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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

9TH APRIL 2011 COUNTY ITEMS WYSMAIL – What’s it all about? BIG Camp update Safeguarding courses update County Explorer Scouts Linking Challenge 2011 Thank you! Green Withens update BIG Camp staff required Surfs up! New Training Course launch Calling all 18-25 year olds X-Net 2011 County Network Limelight event County Explorer Shooting Comp County Survival Skills weekend Explorer GO Canoeing Day County Network programme dates A Grim two weeks ahead!

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS District Commissioner Recruitment Catch up time Night Hawk Challenge Blackhills Campsite – Social Roast Support request Kirkburton Beer Festival Fun Casino Night Todmorden Gang Show Ilkley Moor Bah’t ‘At Walk 25th Anniversary

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS Scouting magazine online Safe swimming I agree with Bear – Don’t raise our rents! Staples vouchers announcement My Body, My Choice You can ask the questions! Apex Extreme 2011 Explorer Big Game Live invitation Happy Birthday

OTHER ITEMS 15th Burley Bridge Hike Active Kids is back!

COUNTY ITEMS WYSMAIL – What’s it all about? For some readers this will be the first time that your inbox has received the County eNewsletter for West Yorkshire Scouts. Communications is always a hot potato when the discussion of support (or lack of!) comes up on training courses, meetings, and other gatherings of leaders/adults. There is no perfect solution to the issue of ensuring that those offering Scouting are provided with all the information they receive at the right time, but every little helps. This digital newsletter was the natural evolution of a hardcopy resource which was known as the LINK magazine. In addition to becoming paperless it is published fortnightly (though extra “shorties” may be seen when appropriate). Whilst every effort is taken to keep the content fresh and accurate, it is important that articles are emailed to the editor if additional coverage is required. One of the problems with using the internet to distribute information is that not all the adult membership of West Yorkshire Scouts have access to the net. Past experience has shown that printed copies mailed out centrally are expensive and time-consuming and so we request that you consider pinning a copy to your Group noticeboard or sharing it with others in your team. Remember to keep your details up-to-date on

Editor: Mark Pullen Tel: 07774 400404 / Email: County Office: Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, Tel: 01484 715858 / Email: West Yorkshire, HD6 3TU

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BIG Camp update

Safeguarding courses update

4th – 7th May 2012 Great Yorkshire Showground – Harrogate

Thank you to the 404 adults that have attended one of the courses since last September - you have worked us hard but we have met the challenge and will continue to do so whilst there is the demand.

Big Camp Info Nights We have a series of info nights booked for the coming month - these are designed so that people can come along and talk to members of the BIG Camp team, ask about the paperwork, even book onto the event but mainly speak to someone face to face and ask questions. They are being held locally in districts but you can come along to any event even if it is not in your district! The evenings will be a “drop-in centre” so no need to be there for the whole night or in uniform. 3rd May – Blackhills Scout Camp (Eaton Centre / 7:30pm-9:30pm) 4th May – Heckmondwike Scout HQ 10th May – Newsome Scout HQ (Huddersfield) 11th May – Curley Hill Scout Campsite (Ilkley) More dates to follow.

The update on course dates until the end of 2011 is: - Wednesday 27th April (7pm – 9:30pm) - Tuesday 19th July (7pm – 9:30pm) - Wednesday 7th September (7pm – 9:30pm) - Sunday 9th October (9:30am – 12:30pm) - Sunday 9th October (1:30pm – 4:30pm) - Tuesday 22nd November (7pm – 9:30pm) - Wednesday 7th December (7pm – 9:30pm) All the above courses are non-uniformed and held at the Jubilee Centre (Bradley Wood Scout Campsite, HD6 3TU). Please note that the evening courses start at 7pm prompt – it’s a very busy two and half hour course and if you turn up late you might be refused admission.

Change to Adult Prices Following discussion and feedback with adults in the County, the BIG Camp planning team have decided to REDUCE the price of adults attending the event.

To book a place please contact Beryl Fishwick on

Adults (leaders for all sections excluding Beavers) = £15 - (this includes tea and coffee all weekend, entertainment and a quantity of drinks tokens tbc) Beaver Leaders = £10 this includes the above relative to the time that they are at the event.

