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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

11th December 2011

COUNTY ITEMS Gone Home The BIG Camp WYS on Show Himalayan Adventures 2013 County Vacancy

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Happy 25th Birthday Scout Shop Mock auction & Bric-a-brac stall Green Withens Watersport Centre Bah’t’at Walk Bradley Wood Campsite Newsletter

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS Using your own car for Scout activities Occasional Helpers: a clarification Queens Diamond Jubilee Badge Kindred Lodges Association Spring Festival Scout Community Week launch Contact information It’s time to start your Sporting Adventure

Gone Home Michael (Mick) Church It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Mick Church on 26th November 2011 following illness. Mick was a loyal, committed and enthusiastic Adult Leader within the Scout Movement and served Spen Valley District Scouts for many years, particularly the 11th Spen Valley Scout Group at Hunsworth. Mick took over the role of Group Scout Leader from Derek Lomas and was awarded his Chief Scouts Service Award for ten years service. Mick's funeral was held on Wednesday 7th December 2011 at Dewsbury Moor Crematorium. We share our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy with Mick's wife Sue and their family at this difficult time. Mike Terry Spen Valley District Commissioner

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

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Vacancy for a Zone Manager Key tasks - managing one of the programme zones, recruiting a team, planning activities, health and safety, budgets, procurement of equipment and running on the weekend ensuring that a fantastic experience is created for all young people taking part in the activities in the zone! People interested should email Gaz Pierce direct on The BIG Camp - 4th to 7th May 2012 Bookings are still open for the BIG Camp and the date for final payments has been extended to 29th February 2012. The BIG Camp, to be held at the Yorkshire Events Centre in Harrogate between the 4th and 7th May 2012, promises to be a fantastic event offering over 250 on site activities for members of all sections. Network / Explorers and Scouts will arrive on Friday 4th May, Cubs on Saturday 5th May and Beavers on Sunday 6th May. Full details including prices can be found on our website - Design the BIG Camp Badge We're offering one lucky person the chance to not only design the BIG Camp Badge that 5,000 people can earn during the camp but also to win a free activity session at Bradley Wood for your entire section!

Staff support needed! Would you like to support the BIG camp 2012? Would you like to join one of the many teams including retail, service team, facilities, programme, catering? Are you taking your young people to the event? If so... can you spare a little time over the weekend? Any time that you can give would be great and we can work around your group commitments... whether it is half a day or the whole weekend... it all helps and we would love to hear from you! Are you an activity instructor? We are looking for instructors for climbing, abseiling, caving, crate stacking, water activities, archery, shooting and much more! If you are suitably qualified and can join our programme team then please get in touch!

All you have to do is download the template, fill it in, and send us it before the 18th December 2011.

Do you know a group of people who would like to support the event? Maybe you have a contact with your local guides? Or contacts in another County? We are looking for teams of people including Active Supports and Networks to support us!

Post your entries to (please group entries from one section together): The BIG Camp badge competition, Bradley Wood Campsite & Activity Centre, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, HD6 3TU

Complete the general enquiry form ( and send it back to: The BIG Camp – Recruitment, Bradley Wood Scout Campsite, Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 3RA

There are a few rules and are available from the event website

If you would like to ask any questions about being a member of staff on the BIG camp, then email and the team will be happy to answer them!

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COUNTY ITEMS 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.

Thursday 29th March (evening) Friday 30th March (evening) Saturday 31st March (matinee & evening) Flyers available A Gang Show can only succeed if there is an audience to perform to – and this is where the rest of Scouting and the general public come in. With only 4 months till the show now is the time to note the dates above and plan on your visit. Printed copies of the flyer/booking form are now available but if you can’t wait then visit and Why not arrange to make a visit your section meeting for that week and invite parents – a great way to encourage their participation and recruitment? New website launched Whilst WYSMAIL and the official Facebook page ( will be used to keep everyone up-to-date with information, it’s worth visiting and adding it to your favourites. Please help promote the performances by passing out the website links to parents and others both within Scouting and in the real world!

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! The adult selection day for the India expedition has been moved to Sunday 29th of January to avoid clashing with the busy Christmas period and also give everyone who is interested in being part of the expedition a chance to get their application in, ask questions about it etc. The closing date for adult applications has now been extended until Saturday the 14th of January. A flyer is available ( along with some frequently asked questions ( about the expedition and how to apply. Please note that the FAQ still show the original closing date. Details of how young people can apply for the expedition will be out in the New Year so look out for them! Gareth Pierce ACC (Explorer Scouts) 07970 427073 /

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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


Mock auction & Bric-a-brac stall Saturday 17th December 10am – 12:30pm FREE admission Queensbury Scout HQ, Albert Crescent, Queensbury, BD13 1PE

Green Withens Watersport Centre 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. Peter Haigh 01484 425524

