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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

24th October 2011

COUNTY ITEMS Winter Wonderland Have you one that’s expired?! WYS on Show 2012 County Bowling Competition Safeguarding courses update Christmas Market Trip County Vacancy WYS on Water Canoe Club Himalayan Adventures 2013 The BIG Camp

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Bonfire Roundup Race Night Green Withens Watersport Centre Race Night Family Quiz Night Bradley Wood Campsite Newsletter

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS Social networking sites and Scouting Scout Community Week launch Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons Take Centre Stage at Windsor Media workshops Queens Diamond Jubilee Badge New recruitment video for local Scouting What do you think about the programme? Scouts Speak Up Courses It’s time to start your Sporting Adventure Happy Birthday Make use of the UK Programme Support Team Safe use of fireworks

Winter Wonderland Saturday 10th December 2011 Plans are now finalised and the event can be formally launched with the new, reduced price structure: Child (3 to 14 years) - £6 (previously £10) Adults and over 14 - Free The flyer and booking form are now available:

Have you one that’s expired?! Following the introduction of the online CRB process, all members can now see when their CRBs will expire through It is vital that all adults please check your records and make sure that you renew your CRB before the expiry date or immediately if this has already occured.

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

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County Bowling Competition Friday 11th November 2011 – 7:30pm West Yorkshire Scouts Active Support presents the first County Bowling Competition! Come and take in part in this social evening and take on the challenge. The event will take place at Bradford Hollywood Bowl, and is open to all over 18. Whether you are part of a team of 4 or as an individual this evening is one not to be missed.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax Thursday 29th March (evening) Friday 30th March (evening) Saturday 31st March (matinee & evening) Crew Recruitment The production team are still looking to recruit adults who would like to volunteer their time to support the cast in making the show one to remember. You can register your interest by visiting If you have any specific questions about WYS on Show please email Phil Pearson on

Prizes for the winning team and “best” bowler. A flyer and booking form are now available Return your forms to: Active Support C/o 5 Imperial Close, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, HD6 4DF For further details contact Rachael Kelly on email or phone 07719 988751.

Safeguarding courses update The update on course dates until the end of 2011 is: 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 Colin Knightley on

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Christmas Market Trip Saturday 3rd December Tickets — £15 a head West Yorkshire Scouts Active Support hosting a trip to Lincoln Christmas Markets.

WYS on Water Canoe Club

6 week course (6th November till 11th December) Sunday evenings from 7-8pm. are

Experience this beautiful city and the traditional Christmas Market, where you will enjoy cultural entertainment and stroll around over 250 stalls nestled with in the medieval square and surrounding area. Coach will depart Bradley Wood Campsite at 8.30am, and will drop you right in the heart of the busy market. The day is free to potter around the market as you wish and will leave Lincoln at 7pm before heading back to Bradley Wood. A flyer ( and booking form ( are now available. Return your forms to: Active Support C/o 5 Imperial Close, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, HD6 4DF For further details contact Rachael Kelly on email or phone 07719 988751.

County Vacancy We have a vacancy for an administrator to support Explorer Scouting in our County. The role will be working directly with the ACC Explorer Scouts and will cover off a number of key duties including; Supporting County Explorer initiatives i.e. Young Leader Training Communication and administration of County Explorer Events Attending sectional and event meetings, taking notes and circulating minutes Anyone interested in taking on this integral role should contact Gareth Pierce (ACC Explorer Scouts) on

Kayaking sessions running from the swimming pool at Batley Sports and Tennis Centre (Howden Clough, Batley). This is aimed at beginners and improvers from the age of 11 to 18 years so aimed at Scouts and Explorers. The cost is £30 inclusive of use of equipment and excellent coaching by qualified Canoe England/British Canoe Union coaches. Any queries can be directed to Elaine Clough by email at If you are interested please go on line and book at

