodate girls. He’s adamant: ‘Our programme has not changed as the number of girls has grown, and I think it would be wrong for us to do so. We are obviously providing something that is attractive to girls (and boys) as is reflected in the increased membership. In my experience, we get all types of girls. We attract those who enjoy an active, adventurous lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or girl; you have to be prepared to muck in.’

The mountaineer

Sharp shooters

Bonita Norris is the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Since her trip in May last year, newspapers and magazines have vamped up her blonde-bombshell image. Therefore, you may not liken her to the traditional impression of girls in Scouting, but that just goes to show that stereotypes are just that and often unreliable. From an early age, Bonita loved the outdoors, excelled at athletics and got stuck in with countless challenges, however mucky. But she still likes her home comforts and pretty things. When we interviewed her, she was dressed to climb, but carried her mobile phone and keys in a black leather handbag. She sees it as her mission to inspire young people by talking about her experiences. She says, ‘I’m an average girl who took on a big challenge and didn’t give up on a seemingly impossible goal. ‘When I visit my local Scout Troop, I see all types of girls and boys: “girly girls” who chat constantly with their

It’s not just the girls: female adult leaders are just as diverse. Chris Nagle, Scout Leader in Greater London North, has as many women as men in his 12-strong leadership team, and they are encouraged to take up all manner of activities. Chris gives a prime example: ‘A mum who’s had three girls go through the Troop recently took on a Troop Assistant role with us, and so we looked to send her

‘I love going down and visiting the local group because they are fun and welcoming, and that’s the best thing about Scouts’

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off on some training. To everyone’s surprise, she ended up doing a weekend’s shooting course and is now qualified to teach the Scouts air rifles. Not only did she enjoy learning a skill not stereotypically associated with women, she came third in the competition at the end of the course, beating someone who’d been in the Territorial Army.’ He adds: ‘It’s important that girls and women in Scouting are given the opportunity to take part in all activities, not just those traditionally associated with women, so they can fulfil their potential. It’s exactly why I’d encourage the boys to do the cooking and washingup. Everyone deserves the full experience. They’re all Scouts, after all.’

Not a boys’ club At an Explorer Scout meeting in Blackburn, the girls and boys are working together cooking global cuisine on gas stoves. ‘We like that everyone’s treated the same,’ says Halie. ‘We don’t think of it as a boys’ club that we’re invading. Everyone’s equal here.’ The boys certainly seem to like having the girls around and are extremely comfortable in their company, falling over themselves to be photographed together. I’m not sure this is the case everywhere, particularly among the younger age groupings, but it occurs to me that exposure to both sexes at an early age in the informal setting of Cub camp or a Beaver nature walk could play a positive developmental role.

‘We don’t think of it as a boys’ club that we’re invading. Everyone’s equal here’

Read more about Lucie Jones in our Facebook interview with her, and see the special interview with Bonita Norris on page 42. Find out more about Scouting for All at

Among girls, growing up in Scouts is a helpful influence in deciding what sort of women they will be as adults. ‘I see myself as a normal teenage girl with tomboyish traits,’ says Rachel, an Explorer Scout in Eddie’s Ayers Xtreme Unit. ‘Sometimes I feel like making an effort and dolling myself up, but often I’m not bothered about the way I look at Scouts. You can say that Scouting attracts both tomboys and girly girls, but many girls are both.’

Scouting for all She’s right, of course, and Scouting is at its strongest when it’s appealing to everyone. Paulina Sekrecka works for The Scout Association on projects that build on Scouting’s inclusive mission, and is keen to promote the benefits of Scouting to girls who wouldn’t naturally assume it’s for them. ‘There are already 66,000 girls in Scouting, with all sorts of personalities and needs. Girls shouldn’t miss out because we assume some of them don’t want to join – they already have.’ For Paulina, it’s about delivering Scouting for all: ‘We want Scouting that reflects local communities. A mixed environment allows boys and girls to learn about each other, and about themselves. There may be girls who think Scouting is all about rock climbing and hiking; let them know that we have 200 activities including cooking and performing. Scouting is too good to leave anyone out of it.’ With positive role models like Bonita Norris and Lucie Jones for girl Scouts to look up to, we can offer an inclusive welcome to all girls in all sections, and not worry too much about labels. In fact, the way I see it, even the girliest girls would enjoy the thrill of a zipwire, so what’s stopping them? If it’s only our attitudes, these can easily be changed.