There are four simple elements to this challenge (details on

Beaver Scouts The question has been asked whether Beaver Scouts can attend the event over the period specified but not take part in the sleepover – the answer is “Yes” and we are currently looking at how this will work, pricing etc...details very soon! Newsletter The first newsletter is now available to download from


County Explorer Scouts Linking Challenge 2011

All that you have to do to take part in the challenge is register on the Explorer pages of and keep updating us on how your challenge is going!

Thank you! Many thanks to everyone for their kind words, flowers, and cards during my recent stay in hospital. Recovery is slow but starting to feel better and managing to get out to some meetings. Hope to see everyone again in the near future. Chris Watson Deputy CC / County Training Manager 9th April 2011

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Green Withens update

Surfs up!

Courses and Taster Sessions We are now starting to take booking for sailing courses and taster evenings. See the downloads:

Saturday 16th April – 7:30pm Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Campsite West Yorkshire Scout Network invites all the Network members and Adults to a fun filled charity evening of quizzes and competitions - All Proceeds to CLIC Sargent.

We have also arranged four Cub Water Activity badge days. See the downloads: Further details are attached and will be available on our website soon. Peter Haigh 01484 425524

BIG Camp staff required I am very aware that you are busy trying to identify numbers from within your groups and districts for those attending the Big Camp, however I would also appreciate your help regarding staff. This event will offer many adults who are not directly supervising their “own” participants the chance to utilise their existing skills or more importantly develop new skills and experiences. Could you please do all that you can to encourage applications for staff – details of staff roles together with how to apply can be found at and then click on the ‘staff’ tab. The deadline is extended to the 15th April and we are hoping to review all applications for staff roles after the end of the month so any help/ prompting you are able to offer before then would be very much appreciated. Robert Teasdale Camp Chairman


Only £2.50 per ticket! Fancy dress is encouraged with a beach party theme with prizes for the best! Burgers, hot dogs etc available to buy on the night! Tickets are available from Matt Turner on or 07984 033551.

New Training Course launch Tuesday 3rd (evening), Saturday 7th, and Sunday 8th May 2011 This course covers modules 20, 21, 23, 24 and 26 and is aimed at GSLs, ADCs, DCs, and ACCs. The venue is the Cedar Court Hotel (top of the M606 near Bradford) and is free. The Saturday night hotel accommodation is included on a twin room basis (singles rooms may be available subject to availability at a cost of £20). Email to reserve a place or with any questions.

Calling all 18-25 year olds Want to know more about the Scout Network in West Yorkshire? Do you want to help develop the Scout Network in your district? Are you an Explorer Scout Leader who wants to know more about options past 18? Then please contact me to discuss or arrange to get-together! Matt Turner County Scout Network Commissioner 07984 033551 9th April 2011

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X-Net 2011

County Explorer Shooting Comp

This is a 2-day Explorer/Scout Network County event that will take place over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of June 2011.

The final took place recently with 8 teams and 9 individuals battling it out to take the Shooting Cup for 2011.

The Camp will be relaxed with plenty of time to chill out and catch up with friends but there will also be plenty to do with activities planned at Blackhills Scout Campsite and Reva Water Activity Centre.

The winner of the individual cup was David Rogers of Bingley Sea Scouts, and the Winning team from Bradley Wood Explorer Scouts included William Hadfield, Sam Wrench, Joe Capon and Michael Jones.

If you are interested in signing your unit(s) up for this event, please email me on and I will send you the relevant forms etc in advance of the event.

Well done and thanks to all those who took part in this fantastic event and look out for next year's dates being released very soon!