Himalayan Adventures 2013 In the summer of 2013 (official dates TBC), an expedition of 50 young people and adults from across the Explorer and Network sections of West Yorkshire Scouts will be taking part in an International Expedition to India. The "Himalayan Adventures" expedition will be a unique experience with both the sights and sounds of India including Delhi and the Taj Mahal but also taking a trek into the foothills of the Himalayas, taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. A more detailed itinerary is currently being produced and will be released upon application to the expedition. We will be opening applications up for young people (Explorers and Network) to join the expedition from January 2012... look out for more information! We are now accepting applications for leaders and you can download a flyer ( and some frequently asked questions ( about the expedition and how to apply. Gareth Pierce ACC (Explorer Scouts) 07970 427073 /

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BIG Beaver event! There are 3 ways that Beavers can attend the BIG camp! 1. Arrive at 10am on Sunday 6th and stay until after the campfire in the evening. £10 per Beaver and £5 per leader, packed lunch required, tea can be eaten with your group/district or will be available at an extra charge.

4th - 7th May 2012 Great Yorkshire Showground With bookings now over 3500, we really are looking at the biggest event that the county has seen for a lot of years! Details of the activities which are being planned for the event are being promoted on the event website, Twitter and Facebook. Not booked yet? Whilst the numbers are increasing there are still sections and groups in West Yorkshire that haven’t signed up to be part of the biggest county event in years. With only 224 days (depending on when you read this issue!) to go until the opening of the camp the organisers are encouraging everyone to make sure the young people don’t miss out. Visit for more details. Green zone – Olympic Theme Planning is going well. Now I need volunteers to score events. I am looking for 60 people to help in 4 hour blocks (am/pm) over the weekend of Saturday 5th May – Monday 7th May 2012. Preferred contact by mobile on 07759501788 – please either send a text or drop me an email on David Ingram

2. Arrive at 10am on Sunday 6th and stay over with your district until 10am on Monday 7th. £10 per Beaver and £5 per leader. Packed lunch needed for the Sunday, tea & supper on the Sunday and breakfast on the Monday can be eaten with your group/district or will available at an extra charge. 3. Arrive at 10am on Sunday 6th and stay over as part of the Beaver Sleepover until 10am on Monday 7th. £15 per Beaver and £5 per leader. Packed lunch needed for the Sunday (price includes supper on the Sunday & breakfast on the Monday). Tea can be eaten with your group/district or will be available at an extra charge. We have a great 24 hours planned for the Beavers at the BIG camp, with a mixture of their very own “zone” where they will be kept busy with a whole host of activities from climbing and crafts to inflatable's and fairground rides. They will also have the opportunity to experience the whole event by taking part in some of the activities around the site and experiencing a BIG camp for themselves! They will also take part in the Camp Fire on the Sunday evening and join the rest of the sections from across the County in the Sunday night extravaganza! Please note - Beavers wishing to arrive early or depart late may do so but they must be looked after by their group / district and will not be allowed onto activities outside of the Beaver event timings

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DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Bonfire Roundup Heavy Woollen District Saturday 5th November 2011 Woolley Campsite Fire lit at 6.30pm - Fireworks from 7.00pm Adults £3 / Children £1.50 (includes Supper) Tickets available by ringing 01924 493551. Proceeds towards District Jubilee Camp 2012 Blackhills Scout Campsite Saturday November 5th 2011 This year we are pre-selling tickets, which are available from Districts and the Campsite at just £2.00 per person, entry on the night at the gate will be £2.50 per person. Free parking in the top fields.

Parkwood Scout Group Saturday 5th November 2011 Parkwood bonfire and firework display (this years theme is Pirates of the Caribbean). Fire lit at 6:30pm Entertainment, tuck shop, bar, bbq etc Adults £3 / Children £2 Tckets available from Steve Bull (01484 460564 / Lightcliffe Scout Group Saturday 5th November 2011 Lightcliffe Scout Group (Brighouse District) will be holding their annual Bonfire and Firework Extravaganza to raise money for the group. Everybody is welcome and tickets can be bought on the gate or from Brian Reeves (Group Scout Leader) on 01484 520122. The event is at Lightcliffe Scout Headquarters in Wakefield Road Lightcliffe, and the gates open at 6pm.

This event is NOT open to the general public, where possible we ask members to wear their neckerchief for identification purposes

There will be food available.

Gates open at 6pm, fire lit at 6:30pm. Food available from 6:30pm – Pie & Peas, Jumbo Hot Dogs in roll, Quarterpounder Burger, and some vegetarian options available - All at £1.50 each.