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What inspired you to go and climb Mount Everest, aged just 22? Kenton Cool, the mountaineer, gave a talk on Everest and my jaw was just on the floor when I listened to him. He talked about how he could see the curvature of the Earth, how he battled through bad weather and had such an amazing experience over two months. I just thought that I wanted to feel that for myself, to see that with my own eyes. What was the journey from Base Camp to the summit like for you? Getting to Base Camp takes ten days so it is a big trip in itself. If you ever get the opportunity – do it! You get to immerse yourself in the Nepalese culture, to walk through the Himalayan foothills and meet amazing people. Base Camp is at 5,300 metres so you are talking about somewhere higher than a lot of mountains around the world and that was our home for two months. From Base Camp onwards you are going up to 8,800 metres – into the death zone. Living on bottles of

oxygen, it is really difficult to eat, incredibly cold and you’re self-sufficient up there. It’s tough and you lose a lot of weight, but you come home having had an amazing time. How has being the youngest British woman to conquer Everest changed you as a person? That’s such a good question. The first thing that I thought when I got back down from the summit was ‘I am not changed at all’. In the same breath I’ve had wonderful opportunities since climbing Everest to meet lots of people around the UK, in schools especially. I go and speak to school kids about climbing Everest and about achieving their own dreams. That’s a real honour and Everest has allowed me to do it, I am very thankful for that.

‘Base Camp is at 5,300 er metres, somewhere high than a lot of mountains around the world’

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What is your greatest ambition? I have so many and I can’t really pick one that I would like to do more than any other. At the moment, it’s a trilogy. My ambition is not only to be one of the first women to climb Everest, but to go to both the North and South Poles as well. I am well on the way, so fingers crossed it happens sooner rather than in a few years’ time. Do you think that Scouting can appeal to all kinds of girls? I definitely think and know that it does. When I visit my local Scout Group on occasions, the girls there have all different personalities. You have ones who like to go and have a chat and see their friends, then you’ve got the more tomboy ones who like getting stuck in. The boys also have all different kinds of personalities. It’s a really friendly atmosphere and I love going down and visiting the local Group because they are fun and welcoming and that’s the best thing about Scouting.

‘Don’t think that because you are a girl you can’ t do it, we can do everything that boys so can and that is what’s g, great about Scoutin it encourages everyone to do the same things’ In Scouts we have 66,000 girls, what kind of thing could you do to inspire them to go and do similar activities? I go on these expeditions and, I hope, prove to women and girls that if you want to go to these mad places, you can do it. I would say to any young girls who were interested in experiencing the outdoors more to just give it a go. Don’t think that because you are a girl you can’t do it, we can do everything that boys can and that is what’s so great about Scouting, it encourages everyone to do the same things.


Bonita Norris will be one of the special guests at Reunion 2011, giving a talk about her Everest expedition. Reunion is an annual gathering of more than 2,000 adult members from all over the UK and the world. If you’re a leader or Scout Network member, visit uk/reunion to secure your ticket for this popular event.


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Family training camp

on a training Hilary Galloway reports nce weekend with a differe


wo things are unusual about this training weekend in Staffordshire: fewer than ten of the 60 adults have any Scouting experience and the majority have brought their families along with them for the two days. Which might explain the wide game taking place in the nearby field. Elyas, who’s been helping out at his local group in Newham for three months, is attending the weekend, run by the Muslim Scout Fellowship, a National Scout Active Support Unit. ‘There’s nothing for Muslim children where I live – a poor area of London. It’s my responsibility to look after the kids, which is why I got involved. Scouting’s an affordable activity.’ In just 13 years, the number of Muslim Groups has grown from one to 35, and I can see why. The Muslim Scout Fellowship has been working hard to support and develop Scouting in predominantly Muslim communities. And none of these are closed groups. Attyyah, 24, tells me about the strategy for her area. ‘In Peterborough, there aren’t many Asian children in Scouting. We will start up a Muslim Group and then mix in the community by building relationships. Scouting offers this opportunity more than even school does.’

Family friendly To drum up enough leaders for so many new groups, the Unit has had to think differently, as Syed Miah, National Development Officer (Muslim Scout Fellowship), explains: ‘Generally, the husband and wife are involved in Scouting, so it’s impossible to get them both away at the weekend. Bringing the children along is the simple solution.’ And it’s not exactly a drag for the children, according to Rizanna, who has brought her two along for the weekend while her husband is training. ‘If we weren’t here, one of my children would be on the PlayStation and the other watching TV. It’s great to see all the kids running around.’

A few adjustments The training programme was adapted slightly to meet some cultural needs. For example, everyone’s up at 5.30am for morning prayers, there’s no alcohol and the burgers grilled over the campfire are all halal. These adjustments are small, but it’s important that the training can be flexible enough to adapt to cultural sensitivities. The Muslim Scout Fellowship runs courses across the country, and has held sessions in Derby, Oxford, Bristol and London. They stick to seven selected modules, but, as Syed explains, these weekends are about more than just training. ‘It’s also about motivating them. They may have some affiliation with a Scout Group, but little or no experience of what Scouting is actually about. These are designed to give them the confidence to go back home, and push to start up a Group.’

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The Muslim Scout Fellowship runs seven training modules annually, all of which are paid for by the individuals

Photographs: Arthur Garlick

Andrew runs a tent-pitching tutorial

, one of my ‘If we weren’t hereth e PlayStation children would beron g TV’ and the othe watchin A running start Starting up new Groups is what the majority of the participants will be doing. It’s no mean feat when your experience is so limited, but the current 35 Muslim Groups are flourishing, and with a network of support, it works. Fatima and Rizwana, from Newham in London, are two such new leaders. ‘We launched our Group in November. I was hesitant at first, but if you plan well, it will go well. We get a lot of support from the District.’ Ambitions are great. The target is to have 15,000 Muslim Scouts by 2012, which would make The Scout Association representative of the wider UK society (Muslims make up 3 per cent of the UK population). With the right amount of commitment, support and enthusiasm, this goal might just be achievable.


