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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

24TH DECEMBER 2010

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something new along the way. This was no more brought home to me this year when I was invited to share Remembrance Day with the Cubs and Beavers Scouts of St John's Menston. The simple act of a young Beaver Scout laying a poppy made on a colony night during the service reminds us all of the opportunity we all have to influence our young people and teach them something of the legacy left to us all by our founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

Message from the CC It's been a busy year for us all - in one way or another. Amongst many changes in 2010, we saw new District Commissioners take up new appointments across our County, new ACCs lead the way across a range of County events and the implementation of Scout Active Support as a new opportunity to deliver Scouting in our County. In one way or another, the changes will have impacts us all and yet we continue to deliver fantastic Scouting to both our youth and adult members. Although, 2010 saw such events as the visit of Bear Grylls; our Chief Scout, to our County, It's Grim Up North, Midsummer Madness, Winter Wonderland, the launch of Northern Lights and international expeditions to Iceland and Nepal for me, the true success of Scouting in our County is what happens in our Scout Groups, District Explorer Units and Scout Networks every day of the year. Whether this is a Beaver Colony outing on a bus to a local museum, an Explorer Camp in the Dales, an international trip to mainland Europe or simply a fish and chip supper at a Cub Pack meeting - Scouting in our County is always a fantastic experience for our young people. A chance to share to together, have fun, make new friends and hopefully, learn

In 2011, our challenge is to improve the support we provide to Scout Groups across our County wherever they may be. This may take the form of improving the way we communicate, the provision of training to Group Executives, better support for GSLs, more opportunities for Young Leaders or simply new initiatives around recruitment. Whatever the improvement may be, our aim remains the same - to deliver open, inclusive and safe Scouting to both our youth and adult membership. In particular, 2010 also saw the launch of a series of listening sessions and the creation of our Youth and Senior Councils - all opportunities for Scouters across our County to have their say. 2011 will certainly continue on that theme - more opportunity for more people to have their say in the things we do. After all, there are circa 8200 voices in our County and they all count. In looking back at 2010 and the changes we have seen, I am also mindful of the huge part played in developing our County by those who have stepped down from a role this year. It is all too easy to forget how we have got to where we are today - a strong and vibrant Scouting County, respectful and proud of our heritage, enthusiastic and ambitious about our future. On that note, I thank those people for all their hard work and commitment over the years to

Editor: Mark Pullen Tel: 07774 400404 / Email: wysmail@wyscouts.org.uk County Office: Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, Tel: 01484 715858 / Email: office@wyscouts.org.uk West Yorkshire, HD6 3TU

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developing Scouting in our County. I also thank them for the support they have given and continue to give to new appointees - I have no doubt it is very much appreciated. It is this very act alone that reminds me of the way in which we continuing to act as a family, supporting each develop into new roles and making the most of our combined talent.

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And finally, a personal thank you to all leaders and supporters in our County for all you have done for our young people in 2010 - whatever your role in Scouting might be. From Group Executive members to Beaver Scout leaders, from campsite wardens to ADCs and from District Commissioner to Young Leaders, we all have our part to play in Scouting in our County. Without us all us, our Scouting would not work as successfully as it does. So, thank you for all you do in the name of Scouting. Most importantly, you way you personally bring Baden-Powell's gift of Scouting to the young people of West Yorkshire.

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Whatever you do over the Christmas season, I wish you a peaceful time, take care if you are venturing out in the wintery conditions and all the best for the New Year. I look forward to the challenges ahead and Scouting together in 2011. Mark

Grim tee shirts - £4 Grim and Bear Grylls event badges – 50p For further information contact Gaz Pierce on explorers@wyscouts.org.uk

The next West Yorkshire Scout Network get together is Thursday 27th of January 7.30pm at Bradley Wood. Everyone is welcome to attend to find out more about Network and get involved in the program for the year. Cake and sweets provided to get those creative juices flowing! Contact Matt Turner on 07984 033551 or network@wyscouts.org.uk.

Charity Christmas tree collection! We are collecting Christmas trees in your area on Saturday 8th January 2011. For a donation of just £5 we will collect and recycle your tree for you. All profits from this collection will be going to “Wooden Spoon” a charity for disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK.

COUNTY ITEMS County Scout Shop – Opening hours

The shop will not be open on Thursday 30th December. Due to New Years Day falling on the first Saturday of January, the shop will be open on Saturday 8th 2011 from 10am til 12 noon weather permitting!

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All that you have to do if you would like us to collect your tree is either email us at woodenspoonxmastrees@hotmail.co.uk or call us on 07970 427073 and leave a message with the following details: 1. Contact Name 2. Full address and post code 3. Contact telephone number 4. Where you intend to leave your tree and donation for collection.

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County Half-Yearly meeting

Thursday 27th January 2011 – 7:30pm Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Scout Campsite This meeting is for the sectional ADCs (or district representatives), DCs, LTMs, and Scout Active Support managers. Please confirm your intention to attend to Mark Pullen on countysec@wyscouts.org.uk

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Bradley Wood / Jubilee Centre Christmas closing The site and County Office will be closed until Tuesday 4th January 2011.

Treasure Hunt Saturday 1st January 2011 Now in its second year the New Year’s Day Treasure Hunt is a gentle, brisk walk around the scenic countryside of Mytholmroyd, suitable for all ages. Families will receive a sheet of clues and an outline of the trail to follow.