There are limited numbers on this event due to transport and capacity at Reva so get your bookings in quick! I will consider bookings from groups where the leader is not present subject to enough leaders being present on the weekend and also them being confident in cooking for the weekend etc on an event passport. Cost of ÂŁ20 includes camp fees, activities, transport to Reva and the BBQ on the Saturday evening. Download the poster ( and programme ( to promote locally. Any questions, please give me a shout and I look forward to hearing from you soon! Gaz Pierce Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) Tel: 07970 427073 Email:

County Network Limelight event Saturday 10th September 2011 Details of the event can be downloaded from


Gaz Pierce Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) Tel: 07970 427073 Email:

County Survival Skills weekend Friday 8th – Sunday 10th July 2011 Blackhills Campsite Entries are invited on the basis of teams of three or more Explorer Scouts/Scouts/Guides. One or more teams may be entered. Individual entrants will be accepted on the understanding that they will be formed into composite teams for the duration of the camp. Previous training / experience is essential; this camp is unsuitable for first time / inexperienced campers. A limited number of places are available for those wishing to take their instructor award. Further details are available to download: Flyer Info Booking form Badge requirements Or from: Survival Camp, Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Campsite, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 3TU

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Explorer GO Canoeing Day Sunday 8th May 2011 This is open to a limited number of Explorer Scouts so I look forward to getting some bookings in pretty soon! Bookings can be done via myself and or through The downloadable poster ( has all the details on - forms etc will follow to those who are successful in booking onto the event. I also need a few people to support this event from a leader perspective so please also pass onto the leaders in your districts that if they fancy driving the busses over and back and getting on the water and ensuring that the young people are ok then please contact me a.s.a.p. - there will be no charge for leaders supporting. Gaz Pierce Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) Tel: 07970 427073 Email:

County Network programme dates This is a selection of both West Yorkshire events and others run across the County. Network Charity Quiz 16th April – 7:30pm onwards Bradley Wood Scout Campsite The Network Gathering 2011 22nd - 25th April Great Tower Campsite - Windermere Cost £19.50 Further information and booking details are available from More dates can be found at

A Grim two weeks ahead! 15th - 16th October 2011 Brace yourselves for the launch of bookings for Grim 2011 – two weeks and counting. Email to get involved.

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS District Commissioner Recruitment Work has begun to identify potential applicants for the role of District Commissioner in Bradford South. This is an open procedure and the search group are looking for someone who wants to make a difference in the local community, someone who has enthusiasm and enjoys working with adults. Do you know someone who has the ability to motivate others? Do you know someone who can help this Scout District grow so that more young people get the Opportunity to have the adventure of Scouting? Are you interested in finding out more? We now need your support in finding the right person to inspire, motivate and encourage others. A search letter ( and nomination form ( can be downloaded for circulation locally. We would appreciate responses by the 16th May 2011.


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Blackhills Campsite – Social Roast

Catch up time My name is Joe Eastwood and attending the 16th Huddersfield North "Sedicem" Explorer Scout Group in Lindley. Earlier this year I was asked if I would be interested in taking the place of one of the members of the West Yorkshire Contingent who had decided to withdraw. I had no hesitation in accepting the offer. My task now is to catch up with the fund raising efforts of the rest of the contingent from the Huddersfield North District. To this end I intend (along with my dad who is a Cub Scout Leader with Birchencliife Scout Group) to undertake the challenge of walking the Kirklees Way (all 72 miles) over the Easter holidays. Our aim is to set off following the Easter Sunday Dawn Service at St Philips Church in Birchencliife and complete the walk inside three days. A tough task I am sure but one we are determined to complete. If you would like to sponsor us in our efforts, please send your pledge by e-mail to Any amount no matter how small or large would be most gratefully received. Joe Eastwood

Night Hawk Challenge

Saturday 21st May 7pm till late This is an event for over 18’s, Wardens, Leaders, Scout Active Support, BLAST members etc. A social event for all with a selection of 3 roast meats, with accompaniments, desserts and your first drink at the bar included, and all for just your £3.00 ticket. Tickets are available up to Saturday 14th from Sharn Race, Eric Chapman, or Wendy Flatters.

Support request The Co-operative has launched an initiative which will support the most popular “revolution” in each region with a £5,000 cash injection. The Revolution Show Corps (aka Queensbury Scout Band) has been given the opportunity to organise and run a competition for show bands from across the UK in the BYBA divisional competitive season which will be held in Bradford this summer. We urgently need to replace our show uniform for the members (both new recruits and the older ones who are growing!) along with new instruments for the percussion section. We aren’t looking for people to put their hands in their pockets – just hoping that they will visit and vote for us. Please ask others you know to also vote.