At such a family-friendly weekend, even the trainers at the event were married and they brought along their child, Charlotte. Andrew and Kay Hill are part of a Scout Active Support Unit supporting training. Kay is also a Diversity Ambassador. ‘We have 20 people in our Scout Active Support Unit, from Training Advisers to Caterers,’ Andrew explains. ‘We run 47 courses throughout the year: four residential weekends and four non-residentials. We also support other learning.’ Kay believes that the familyfriendly environment of the training is something of which Scouting should do more. ‘We have a lot of parents who have gone to great lengths not to bring children. Allowing children to come along to the training can make it work for everyone. And the children get a weekend away as well.’ ‘The Scout Active Support Unit has been successful,’ adds Andrew. ‘The number of Wood Badges we are awarding in Greater Manchester East has rapidly increased.’

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Module 1

A new e-learning version of Module 1 is out now. Samantha Marks has the essential information

Bare s l a i t n e s s E Module 1:

Module 1: Essential Information is a mandatory module for nearly all adults in Scouting. It explains the fundamentals of Scouting as well as details of the structures in place to support you in your role. As an association, we are committed to helping adults in Scouting in the best way possible

to enable them to have an enjoyable, fulfilling and effective role within the Movement. Providing an award-winning training scheme is part of this, which is why we’ve reviewed and updated this core module. New e-learning, an interactive DVD and Trainer’s support materials have all been produced.

What’s new Trainer’s notes The trainer’s notes have been reviewed to ensure they are consistent with Policy, Organisation and Rules, general advice and guidance. There are no fundamental changes, but the objectives and content have been updated. A core PowerPoint template that can be

used by trainers will complement the trainer’s notes. The trainer’s notes can be downloaded via a PDF format online. A print-to-order facility for a basic printed version is available from the Scout Information Centre.



This can be ordered through the Scout Information Centre. Training Managers will also receive guidance on how the DVD can be used within a blended learning approach.

This is an exclusive online resource. Access it in the Module 1 section of learnersresources Training Managers have received support information and guidance for Training Advisers on how this should be supported. This is an online resource only and will not be available as a hard-copy resource.

Adult’s Personal File and Training Adviser’s Guide There are some subtle changes to the validation criteria within Module 1. The Training Adviser’s Guide has been updated and is available online and to purchase. The Adult’s Personal File will be updated in the summer, as part of the calendar of updates.

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Chart your course

A nautical chart contains various signposts to navigate by. Instead of churches with steeples and contoured hills, these charts contain the positions of buoys and the depth of the water. Learning a different set of symbols and how to use them is the first step to mastering marine navigation.

The right latitude

Longitude and latitude are the northings and eastings of the nautical chart, and tell the navigator their position in relation to a set of parallels and meridians that wrap around the Earth. Latitude runs vertically with the equator as the zero point; longitude is horizontal on the chart with the Prime Meridian at zero. Seeing your location as N 51° 31.928 E 000° 00.281 rather than a six-figure reference can take getting used to.

Going the distance

WAY TO GO ost Scouts Map reading is a skill m t when you learn at an early age, bu werboat, get on board a ship or po and so do the the landscape changes sic principles maps. Here are some ba of marine navigation

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Nautical charts contain many features that appear on Landranger Maps, but in a slightly different form. All of these are helpful if you know how to use them. The distance scale is in yards, metres and nautical miles, and will help you plot your course and estimate how long it will take.

Don’t lose the plot

Plot your first course in waters you are familiar with and use the aids on the chart to steer your vessel through good water. The depth charts will help you do this. Draw lines on the chart of the course you wish to take and use the compass rose to determine the headings (or bearings) you need to get you there. Work out the time it will take based on the speed of your vessel (or the speed of your slowest Scout).

Getting in deep

One of the important functions of a chart is to show the sailor how deep the water is. Numbers all over the chart

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indicate the depth soundings (conventionally measured with a lead line) and the colours also correspond to depth (white = deep; blue = shallow). The curved lines are fathom curves and these show a profile of the bottom.

Let’s talk about sextants, baby Although GPS devices can calculate position electronically with the help of satellites, an instrument invented by the Victorians can give incredibly accurate readings with the help of charts and some nautical knowledge. The sextant measures the angle between the sun and the horizon. Knowing this can help you plot your position and help you navigate.

technology, but when the GPS fails, Scouts need the basics to fall back on. With so much coastline in the UK, not to mention the bounty of inland waters, we’re blessed with many opportunities to board boats and teach young people the skills to take command. Marine navigation for sailing and powerboating is an activity steeped in heritage, and also has great links to leadership skills and problem solving. So make contact with your local water activities provider or enrol on a course to start learning the basics and get your Scouts afloat.

