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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

2ND JULY 2011 COUNTY ITEMS Important Recall Notice County Explorer Scouts Linking Challenge 2011 County Survival Weekend BIG Camp Update Supporting the County charity Network Forum & Activity Day Chief Scouts Award Presentations County Network Limelight event County Beaver/Cub Winter Wonderland Grim again! BIG Camp Scrounger needs your help – please! Safeguarding courses update

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Costume Sale Help us to celebrate our 60th anniversary! Blackhills Campsite Updates County Watersports Centre taster sessions Night Hawk Challenge Car Boot Sale

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS New Powerpoint template You Scout Gilwell Reunion Changes to badge requirements Media workshops Apex Extreme YouScout Happy Birthday

OTHER ITEMS Safety at sea competition Eureka! Cub Badge Days Giants Birthday Bonanza Start counting your Active Kids vouchers Austrian Jamboree Anniversary

COUNTY ITEMS Important Recall Notice Have you purchased any climbing equipment in the last 6 months? Did this include any Petzl GriGri2's? If so, there has been a safety recall on a certain batches, as the auto-locking mechanism can fail in certain circumstances. Please see the following websites for more detail, which batches are affected and also how to return any defective units: Gavin Cox County Climbing Advisor

County Explorer Scouts Linking Challenge 2011 There are four simple elements to this challenge (details on 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!

County Survival Weekend Final payments for the survival camp are due by the 6th July to the County Office please.

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

County Network Limelight event

Over 3,000 bookings have come in but it isn’t too late to do so.

Saturday 10th September 2011 Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Scout Camp site, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, HD6 3TU

Visit for details of this massive camp open to all sections - booking forms are available to download from Important - at this stage you don't need to be able to provide names for participants so don't wait for parents to reply! If you have any questions then please contact the event organisers directly by visiting

Supporting the County charity Richard Oldfield (Huddersfield North District and member of the County Programme Support Team) is raising funds for CLIC Sargent by taking part in the Bupa Great North Run of the 18th September 2011. Please consider supporting his efforts by visiting

Network Forum & Activity Day Sunday 10th July 1pm - 7pm Rokt Climbing gym, Brighouse Only £5 per person Open to Network members Anyone 18-25 wanting to find out more Explorer scouts 17+ Full details (including how to book) are available on the downloadable flyer found at

Chief Scouts Award Presentations There is a confirmed date in the diary for the next event which will take place in Keighley on Sunday 2nd October 2011.

But that's not all why not make a weekend of it, camping is only £2.50 including breakfast on the Sunday and you could even try one of the many activities on site. For information regarding Limelight 2011 please contact either Matt Turner (07984 033551 / or Phil Stephenson (07818 507418) or by downloading the booking form/poster ( and sending it with a cheque to the above address.

County Beaver/Cub Winter Wonderland Saturday 10th December 2011 This fun day will take place at Bradley Wood Campsite – make a note in your diary.

Grim again! Friday 14th – Sunday 16th October 2011 It’s getting even more Grim up t’North – the bills are going up, wages are going down.... We here in Yorkshire think it’s all a bit daft, so we are keeping Grim the same price! Grim returns for 2011 even bigger and better! More training, more activities and much more fun! So join us for a weekend of grownup Scouting, socialising and learning. Tickets for the weekend start from £12.50 Flyers and bookings form available to download by visiting:

Details will be circulated via WYSMAIL and the website in due course.


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BIG Camp Scrounger needs your help – please! If you know anyone or anywhere I might obtain the following then please call me on 0114 246 0244 or 07831 356370. Square bales of hay Large sheets of chipboard Huge roll of plastic sheeting Spray paints (for the graffiti wall) 3 large commercial vehicle batteries Tons of sand Hi Viz jackets An old car! The Scrounger (aka Neil Leatherland)!

Safeguarding courses update The update on course dates until the end of 2011 is: 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. To book a place please contact Beryl Fishwick on

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Costume Sale Spen Valley Gangshow has 100’s of costumes for sale including: Skirts & tops Trousers & shirts Dresses Character & period costumers Hats & wigs Prices from 10p! For more details contact Ann Wood (01274 878057).