This event is will take place on Friday 7 and Saturday 8th October and is organised by Huddersfield North. The event is open to teams of 4 to 7 Scouts or Explorers who have been trained in night navigation and stealth who will aim to complete the hike without being caught by the hunters. To register your groups interest or for further details please contact Paul Crawshaw on


Kirkburton Beer Festival Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June 2011 A flyer is available to download ( for this event being organised by the Kirkburton Uniformed Groups. Please consider sharing this with our friends and colleagues in scouting - everyone is welcome! Martin Smith 28th Kirkburton Scout Group.

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Fun Casino Night Saturday 14th May 2011 St Mary’s Parish Centre (Church Hall), Church Lane, Mirfield 7:30pm – 11:30pm (Casino 8pm-11pm) Dress For Success! Price Tickets £10.00 (Ticket price includes entry, supper & your first £100 worth of betting chips.) 8th Mirfield Cubs are offering an sophisticated evening’s entertainment for adults only with a professional casino (and Croupiers), pie & pea supper, Licensed Bar, Quiz, Fun and Games. The Casino Night does not offer cash prizes and is for fun only – The initial “£100 worth” of chips included in ticket price, additional chips may be purchased for a nominal fee if required. Chips may not be exchanged back to cash equivalent - Full details available on request Please circulate the downloadable flyer available from Contact Chris Wilding (01924 501248) to reserve tickets.

Ilkley Moor Bah’t ‘At Walk 25th Anniversary Sunday 1st May Latest – The event clothing order form is now available - There is a choice of 3 distances: 10 Km is a short distance of 6 miles, suitable for both Beavers and Cubs. 20km is a more challenging route for Cubs and Scouts over 12miles. This route seems to be the most popular because it is an achievable challenge. 40Km is for experienced walkers over 24 miles. It is a challenge for Network, Explorers or Scouts who are experienced long distance walkers. The walk must be finished within the times. The entry form, poster, and details can be downloaded from & Email: Phone: 01274 772051 Address: 7 Oakfield Avenue, Bingley BD16 4RA

Todmorden Gang Show 11th - 14th May 2011 Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden. Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm The Tod Gang Show is a modern up-beat show where traditional numbers mix well with modern classics and current chart hits. Our gang members join us from Scout and Guide groups across Calderdale and surrounding boroughs to perform annually at the Hippodrome Theatre in Todmorden. Tickets for show performances can be purchased online by visiting our booking system at Phone enquiries: General 01706 810821 Tickets 01706 816568 Flyer available from



Scouting magazine online A digital version of your membership magazine is now online. With videos, blogs and exclusive online content, it's an interactive companion to the print version. You'll also be able to view section supplement articles, and browse subject areas, such as skills or health. To access the online resource

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Safe swimming As part of the ongoing review of all Scouting activities, the rules on swimming have been amended. The new, simplified arrangements will ensure that running such activities is easier for leaders. The details can be found


The main changes are: • Paddling has been clarified and requires no qualification by leaders • No further qualifications are required in instances where a lifeguard is provided (including swimming pools and beaches) • Swimming in pools and Class C waters are now managed in line with other Class C water activities. No qualifications are required by leaders • Swimming in all other open waters (B1 and higher) has been simplified and safety cover can be provided by either: - a water activities permit holder (when following the guidelines outlined in the swimming factsheet) - someone who holds the Royal Life Saving Society Water Safety Management Programme (WSMP) or any equivalent or higher award.

Any activities planned under the existing rules can still take place under these revisions, which are implemented and in use immediately. The review and consultations were revised to fit with the way swimming activities work in scouting by teams of specialist activity volunteers, representatives from the Royal Life Saving Society, staff members and volunteers across the organisation via Scouting Plus, survey and formal discussions. A number of WSMP courses are scheduled A team of trainers is being recruited to help deliver the WSMP courses. Guidance has been updated in the shape of the swimming factsheet ( and POR.