Hey buoy

Buoys are not just decoration to break up the blue monotony of the sea. Each has a purpose and serves as an aid to the seafarer. Learning their meanings and locating them on the chart will help you stay on course, particularly when navigating close to land. Of course, the theory is all well and good, but there’s no replacement for learning these skills first-hand from an experienced skipper. Some skills are conventional and are being challenged by modern

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1 4 2 Rowing

Sometimes known in Scouting as pulling. Rowing boats come in all shapes and sizes, from single person to large gigs that need Scouts to all pull together. A good activity for those with little experience on the water to get used to being afloat.

Dragon boating

You’re unlikely ever to see this activity as an Olympic event, but the peals of delight as a motley crew of Scouts paddle to the beat of the drum is a great experience for all.


The abundance of inland waters and canals makes the UK a haven for barges and narrowboats. Introduce your Scouts to water activities that engender leisure and careful steering. Operating the locks and cooking onboard make narrowboating a multi-skill day out.




Kayaking is great fun, and there are many different strokes and techniques to learn. Scouts will want to learn the Eskimo roll, but they should know how to paddle correctly and capsize safely before moving on to such complex skills.

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Sailing has its own terms and is where knotting comes into its own. Young people can graduate from small dinghies to piloting a tall ship across the Channel. Every year, Derbyshire Network sails a 49ft Oyster yacht off the Suffolk coast. ‘We spotted seals basking in the sun, and countless fish,’ said Dan Weaver, after a trip.


Whether taking a leisurely trip on a river or charging through open water on a RIB, powerboating is a serious pursuit. Learning to be responsible for a powerful craft can be a huge confidence boost to a Scout.


Ian Ganderton has kayaked on the world’s most challenging waters, but it all started in a Scout hut in Stourport-on-Severn I first went canoeing with Mid-Severn Sea Scouts in the early 1980s and a lifetime of paddlesports followed. I now live in the United Arab Emirates, where I work as a sea kayaking instructor. Troop kayaking sessions led to me joining a local canoe club. Then I started a career in the outdoor industry. I’ve paddled all over the world, including a descent of the Mountain River in Canada, in 2005. I’ve also led expeditions in Honduras, Ecuador, India, Iran, Kenya, Uganda and Peru. I really want to pass on just how big an impact the Movement can have on people and the places it can take them. Scouting opens doors to the big wide world of adventure.

GET ONBOARD All water activities operate under The Scout Association’s adventurous activity permit scheme. For advice on the management of these activities for your Scouts, speak to your local activities commissioner or use findanactivity

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RULES AND GUIDANCE Are your boats shipshape?

All boats owned and operated by Scouting must be inspected and registered; this comes with the benefits of then being able to make use of lots of pieces of inland water without the need to buy individual licences and permits. For details of the waters that this affects, go to fs120617. Find the boat inspection and registration process at

Where to go

Within Scouting, waters are classified as C, B1, B2, B3 and A. This helps you know which rules apply for the activity and waters you are going to be operating on. The definitions of waters can be found in Policy, Organisation and Rules (rule 9.44) and many waters have already been classified locally and listed in the National Directory of Waters (

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A stroll along Central London’s South Bank takes in many of the city’s iconic sights CENTRAL LONDON Key facts

DISTANCE: 5km (3 miles) TOTAL ASCENT: Negligible START: Tower Hill underground station FINISH: Westminster underground station MAP: London A to Z SCOUTING CLASSIFICATION: Terrain zero Starting from Tower Hill underground station, head towards the Tower of London and the River Thames. Cross Tower Bridge [A] and then follow the riverside path on


the southern bank. Pass City Hall and HMS Belfast before walking beneath London Bridge to Southwark Cathedral [B]. Continue past Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to the Tate Modern [C] and the Millennium Bridge. Follow the diversion signs here to avoid the building works at Blackfriars Bridge, before rejoining the river by the Oxo Tower [D]. The last section takes you past the Royal Festival Hall to the London Eye [E], before crossing Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament and finishing at Westminster underground station.


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Want a longer walk? Continue your stroll through St James’s Park to Buckingham Palace, then meander through Hyde Park to High Street Kensington underground station.

Add interest to your walk There are numerous museums and attractions on this walk, but some highlights could include: ■ Discover centuries of British history and the world-famous crown jewels at the Tower of London. ■ Visit HMS Belfast and discover what life was like onboard this World War II cruiser. You can even ‘kip in a ship’ overnight for a truly unique experience. ■ Challenge your perception of modern art at the free Tate Modern gallery. ■ Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from the London Eye. Alternatively, visit the free viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Oxo Tower.

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the broad coastal path to the famous chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks [E], then continue along the clifftop path to the edge of Swanage [F]. Navigate through the residential streets to the promenade and celebrate the completion of your walk with an ice cream or a paddle in the sea on the way to Swanage station.