Help us to celebrate our 60th anniversary! On Saturday 23rd July it’s our Group's 60th Anniversary, come along and help us celebrate! The day starts at 10.45am with a parade through the centre of Golcar at 11am. Following the parade the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire will officially open Golcar Scout and Community Centre on behalf of the Queen. The Chief Commissioner of England will be officially opening the 'Gilwell Room', a multipurpose room designed for both meeting and training events. You can visit our History of Scouting Museum, have a go at Archery or have fun on the bouncy castle! Why not sit back and relax and watch 'The Legend of Robin Hood' - our feature length film, staring members of 4th Golcar Scout Group! Our event promises to be a great day for anyone with an interest in Scouting or adventure! If you require further information please email or for directions visit


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Blackhills Campsite Updates Energy Costs As with most of you at home and along many other campsites and Group headquarters, we have absorbed consistent price increases from our energy suppliers of gas and electric. We are no longer able to sustain these increased costs within the hiring fees and for building bookings from October 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012 a winter surcharge will regrettably be levied. In order to be as fair as possible, we will be investing in energy conservation equipment by installing time and temperature clocks to the buildings. We will be calculating the potential savings against our energy bills and discussing the surcharge level during August; we will then post the final figure on the website, and update the on-line price lists. We will be accepting bookings (where availability exists) at the current price list till then, on our usual number 0845 094 8894. Smoking Policy We all have a responsibility to make sure we offer Scouting to young people in a safe environment. The well-being of the young people in Scouting is paramount and we must ensure that no young person is subjected to tobacco smoke. This also applies to anyone who does not wish to be subjected to tobacco smoke. As such this campsite operates a smoking policy in addition to laws which already prohibit smoking in all enclosed buildings, and tents/marquees. Smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area of the main site car park. Please dispose your cigarette butts responsibly.

County Watersports Centre taster sessions We are now starting to take booking for sailing courses and taster evenings. RYA Level 1 – Explorers/Adults Sunday 21st and 28th August Sunday 25th September and 2nd October RYA Start To Sail Stage 1 – Scouts Sunday 17th and 24th July Sunday 21st and 28th August Sunday 18th and 25th September Troop Taster Evenings We have also have one remaining Cub Water Activity badge day in the diary – Saturday 10th September. See the downloads: Please note that the minimum swimming requirement excludes some young people, but that is the Scout Association rules. We also have a minimum age of 9 years old as we know from past experience that water activities are more suited to the older children. Further details are on our website including a map of how to find us. Peter Haigh 01484 425524

Smoking is not permitted in any areas of the woodland or surrounding areas of the site, including pathways or outside of accommodation buildings. Blackhills Management


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Night Hawk Challenge This event is will take place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October and is organised by Huddersfield North.

You Scout With members from every part of the UK, Scouting represents a range of views - we want our public affairs work to do the same.

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.

That’s why we are setting up YouScout (, an opinion poll made up of Network, Explorers and Young Leaders in these sections.

To register your groups interest or for further details please contact Paul Crawshaw on

We will be calling on members of this group to give their opinions on a range of topical issues, quite often at short notice, to inform our work with the Government, media and other decision makers. If you would like to be part of this group, please complete this registration form ( If you are a leader who knows youth members who would like to help us speak out on behalf of Scouting, please do encourage them to contact the Public Affairs and Campaigns Team by sending us an email to

Gilwell Reunion Reunion is an event which happens every year on the first full weekend in September and is open to all adult Scouters.

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS New Powerpoint template One of the latest updates to the Brand Centre is a New Scouts PowerPoint template available for download at the Brand Centre by visiting


Reunion is an event which allows adults and Scout Network members to come together for a weekend full of: socialising with old and new friends programme ideas to take back to the younger sections training sessions and workshops on topics that affect you as an individual on-site activities meeting the UK Chief Commissioner and team evening entertainment including Abba Girls Gilwell Reunion bookings are now open ( for this year’s event taking place at Gilwell Park on 2nd – 4th September 2011.

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Changes to badge requirements

Apex Extreme

A number of badge requirements have been updated or amended as of June 2011.

The massive adventure event is taking place from Friday 30th September until Sunday 2nd October 2011 at a stunning new location – Bramhope Scout Campsite.

Most changes are very minor, but for full details please see the PDFs below which describe changes relevant to each section. For a full list of all badge requirements, please see the badges and awards section of Member resources (

Media workshops A series of national one-day media workshops have been arranged to provide media skills to any adult interested in doing positive Scouting media work at Group, District or County level. These events will be taking place on: Saturday 24th September 2011 - Leicestershire Scout County Centre Saturday 21st January 2012 - Leeds There will be no charge for participants to attend any of these courses. Objectives The aims of these workshops have been designed to meet the following needs: To be able to describe the Scout brand To use the brand to positively package Scouting To understand benefits of creating a positive Scout image To show participants that good PR is possible and how to do it To demonstrate the importance of planning To know what support is available for Media Development Managers and how to access it To commit to action to raise Scouting’s profile through positive media work. To book yourself on one of these courses, please email Wendy Cook ( including your name, contact phone number, email, Scouting appointment and which event you want to attend.