I agree with Bear – Don’t raise our rents! Have you got involved in the campaign to get local councils and landowners to reconsider alarming increases in ground rents for Scout Groups? State your personal support and make sure our voice is heard.

Full guidance is available in the swimming factsheet

On the website ( encourage everyone to sign the petition.

Why change? The revised rules for swimming are determined by the classification of water location and required supervision. It ensures that you can continue to provide accessible activities for young people in a safe environment.

On Twitter, use the #iagreewithbear and #dontraiseourrents hashtags in your messages or link to

Communicating the new rules The rule changes are initially being communicated to volunteer commissioners and advisers who specifically support relevant activities.

On Facebook, update your status with “I agree with Bear” and then include a link to Encourage youngsters to record a 5 second video saying “I agree with Bear” and contact and we will tell you how to get your clip to us and we’ll make a montage.

Please ensure that this is passed on to those adults in your area who this affects.


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Staples vouchers announcement

Apex Extreme 2011

If you still possess any “£5 off” vouchers from Staples please note that they are valid until July 2011.

October 7th - 9th 2011 West Yorkshire

No further vouchers are available. Neil Leatherland

My Body, My Choice The Scout Association has launched a sexual health and relationships programme designed to encourage young people to learn about relationships and sexual health with their peers and trusted adults. The new educational material, My Body, My Choice, is available for leaders to use in a relaxed and informal environment. It is a follow up to initial guidance produced in 2008 and reflects the growing demand from both adult leaders and young people for more support in this area. This resource is aimed at the Explorer Scout section and details can be found by visiting

You can ask the questions! The first ever Scouts’ Question Time will be taking place in Leeds on 25th June. With speakers from the National Union of Students, shadow leader of the House of Commons Hilary Benn MP and educationalist and Telegraph commentator Katharine Birbalsingh, this promises to be an exciting afternoon where you can discuss topical issues with panellists and others in Scouting.

For full details, check out the event website at

Explorer Big Game Live invitation Nottinghamshire County Explorers Scouts would like to challenge your Explorer unit to our Big Game Live event in Nottingham on the weekend of 8th - 10th July 2011. The weekend will be based at Robin Hood Scout camp in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. For teams of 5 Explorers, the cost will be £35 per Explorer which includes all food, transport during the event, camp fees, an event t-shirt and entertainments during the weekend. The cost for leaders will be £25. More information is available on our website Ian Ellis Nottinghamshire Explorer Scouts

Happy Birthday Beaver Scouting is 25 years old this year and the North East Region challenges you to take part in our 25 Year Birthday Challenge. The challenges can



The North East Region Team

There will be a travel bursary of up to £30 to ensure finances are not a barrier to participation. Light refreshments will be provided. Please circulate the flyer ( and to book your place contact the Public Affairs & Campaigns team on


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15th Burley Bridge Hike Saturday 16th July 2011 A 21 Mile Walk, with about 2,700ft of climb, around Rombalds Moor taking in Cow & Calf Rocks, Windgate Nick, Leeds & Liverpool Canal and returning via Hawksworth Moor and Burley. The Walk is in aid of funds for a pedestrian bridge over the River Wharfe at Greenholme Farm, Burley in Wharfedale. (GR 166474). Further details and application form available to download from Please note that West Yorkshire Scouts and the WYSMAIL editor accepts no responsibility when dealing with external organisations/companies.

Active Kids is back! Active Kids 2011 is up and running. You can collect vouchers from 9th February to 31st May 2011 when you shop with Sainsbury’s – see the website below for full details. If your Group isn’t registered yet call 0844 415 8440 or visit (BT customers will pay no more than 5p per minute. Call costs from other providers may vary) Please note that West Yorkshire Scouts and the WYSMAIL editor accepts no responsibility when dealing with external organisations/companies.


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Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Campsite 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

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The Scout Information Centre is available from 8am until 7pm Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings 9am – 12 noon.

COUNTY STORES 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 or 01484 311662. A list of equipment for loan is available on request.

COUNTY TRAINING COURSES The details of all the modules can be found on the online diary ( and bookings can be made directly by visiting

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Fortnightly internal newsletter for Scouters in West Yorkshire