Want a shorter walk? Starting beneath the ruins of Corfe Castle, first make your way onto the chalk ridge of Brenscombe Hill [A]. Enjoy views north over Poole Harbour and south over the Purbeck Peninsula before eventually descending to a road [B] at a gap in the hills. Leave the ridge here and head north-east across the heathland to the curious Agglestone [C] and the village of Studland [D]. Take

■ Enjoy the beaches at Studland or Swanage. Both offer paddling and swimming, plus room for games. ■ Check the rules relating to swimming at swimmingupdates ■ If you are staying longer in the area, why not add a visit to nearby Brownsea Island to see the birthplace of Scouting? www.

The clifftop section from Studland to Swanage is a most enjoyable five-mile walk.

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DISTANCE: 11km (7 miles) TOTAL ASCENT: 925m (3,000ft) START: Sannox FINISH: Brodick Castle MAP: 1:25,000 sheet 361 | Isle of Arran SCOUTING CLASSIFICATION: Terrain two Starting from the small village of Sannox, head west into the immense glacial valley of Glen Sannox. Follow the heather path beside the river, which eventually makes a steep and rocky ascent to the Saddle [A] at the head of the valley. Continue up the ridge onto the summit of North Goatfell [B], wind your way through the rocks of the Stacach, before the final ascent to the top of Goatfell [C]. Take time to savour the outstanding view before following the east ridge and the main tourist path heading towards Brodick. Cross the deer fence [D] and continue through the trees into the grounds of Brodick Castle.

Want an easier walk? The out-and-back tourist path from Brodick to the summit of Goatfell is an easier option, particularly if the weather is poor.


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â– Enjoy the view A road map of Scotland may not help you navigate this walk, but it can be a great help in identifying the peaks and islands visible from the summit. On a clear day, you can see the Mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland to the islands of Islay and Jura, and the peaks of the Highlands.

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FOOD G N I N E K AWA Does orange juice count towards your five-a-day? Should Scouts on activity camps be sustained with high-energy drinks? Should a Cub eat the same meal as an Explorer? Scouting asked an expert to calm our culinary concerns


etting up a camp for young people has more than its fair share of considerations: insurance, travel, medical supplies, emergency contacts and providing an interesting programme of activities. Not surprising then, that sometimes the choice of food is not prioritised. But any experienced leader will tell you that a well-fed camp is a happy camp and ensuring that good food is provided is essential.

Know the essentials

‘Most people know the basics of healthy eating; namely having five portions of fruit and vegetables a day,’ says registered dietitian Laura Carstairs. ‘I would also recommend that young people have three portions of dairy a day (low-fat milk, cheese or low-fat yoghurt) and two to three portions of protein a day (meat, fish, eggs, beans or pulses).’ Of course, Scout camps are all about activities, so what foods

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should be on an adventurous menu? ‘Make sure meals are starch-based, as this gives young people energy,’ she continues. ‘Potatoes, rice, pasta, bread and cereals are perfect. Maintaining a good flow of healthy snacks between meals, especially during an activity-filled day, is also recommended.’

‘You can make it fun too. Get young people involved in the preparation or choose a theme, lar such as a particu e’ country’s cuisin And what should be avoided? ‘Sugary foods and drinks such as sweets, chocolate, biscuits, full-sugar fizzy drinks or squash. These may provide a quick burst of energy, but your Scouts will quickly become hungry again.’


Camp food needs to be relatively quick and easy to prepare with limited storage and cooking equipment. Don’t underestimate the value of tinned foods (especially fruit, soups and vegetables) and dried foods (such as fruit) as a good source of nutrition. Try to base meals around starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and cereals. Offer sugar-free diluted squashes, water or milk. One small glass of unsweetened fruit juice a day counts as one of your five-a-day. The composition of a Beaver Scout’s meal would be the same as that of a Network member – just the quantity should vary.

Online guides Some great ideas can be found on the NHS and British Dietetic Association (BDA) websites. ‘Some very simple things can make food more interesting,’ says Laura. ‘Use a range of different breads, such as wraps, bagels, pitta breads and wholemeal breads. Vary fillings between meat (or a vegetarian substitute), fish or alternative filling, such as egg, hummus or cheese. ‘You can make it fun too. Get young people involved in the preparation or choose a theme, such as a particular country’s cuisine.’

Cold-weather food Given the vagaries of the UK summer, it’s always good to know what to do if your summer camp turns into a cold and wet affair.

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‘Soups are ideal,’ says Laura. ‘They are nutritious and, just by adding pulses or beans, very filling. ‘In addition, porridge for breakfast, stews and casseroles for dinner, and rice pudding or custard for dessert should be more than enough to keep your Scouts full, warm and happy.’