Saturday 12th November Yorkshire Rider Club, Bedford Street, Halifax Doors open 7:30pm - first race 8pm

Also available through the evening - Licensed Bar, sweets, pop etc. and souvenirs. We ask that any fireworks brought to site are handed in to the event staff for safe lighting during the display Sparklers are acceptable for personal use, however please use them responsibly and dispose of the hot remains in the facilities provided. Please keep yourself and others safe at this event, by observing all signs and instructions from the organising staff.

Race Night

Nine races plus bar plus disco Races organised by Scouts Disco by Calderdale College Food by Girl Guides Tickets £3 each Family £10 (2+2), sponsor a race £10, sponsor a horse £3 Pie peas available for £1.50 per portion on the night. Proceeds to support the Halifax Uniformed Youth Organisations St Georges Day Event (Saturday 21st April 2012 - Piece Hall, Halifax). Contact 206208 or Martin (07774 186948)

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Green Withens Watersport Centre Rescue / Safety Boat Training The RYA Level Two Powerboat Certificate is all about driving a boat, not how to help other water users. In November we are running training sessions for those who already have a P2 certificate, covering the skills required to assist other craft. We will include rescue techniques, towing and mark laying. We will also cover the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers, kayaks or canoes, or for racing or training activities. Particularly relevant to Green Withens, rescuing and towing Bellboats and rafts will be included. The dates will be:Sunday 13th November Sunday 20th November Sunday 27th November There will be no charge for anyone who helps at Green Withens, and we hope at all staff that holds a P2 certificate will attend on one of the dates. If anyone would like to attain the RYA Safety Boat Certificate, we can cover that be attending on two days. Please let me know if you are interested in the Safety Boat certificate. Again numbers will be limited by the number of boats available, so book early to avoid disappointment. We will also be looking for volunteers to take out sailing dinghies, kayaks, open boats, rafts, Bellboats and windsurfers to be rescued. Please let me know if you can help on any of these dates. RYA Small Craft First Aid Certificate This eight hour course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. It fulfils the requirements for professional skippers of small craft working within 60 miles of a safe haven and is the course is recommended by the MCA and HSE.

The subjects specific to boating include: the recovery position in a confined space; CPR, including the drowning protocol; cold shock and hypothermia from immersion and/or exposure; seasickness and dehydration; medical assistance or advice by VHF; and helicopter rescue. Although the course is aimed at those who go afloat, it is equally suitable for any outdoor activity. We have planned a first aid course on Sunday 4th December. The course will be free for Green Withens staff and only ÂŁ40 (including handbook and certificate) to anyone else in Scouting. Venue will be announced nearer the time when we have an idea of numbers. RYA Dinghy Assistant Instructor We plan to run this training course in April 2012. It will probably be run over two days and two evenings. Applicants must be a competent dinghy sailor, able to sail to Level Three standards. The minimum age is 14. Again there will be no charge for anyone who commits to help at Green Withens. To register your interest for any of these courses please get in touch. Peter Haigh 01484 425524

Race Night

Saturday 12th November (7pm to late) Cleckheaton Sports Club (Chain Bar) 4th Spen Valley Scouts are running this charity event with all proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Includes charity auction and prize draw. Tote betting for each race and refreshments available Tickets enquiries 07855 672548

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Family Quiz Night th

Saturday 19 November – 7pm The Mytholmroyd Scout Group Family Quiz Night is always an enjoyable event designed to suit everyone aged 1 to 100! It's a great night where much fun and laughter is had, no matter what your age/gender/social class! Admission Adult: £3 (£4 on the door) Concession: £2.50 (£3 on the door) Under 11s: Free Supper, a bar, and a raffle will be available. Everyone is welcome, please do invite your family and friends along too. Please drop me an email if you are planning on coming along. Billy Painter

Bradley Wood Campsite Newsletter The latest issue of Woodpecker is available to download from


Scout Community Week launch

Taking place from 14th – 20th May 2012, Scout Community Week takes Scout Job Week to the next level, offering sections, Groups and Districts the opportunity to design a fundraising project which delivers real benefit to the local community. Register now ( and view our fundraising information online ( Originally distributed via Scouting+ 21st October

Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth on the weekend of 2nd to 5th June 2012. There are many ways Scouts can get involved, one of which is to take part in the Jubilee Beacons project. There is a long history of lighting beacons to celebrate Royal events. The aim for the Diamond Jubilee is to light 2,012 throughout the UK. Scouts are invited to organise events at a local level, using the attraction of lighting a beacon to involve your community in the celebrations and raise the profile of Scouting. For more information visit

Social networking sites and Scouting Social networking offers a world of possibilities to Scouting. Many young people in Scouting are already users of sites such as Facebook and Twitter However, it is essential to ensure that you keep both yourself and young people safe online and, as an adult in Scouting, you have a key role to play in actively promoting these safety messages. The factsheet contains advice on safe and careful use of social networking sites.

Take Centre Stage at Windsor We are recruiting Queens Scouts for the teams that make Windsor 2012 happen. If you would like to be considered you need to be a member of the Scout Association and hold the Queens Scout Award or be working to complete it by 29th April 2012. For more information visit Closing date for applications 31st October 2011

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Media workshops

Scouts Speak Up Courses

Saturday 21 January 2012 - Leeds This event is now fully booked.

The Scout Association is co-ordinating six Scouts Speak Up courses around the UK. These are designed to give young people the skills to talk about their experiences to a wide variety of audiences and teach them how to undertake campaigns.


The West Yorkshire Scouts Media SubCommittee would be happy to help groups with their media coverage. Get in touch via

Queens Diamond Jubilee Badge The new collectors Diamond Jubilee badge is the perfect accompaniment to your scouting uniform. Start celebrating this wonderful occasion in style from today. Available now from Scout Shops.

New recruitment video for local Scouting A new video to help local Scouting with adult recruitment is now available. Aimed at an audience external to Scouting, the video can be found at and is an excellent recruitment tool. The longer, internal video shown to members at this year’s national AGM is also available on the same page.

What do you think about the programme? The Programme team are currently taking a critical look at the programme to make sure that it remains relevant. They need your views on what you like about it and how it can be improved. Tell them what you think using the enquiry form on the updated Your Programme, Your Voice webpage (

Attendees will gain the confidence to encourage other young people to join, adults to volunteer, and raise the profile of Scouting in their community. There are six courses running, they are: 26/27 November 2011 Linnet Clough activity centre – Stockport, SK6 5NB 4/5 February 2012 Broneirion – Powys, SY17 5DE 18/19 February 2012 Fordell Firs activity centre – Dunfermline, KY11 7HQ 3/4 March 2012 Greenmount College – Antrim, BT41 4PU 18/19 March 2012 Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre – Brockenhurst, SO42 7YQ The course is free but you will need to pay your own travelling expenses. Some participants will camp; others will stay in indoor accommodation. Full pre-course information will be distributed prior to the events To book your place fill in the form at and then forward it to Liz Wrathall - County Media Development Manager (

It’s time to start your Sporting Adventure Recently the Scout Association has launched Our Sporting Adventure, designed to help you get inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Register your team on the website and start planning your assault on the medal table. Information about Our Sporting Adventure will feature on the noticeboard Originally distributed via Scouting+ 7th October

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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



Make use of the UK Programme Support Team If you are holding an event and need extra support, Scouting has a team of staff and volunteers who can deliver information and support about Programme related topics. The aim is to make sure that all leaders are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to deliver a balanced programme. Visit for more information and to request some support.

Safe use of fireworks In the run up to Halloween and then Bonfire Night, the Scout Information Centre anticipates an increased number of queries relating to the safe organising of fireworks events. For guidance about fireworks please call the Information Centre on 0845 300 1818 or email, who can send links to various websites and a Unity (Scout Insurance Services) information sheet to make sure a firework event runs safely. The Information Centre is open 8am – 7pm during the week and from 9am – 12noon on Saturdays. Information about the safe use of fireworks features in the October/November 2011 issue of Scouting magazine.

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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



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).

BACK ISSUES The online versions of the recent newsletters are available to view online or download by visiting

To reserve equipment please contact Julie Earnshaw on or 01484 311662.



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

A list of equipment for loan is available on request.

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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