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS High ropes consultation#2 Many thanks to those of you who took the time to let us know your thoughts in our recent consultation on the governance of high ropes activities within Scouting. Based on the feedback received we have now updated the proposals. As this has led to a number of changes we have decided to open the updated consultation document up to a second round of consultation. You can find the full updated consultation at http://bit.ly/ropesconsultation along with a link to let us know your thoughts. This is not a closed consultation so feel free to pass to anyone else you think may have thoughts to add. The aim is to make sure we know exactly how any proposed changes will affect these activities within Scouting to ensure any changes improve the way this is offered for all. The deadline for feedback is Tuesday 4th January 2011. We look forward to receiving your thoughts. Activities Office The Scout Association

The route begins and finishes at Mytholmroyd Fire Station where tea, coffee and cakes will be served. The walk will start at 10.30, but early birds will be welcome earlier, the latest start time is 12.30. All funds raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity For more information email Billy (organiser) on billy@billypainter.com

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Regional Youth Forum Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd January 2011 We have been given a unique opportunity for 24 young people to go to Cornel in Snowdonia, Wales for a weekend of Activities. This is a trial which is being done for the national team to get feedback from young people on a large scale about their thoughts on Scouting and the 2018 Vision; this will be done very informally whilst having a great time Climbing, Abseiling and Walking in a great environment! A small charge will apply £10. Visit the Explorer Scout www.wyscouts.org.uk to register.

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In January 2010 revisions to the swimming rules were launched. Following the launch feedback was received and this has been looked at by a group of interested parties, including leaders, activity leaders, swimming specialists and external parties. The aim of this consultation is to make sure we know exactly how any proposed changes will affect these activities within Scouting to ensure any changes improve the way this is offered for all. The consultation closes on Tuesday 4th January 2011, so please let us have your comments and feedback by then. Comments are collected through a simple online survey. You can find the link in the consultation document, but please make sure you read the document carefully before logging your comments. found

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Tickets are currently £12.50 per person until the end of 2010 and then they rise by £1 due to the VAT changes. Have you considered asking the YP and their families to pay a deposit towards the ticket and the group covering the balance to avoid the extra cost?

Swimming rules consultation

Details can be http://bit.ly/cQvwmM

Saturday 9th July 2011 We want to encourage people – young and old alike - to join us by inspiring more people to help us deliver the best. We will update our image by showing the region the excellent scouting which is already happening week by week in a spectacular, two and a half hour, interactive extravaganza of competition and fun.

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Shout all about it! To support leaders in how they can promote Northern Lights 2011 to their members, the team have produced a number of resources. A one stop shop is available at http://bit.ly/nlpromote and contains access to all available promotional items, please feel free to spread the word as far as possible! Attached is one of the resources but more are available from the website.

Get involved Overall we are looking for a cast of 2000 young people aged 6-25 years old, recruitment for this is open now. The areas we are looking for are: Get involved as a group: Jamboree Units Gang Show Cast Members Award Holders Marching Bands Beaver Scouts from South Yorkshire 3 per Group

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Get involved as an individual: Scout Network Youth Choir Activity Pageant Instrumentalists / Show Band Camp Fire Singers Young Spokespeople / Comperes Visit www.northernlights2011.org.uk to find out how to become a cast member, help backstage, become a sponsor, or book tickets to enjoy the event.

WYSMAIL SUBMISSIONS Please feel free to send items for inclusion in future issues of the County newsletter. If you have attachments – please ensure that they are no larger than 500kb in size. Items submitted are included subject to being appropriate for the audience and may be amended by the editor before being published. Please submit your item by either email (wysmail@wyscouts.org.uk) or by post to 2 Thorn Street, Haworth, BD22 8AA. BACK ISSUES The online versions of the recent newsletters are available to view online or download by visiting http://issuu.com/wyscouts

COUNTY eMAILING LIST If you have received this newsletter by email then you are already on the list – but what about your Scouting colleagues? Signing up is simple and just requires a visit to http://bit.ly/wysmailsignup and then entering a few details. Visit http://ymlp.com?a=5C1KTK for more information about creating your own mailing list.

HQ INFO CENTRE

THE BIT AT THE BACK COUNTY SCOUT SHOP Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Campsite Opening times over the festive period may vary Open every Thursday - 7pm to 9:30pm First Saturday of month - 10am and noon. For further information contact the shop on either 01484 715858 or shop@wyscouts.org.uk

COUNTY FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/wyscouts

MEMBERSHIP DATABASE Visit http://www.scouts.org.uk and login using your membership number – if you’re not sure of this number then it can be found on your appointment card which is supplied with the Scouting magazine.

The Scout Association Offices will be closed until 8am on Tuesday 4th January. The Scout Information Centre is available from 8am until 7pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings 9am – 12 noon. Contact them on either 0845 300 1818 or 020 8433 7100 or email info.centre@scout.org.uk.

COUNTY STORES Opening times over the festive period may vary County equipment is now available for loan from the County Stores which are based in the Jubilee Centre at Bradley Woods. Opening times are every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm (and at other times by arrangement). To reserve equipment please contact Julie Earnshaw on quartermaster@wyscouts.org.uk or 01484 311662. A list of equipment for loan is available on request.

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