Bah’t’at Walk th

Happy 25 Birthday Scammonden Activity Centre is 25 years old in 2012 and to celebrate we are holding an open evening at the Centre between 6.30pm and 9pm on Thursday 17th May 2012. We would like to invite all to attend. Come and find out about the history of the Centre, have a look at the facilities, enjoy a glass of wine and see how the Centre could provide you with an excellent nights away opportunity. Website link is

Sunday 29th April 2012 (Note: not the Bank holiday weekend this year) 3 Distances - 10km / 20km / 40km Set off from the Scout HQ on Sycamore Avenue (Bingley, BD16 1HD) Start times: 40km 20km 10km

0800 – 0900hrs 0930 – 1030hrs 1100 – 1230hrs

Graham Smith Chairman of Management Committee

£5 each – Non-Scouts £4 each – Scouts/Guides (includes cloth badge and certificate)

Scout Shop

Under 13s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Bradford North Scout Shop is open every Saturday (10am till noon) in the Joseph Eaton Centre at Blackhills Scout Campsite (Lee Lane, Cottingley). We stock a full range of uniform and scouting accessories and welcome customers old and new.


Further information and booking forms are available from:Helen Alderman 7 Oakfield Avenue, Bingley, BD16 4RA Tel 01274 772051 Email: Website:

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Bradley Wood Campsite Newsletter

Occasional Helpers: a clarification

The latest issue of Woodpecker has just been released and is available to download from

Recently, we have received a number of questions about the difference between Occasional Helpers and other roles in Scouting, particularly Sectional Assistants.


In response to this, we thought it would be helpful to clarify the following points.

Using your own car for Scout activities

Who are Occasional Helpers? An Occasional Helper is anyone who is required to complete a Criminal Records check but who is not taking on a formal appointment in Scouting.

Motor insurance for transporting Scouts to and from events in your own vehicle is not covered by The Scout Association’s policies. Under United Kingdom law, the driver of a motor vehicle must hold suitable third party insurance (including indemnity to passengers), and the minimum levels of cover have to be provided by any motor insurer. As this is a statutory requirement, The Scout Association does not provide any cover to individuals in respect of their liability as car drivers, as this would be a pointless duplication of cover. Scouting is usually classified as a social, domestic or pleasure activity and, as such, would be covered by most motor policies. However some insurers might have conditions around volunteer driving, or might want you to contact them to let them know if you do volunteer. Information about using your own car for Scout activities can be found on the Unity - Scout Insurance Services - website (, and the Association of British Insurers - ABI website ( You will need to check with your own motor insurers to see if volunteer driving is covered under your policy.

If anyone is helping in a Section on a regular basis, they should be encouraged to become a Sectional Assistant or Scout Active Support Member rather than an Occasional Helper. What are the differences between these roles? The key differences that you should be aware of are that Sectional Assistants and Scout Active Support Members receive a number of additional benefits including Scouting magazine, Scouting Plus, a higher level of insurance coverage and training to support them in their role. They also accrue service for their role in Scouting. To view a comparison of the roles visit What about Executive Committee Members? Executive Committee Members are also formal appointments and should not be recorded as Occasional Helpers. It is important that they complete the Adult Application (AA) or Change of Role (CR) Form to ensure that they read and sign the charity trustee declaration. Originally posted on 18th November

Queens Diamond Jubilee Badge

The Scout Association’s Personal Accident and Medical Expenses policy will still cover members while being transported to and from Scouting activities.

The new collectors Diamond Jubilee badge is the perfect accompaniment to your scouting uniform.

Originally posted on 1st December

Start celebrating this wonderful occasion in style from today. Available now from Scout Shops.

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Kindred Lodges Association Spring Festival 31st March 2012 Derby Masonic Hall, Littleover, Derbyshire Theme for the day will be Scouting - Past, Present & Future. The Past will include an exhibition of scouting memorabilia from The Scout Association’s archives, a collection of old uniforms, Camp Fire Blankets and Badges and with a special appearance by Jam Roll (B-P’s Rolls-Royce). The Present & Future will be represented by a presentation from Wayne Bulpitt (UK Chief Commissioner for Scouts).

Contact information

If you are wanting to contact the UK Charity Commission then visit

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. Information about Our Sporting Adventure will feature on the noticeboard Originally distributed via Scouting+ 7th October

This will be a very popular event. It is essential that you register an interest as soon as possible. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis (and this includes our own members!). Timings 10.00 Exhibition open 1100 KLA Committee meeting 1400 Main meeting 1600 Festive Board 1800 End of proceedings PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to ALL adults, With or without Masonic Connections. For further information download the booking form ( or contact contact Brian Hughes on 01924 500692 or 07969178721 or

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

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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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WYSMAIL - 11th December 2011  

Fortnightly internal newsletter for Scouters in West Yorkshire.

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