More information

Visit or www.bda. for lots of great tips and advice for your camp. For yummy recipes, check out Camp Cooking on page 65 and all our previous recipe ideas at uk/magazine

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Eat breakfast every day Breakfast is essential to give young people the energy they need. Ideas for breakfast: ■ Toast/bread (especially wholemeal) ■ Cereals (especially wholegrain) that are lower in salt and sugar ■ Porridge can have dried or fresh fruit added to it to make it sweeter ■ Scrambled/boiled/poached eggs or baked beans on toast ■ Low-fat yoghurt on cereal or with fresh fruit. Five portions of fruit and vegetables daily Fresh, tinned, frozen, dried all count towards your five-a-day. It may be easier on camp to use tinned and dried fruit. Try having fruit and vegetables as a snack: grapes, strawberries, raisins, sultanas, cherry tomatoes, carrot or pepper sticks. Visit and search for ‘five a day’ for more great ideas. Calcium-containing foods for healthy bones and teeth Young people, particularly aged between 11 and 18, need lots of calcium. To get the required amount of calcium, they should have three portions of dairy foods a day, such as a 200ml glass of milk (aim for semi-skimmed), a small (150g) pot of low-fat yoghurt or a matchboxsized piece of cheese (hard or soft). Milk with cereal or in porridge counts, as do hot chocolate/ Ovaltine/Horlicks made with milk. Limit high-fat and high-sugar foods Foods such as chocolate, crisps, sweets, biscuits, cake, fizzy drinks, fried foods and takeaways should be kept to a minimum. Healthy snacks Use fruit and vegetables, breadsticks and yoghurt as snacks. The NHS and BDA websites also have some good guidance.



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ARE YOU ? E I T T I F A With the Olympic and Paralympic Games around the corner, there is no better time to start getting fit. We’ve enlisted Jennifer Anderson to help you Regular physical activity improves your cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, motor skills and flexibility. It can also reduce the likelihood of coronary heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and improve your mental health. So, let’s begin with the first five steps:

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Consult your GP

Check with your doctor to see if there are any activities or sports that are not suitable for you, based on any health issues that you may have. Most conditions can be accommodated or adapted within a training programme, but it’s worth getting the all-clear to go ahead.

What’s your goal?

‘I want to get fit’ is a great start, but it helps to identify a goal. It might be to run a 5km race, lose a stone, give up smoking or be able to run about with your Scouts. Just like your weekly programme, identify what you want to achieve and how to get there.


Find something you enjoy

Joining the gym is not always the answer. You might prefer cross-country running or a brisk walk with the dog. You might want to try an aerobic class or competitive sports like badminton or five-a-side football. It all counts. What’s most important is that you vary the activity, mix cardiovascular and weight-bearing activity and change your programme at least every 12 weeks.


Calories in, calories out

There are lots of tools to help you measure your calorie consumption. Ideally, try to balance how much you’re eating against how many calories you’re burning. To lose weight safely, reduce your calorie intake gradually and don’t cut out more than 250 calories per day.


Give yourself time

The first few weeks will be tough. Your body will be using muscles it didn’t realise it still had. Build up your activity levels gradually and once exercise becomes routine, it will be much easier to maintain.

Good luck. TIP: If you’ve never run before, don’t go out for a ten-minute sprint and wonder why your lungs and calf muscles are screaming after two minutes. Employ a one-minute walk/one-minute run routine and repeat this five times and you’ll get to the end of ten minutes safely.

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Camp cooking

As the winner of the first Junior MasterChef, Georgia had to prove herself in the kitchen under the watchful eye of judges John Torode and Nadia Sawalha. Now, she shares one of her winning recipes

o t g n u o y o Never to g n i k o o c t r a t s If you’re on a residential trip with a kitchen, you can make this creamy soup with a hand blender or liquidiser. If not, try a chunky variety and leave out the penultimate step.

Cream of tomato soup

Serves 4, Preparation 15 mins, Cooking 30 mins Ingredients extra virgin olive oil half an onion 1 medium carrot handful of fresh basil 1 garlic clove, chopped 8 large, ripe plum tomatoes,

skinned and seeded 500ml chicken stock 1 dessert spoon of tomato purée 3 tbsp double cream ½ tsp red wine vinegar 1 egg yolk salt and pepper pesto to serve

Method n Put a couple of glugs of olive oil in the saucepan. n Chop the onion, grate the carrot and roughly chop the basil. Add these and the garlic to the saucepan, put on the lid and allow to soften.

n Pierce and blanch the tomatoes in boiling water. Cut in half and de-seed. Chop roughly and add to the saucepan. n Sauté for another five minutes and add the chicken stock and purée. n Leave to simmer for 20 minutes. While this cooks, mix together the cream, vinegar and egg yolk. Season. n Liquidise. n Add cream and egg mixture, then swirl in the pesto.

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The UK has the highest rate of sexually transmitted fec in tions and teen pregnancies in Europe

Resources to help Explorer Scout leaders tackle the subject of sexual health and relationships have been made available with the support of a sexual health charity

My Body, My Choice contains seven programme ideas aimed at Explorer Scout Units, which introduce and explore the issues of sexual health and relationship choices. They range from exercises that discuss the vocabulary of sexual health to a mix-and-match game about sexually transmitted infections.