The team are already busy working on plans for the event including the introduction of an 'urban challenge' as well as a stack of other adventure activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and head-spinning high ropes courses. Another key date for your diary is Tuesday 30th August 2011. This is the day when online entries will open for this Apex Extreme competition, and please bear in mind the last event filled up in just 36 hours. For more details visit Bookings open on the 30th August 2011 – be aware that the last event became full after 36 hours!

YouScout The views of our youth members are a powerful way of influencing the media, government and decision makers. By canvassing young people via a short poll ( on key issues, Scouts will be able to comment on topics that affect young people. Please ask members aged between 13 and 25 to fill in a short questionnaire.

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 be


The North East Region Team


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Giants Birthday Bonanza

Safety at sea competition The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is on the lookout for Scout Groups to take part in a competition to produce material promoting safety at sea or along the coast to other young people. This could be a film, poster, leaflet, magazine, article, radio interview or whatever you like. The winning entry will receive £500 towards an adventure of their choice, while two runners-up will be awarded £300 and £200 respectively.

The deadline for entries is 31st October. Please note that West Yorkshire Scouts and the WYSMAIL editor accepts no responsibility when dealing with external organisations/companies.

Eureka! Cub Badge Days We thought you might also be interested to hear about a new programme we are offering to uniformed groups called Eureka! Badge Days where groups of Brownies, Cubs etc will be able to take part in a number of drop-in activities whilst exploring the museum and at the end of the day they will be awarded with a very special Eureka! Badge. A flyer about the Badge is available to download (


If you are not aware we have had to move our current home to The Shay ground in Halifax and have played 2 of 3 fixtures there, we have our first game back in Huddersfield on the 31st of July. For this game we are also doing a special ticket offer of a ticket price of £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, £2 for 12-16 year olds and under 12’s are free do you think this would also appeal to the Beavers/Cubs/Scouts/Explorers in our area as we are trying our best to get a bumper crowd for our first game back at home.

Send your competition entries to: Sally Hilton Corporate Partnership Team Gilwell Park, Chingford, E4 7QW or by email to

Jenny Parker Play & Learning Co-ordinator Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 Kingdom Tel: 01422 330069 (Tue – Thu)

We are hoping that members of West Yorkshire Scouts can help us to promote the Birthday Bonanza Scheme and the sport of Rugby League which we are hoping to tie in our return to the Galpharm stadium by publicising the match as much as possible.


Please note that West Yorkshire Scouts and the WYSMAIL editor accepts no responsibility when dealing with external organisations/companies.


A leaflet for the Birthday Bonanza is available to download from Louise Allchin Huddersfield Giants Ltd The Galpharm Stadium, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG Tel: 01484 484121 Fax: 01484 531712 Please note that West Yorkshire Scouts and the WYSMAIL editor accepts no responsibility when dealing with external organisations/companies.

Start counting your Active Kids vouchers Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are no longer available, so it’s time to place your order. It needs to be in by the 22nd of July. For more information visit the website or call 0844 415 8440 (BT customers will pay no more than 5p per minute. Call costs from other providers may vary).

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Austrian Jamboree Anniversary It is 60 years this year since the Jamboree in Austria and I was the youngest member of the West Riding contingent. I am in regular contact with a fellow attendee now living in New Zealand and am wondering if there are other survivors of that exciting event. I was invested in 1947 by the late and much loved Stanley Jackson who was Skipper of the now defunct 42nd Bradford East. After the ceremony he told me to remember that once a Scout always a Scout and I have tried hard to honour his memory by remembering that. Unfortunately, for long periods I had no direct contact with Scouting, however I have always felt to be a Scout bound by my Promise and the Scout Law. (I have heard that Mr Jackson’s daughter is still involved in Scouting in Bradford.) Currently I have a close involvement with the 1st Shipley (Windhill) Group having been Chairman for 5 years and now a Committee member. If there are other members of the contingent still around, please consider passing them my contact details. David Bryan 122 Nab Wood Drive, Shipley, BD18 4EW 01274 597937 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

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

WYSMAIL SUBMISSIONS Please feel free to send items for inclusion in future issues of the County newsletter. Attachments To avoid creating large emails, the editorial policy has been changed to provide links to documents that are stored online and can be downloaded if required. If possible please provide a working URL to any attachment you wish to offer to support your submission. 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 ( 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

MEMBERSHIP DATABASE Visit 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.

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


Contact them on either 0845 300 1818 or 020 8433 7100 or email

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 and then entering a few details. Visit for more information about creating your own mailing list.

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.

DOWNLOAD ISSUES? If you have any issues it is suggested that you try copying the link to an alternative internet browser. If issues continue then please email details of the link to and the document will be sent as an attachment by return.


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