Expert advice During the development of the activities, The Scout Association consulted the young people’s sexual health charity, Brook, whose expertise in the area was extremely useful. Brook’s chief executive, Simon Blake, said of the resource: ‘It is clear and simple and is the type of information young people tell us they need to help them understand how their bodies work and to help them make informed decisions about these matters.’

nurse and ‘As a sexual health a Scout leader, thisyisfoan r The excellent opportunitto take a Scout Association rection to step in the right dir young help promote ou ’ n people’s health Da

orks ‘As someone who w with young pregnaiant ill nt teenagers, it is brde ded that Scouting hasinfocirm to support and le’ our young peop Bev A comfortable environment Online, there was plenty of support for the new materials, which include a flyer for young people. Mark James, a leader from Bodmin, wrote on Facebook: ‘It is great to see an issue like this actually being dealt with. By providing young people with accurate information, we can help them make better decisions. They are often more comfortable talking to their Scout leader than a teacher, and now we have something to turn to.’

Not alone

Of course, leaders are not on their own, and if you feel uncomfortable using these materials, you should enlist the help of your local sexual health clinic. Ask Brook is a confidential service that gives advice to young people – 0808 802 1234. Brook provides training, resources and leaflets to support you in this work. Visit to find out more.

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Teach your Group money management skills with this practical new activity pack from NatWest

There are some activities that will get your Scout group buzzing, such as canoeing or abseiling. In contrast, ‘how to manage your money’ activities could be just a little more difficult to make interesting. ‘How do you make managing debt fun?’ says Pete, a Scout Leader from Derbyshire. ‘It’s certainly a challenge, and trying to think of activities that teach money management skills can be tricky.’

Activity pack A new MoneySense activity pack will make it much easier to help get across the message of handling finances to your Group. We’ve teamed up with NatWest to produce these packs for Scout leaders. They will be full of activities that teach money

management skills, from an Apprentice-style challenge to a money personality quiz. NatWest MoneySense is a programme that has already helped more than two million secondary schoolchildren in the UK. ‘Whether your Scouts need help with budgeting for an activity, or simply want to learn some new skills, these activity packs should prove a helpful and valuable resource for Scouts and their leaders,’ says Graham Steven, from MoneySense.

Vital life skills NatWest research shows that approximately two-thirds of UK adults feel having lessons in money management would have better equipped them to deal with the financial challenges of modern life. The new activity packs will cover these five key themes: l Money and your life l Making the most of your money l Fundraising l Money and event management l Running your own business. Each theme will feature three different activities and will soon be available as PDFs for Scout Leaders to download online from www.scouts. Sally Hilton, from The Scout Association, says: ‘We hope these activity packs, which will be available for all sections, will help Scout leaders teach this vital life skill.’

more info To find out more about NatWest’s MoneySense for Schools programme, visit

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Beside the seaside

How to be prepared for a safe day out at the coast Weather, tide times and other hazards, such as mud, offshore winds or crumbling cliffs, are some of the risks to check for before setting out on a coastal visit. Every year, the coastguard deals with around 600 cases of people being cut off by the tide. There are also many cases of people becoming disorientated in fog, stuck in mud or in need of assistance due to lack of planning. The coastguard recommends the following when preparing your Scouts for their day out on the coast: ● Find out whether there is a lifeguarded beach you can visit ● Check for local hazards, such as mud flats or crumbling cliffs, by carrying out some research on the web, talking to local people or phoning the nearest coastguard station ● Get a weather forecast and tide

times for the day. You can find weather information online or via TV or radio forecasts. Tide times are also available on the internet or you can buy local tide tables at shops and chandleries ● Check you have the right gear with you. This includes appropriate footwear, sunscreen, wet-weather

Coastal safety competition and resources We’re asking Scouts to give us their ideas for promoting safety at sea or along the coast. This could be designing a leaflet or poster, a film, a presentation or a radio advert, and can be done individually or together in Patrols. Download the Coastal Safety Challenge resource sheets and more information about the competition from

clothing, drinks, a torch and a fully charged mobile phone ● Tell a shore contact where you are going and when you expect to return ● In an emergency, raise the alarm with the lifeguard or, if you are not on a lifeguarded beach, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

The deadline for entries is 31 October. The winning entry will receive £500 towards an adventure of their Troop’s choice while two runner-up Troops will be awarded £300 and £200 respectively.

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Entries should be sent to Sally Hilton by email to sally.hilton@ or by post to Sally Hilton, The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW..

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NEW! Ask Camp thecooking experts


The best way to improve your skills is to get out and about and practise them

The Scouting panel is here to answer your Scouting questions and concerns

I’m new to Scouting and have a limited knowledge of all the skills and, in particular, knots. What would you recommend starting with? Austin says: Bushcraft encompasses many topics and most leaders have more skills than they think (knotting, firelighting, map-reading, etc). One of the best approaches to any bushcraft skill is practise; make sure the basic knowledge you’ve mentioned is up to scratch (and safe). There’s lots of things to try in The Complete Guide to Scouting Skills book and for further reading try Joe O’Leary’s The Wilderness Survival Guide.

Genuine prospective Scouts are covered for accidents during Scouting activities

I’ve completed Module 1 and am halfway through Module 2, but I am going to America for six months. Will my training be invalid? Sam says: There is no time limit set on when training ‘runs out’, but we recommend that Getting Started is completed in five months. Training consists of two parts: learning and validation. If you have completed the learning, then you shouldn’t need to do it again; it is unlikely you will ‘forget’ in six months. But validation is putting that learning into practice, and you can’t do that if you are not doing your Scouting role! So, when you come back, get to work on putting that learning into practice, and pick up from where you left off. But I’d recommend speaking to your line manager first.

Our Scout Group has three prospective Members: two children and a leader who have not yet been included on the census returns and have not paid their membership fee. Will they be covered under The Scout Association’s Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Insurance? Ralph says: Yes, the policy covers Members who have joined since the last census, and genuine prospective Members for medical expenses for personal accidents that happen on Scouting activities.

This issue’s experts: Skills: Austin Lill is a Cub Scout Leader Training: Sam Marks is an Adult Support Adviser (Training) Insurance: Ralph Doe is a Liability and Insurance Adviser for Unity (Scout Insurance Services)

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Whether you’re camping with a new leadership team this summer, firing up the barbecue or just setting out for a day of adventure, we want to see it all happening. That’s why we’ve launched The Big Adventure photo competition. We’ll feature the best images on the website and in Scouting magazine – and it could appear in the souvenir book. Don’t forget to capture photos of your new adults having a great time on their Big Adventure. The deadline for entries is Thursday 1 September 2011, but we’d like you to start uploading your photos now.

Don’t forget about the other categories in the Scouting magazine photography competition: ■ Urban Scouting ■ Diversity ■ Action Go to scoutingcompetition2011 and upload your photographs. Please ensure that you provide an email address where we will be able to contact you in the event that you are on the shortlist.

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Round our place

Sierra Leone is one of the designated UK solidarity countries for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree so Jalikatu, a Scout in the capital Freetown, invited us in for a peek at life there



ur Scout Group is attached to the SOS Children’s Village school. I don’t live in the village, but it’s fun being a part of this group. The Scouts from the local community pay fees and part of the subscription helps ensure that the children in the village, many of whom are orphans, can participate in Scouting. We have around 100 members. The younger sections meet in the morning and the older ones gather in the afternoon. We wear our Scout uniform to school on Tuesdays and Fridays and are involved in many activities on those days. Sometimes we need to assist our leaders and help with the younger sections or undertake special tasks at school.

Inside and out Activities are held in the school playground unless it is very hot or during the rainy season, when we use the school hall. This is a large room with block windows that allow air to circulate and keep the hall cool. Sometimes we meet under a tree when we hold one of our regular meetings at the city

zoo. There we learn about animals and get to experience the wildlife of Africa. We see baboons and chimpanzees and are taught about how important it is to respect and protect them. Each year we have national camps and meet Scouts from other regions. We learn many skills, but also teach our younger members. I love the campfires. There is an action song, Singin’ in the Rain, that I enjoy. I think a lot of you will know that one.

Best wishes My favourite bits of Scouting are the hikes. We have a regional hike each year to the top of Mount Sugarloaf. Scouts from all over Freetown participate. We spend the day climbing to the top, have lunch and then make our way back down again. It is such a fun day and you meet many people. Scouting is a big part of my life and I love it. I would like to send my best wishes to all my brother and sister Scouts in the UK, and a special hello to the 12th Cambridge Group with whom we communicate.

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James Newton James Newton is spending six months in Stockholm volunteering for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree. He took us on a virtual fivemile journey around the perimeter of the event site Scouting magazine: What’s the weather like? James Newton: The weather has been great. We arrived in March and managed to catch the end of the Swedish winter, which gave us the opportunity to get a little skiing in. Now summer is here and all the flowers are out. We even spent a few hours by the lake this weekend. SM: Tell us a bit about the Jamboree site. JN: It was a regular field with a few cows and some surrounding forests. Now the building phase has started and I have been fortunate enough to see some detailed plans of the layout and it looks amazing with lots of areas to explore. SM: What’s your role in Sweden? JN: While we are given a variety of roles, depending on the needs of the office, my main areas of focus are answering queries from Contingent Management Teams and supporting the Corporate Partnerships Team.

SM: What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you over there? JN: We hosted the third Head of Contingents visit in Malmö, which was attended by more than 250 people representing 57 countries. It was amazing to see how hard everyone is working to make this Jamboree great. It’s also been incredible to find out how many considerations need to be taken into account when arranging such a massive event as the World Scout Jamboree; queries can range from dietary requirements and transport arrangements to pole sizes and internet access. SM: What are you looking forward to most about the Jamboree? JN: I am most looking forward to seeing all the hard work put in by thousands of people over the past few years come to fruition. This will hopefully result in a unique

and wonderful experience for all who attend, but especially for the young participants. I’m also really looking forward to seeing young people from every corner of the world come together to share their cultures and join together in Scouting.

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