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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

19th March 2012

Thursday 29th March (evening) Friday 30th March (evening) Saturday 31st March (matinee & evening) Once again every effort has been made to keep the ticket price reasonable whilst ensuring the quality of the show is of the usual high standard. Adults - £11 Uniformed Members - £8 Children - £8 In addition, there is the opportunity on the Saturday evening to attend the Gala event - £20 – which includes a show ticket, sparkling drinks reception, private bar, ‘Yorkshire’ canapés and much more. Get your group/section bookings in a.s.a.p to avoid not being seated together.

Bookings are still open for the BIG Camp. IMPORTANT DATES FOR DIARIES Wednesday 21st March (7.30pm) Bradley Wood – Staff meeting and get together – all staff encouraged to attend Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April - Main move of equipment from various locations – people and vehicles required in numbers please! Tuesday 10th April (7.30pm) Bradley Wood – Admin Team pre event briefing Wednesday 11th April (7.30pm) Bradley Wood – Programme team pre event briefing (includes heads of zones and deputies only, plus evening representation) Tuesday 17th April (7.30pm) Bradley Wood – Facilities team pre event briefing (includes service team) Wednesday 18th April (7.30pm) Bradley Wood – Security, Safeguarding and First Aid pre event briefing

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

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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 - Can you help? At BIG Camp we are holding a small trade exhibition and selling advertising space in the camp program. This is to raise money towards the camp but is also a great advertising opportunity for companies. There will be about 1000 leaders at the camp from groups all over the north of England so the potential market is quite large. We already have a major Scout tent manufacturer and an outdoor retail company on board. If you have any contacts in companies who might be interested please pass their details to Trevor Newman, ACC Event Management (preferably with their consent). Contact Trevor on Security Team The event needs to provide an individual(s) for the Big Camp who is/are SIA registered and is willing to provide Security cover between 6pm and 8am on Wednesday 2nd May to Monday 7th may inclusive. So anyone who can help - even for one shift would be very welcome. The security officer would be based in a building controlling potential access and exit from the site. Please get in touch if you can help or have a contact we can follow up.

Read all about it! The latest issue (number 11) of the camp newsletter can be downloaded by visiting Staff support needed! 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! 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! 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 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! Puddleduck Inn Details of the special base for those aged 18+ available by downloading the flyer from Event clothing orders Please download the order form for official garments – - which is also supported by a letter to pass to parents (


BIG Camp gateway The Scout section has been charged with designing the Big Camp Gateway. Entries to be in by Saturday 31st March and sent to me. The winner will be chosen by the Wharfedale District Pioneering Team and will get the chance to build it! Entries to: Paul Jennings ACC (Scouts), 15 School Lane, Addingham, West Yorkshire, LS29 0JF

COUNTY ITEMS County Pioneering Camps 13th to 15th April & 28th to 30th September Sconce Campsite, Baildon £30 per person and a £15 deposit is needed to secure a place. For more information, booking forms, etc please contact or ring the County Office on 01484 715858.

County Explorer Shooting Competition Qualifying heat dates: 31st March Blackhills Scout Campsite 14th April Fanwood Scout Campsite tbc 21st April Bradley Wood Scout Campsite Morning session – 10am till 1pm Evening session – 2pm till 5pm The final will be held at the BIG Camp on the 5th May. If you are interested as an individual or would like to register as a team then please email or call 07807 056834 for a bookings form and further details.

Making everyone’s small contribution into BIG difference The phrase “value added” is something we all look for in everyday life, something for not a lot extra. In Scouting we are great at achieving big things from next to nothing. A Scout District which has a lot happening and people pulling together, often achieves a lot. Setting the tone and scope of how this is done is often down to the District Commissioner. The District Commissioner creates a team which empowers people to do and make things happen. You look at the last big district event – what made it the success it was? Yes lots of people doing many small things which contribute to a huge sense of pride. The District Commissioner search, which is currently on-going, is looking for individuals, who love motivating others to achieve, especially in the bigger picture of the district. These very District Commissioners have a talent for leading from the back and ensuring the credit for the success is shared, this takes someone special. Do you know someone who excels in doing this? With only a few days until the close for nominations, please get your thinking caps on and encourage others to think like-wise. We know that both Districts have extra-ordinary people doing some great things. We want to make sure that the future is bright for both of them, by finding the right individuals to take on these important roles. The nominations for the vacancies close on 23rd March, we welcome nominations from as many different people involved in the districts. Details and forms/letters can be found by visiting and nominations should be emailed to: Stuart Nimmo

Download the flyer from


Safeguarding Courses & BIG Camp helpers Safeguarding courses Monday 16th April Tuesday 22nd May Wednesday 20th June Monday 2nd July Tuesday 4th September Sat/Sun 13th/14th October - Grim Weekend Wednesday 7th November Monday 3rd December The Safeguarding team are also available to come to your district and offer training for your leader teams. BIG Camp helpers Is your district or are your groups thinking of bringing occasional helpers to BIG Camp? Please remember that they must be CRB cleared before the camp and we are recommending that they attend a county Safeguarding course before the event to ensure they understand the Scout Associations current policies relating to working with young people - especially as they will have a very intense 4 days with ours. 1. Extra courses will be run at Bradley Wood exclusively for helpers wanting the training prior to the start of the camp. 2. If you have a number of helpers needing training we can arrange to come to you and work in your district. 3. Only for the planned county courses before BIG Camp, helpers can sign up for the uniformed leaders courses by booking in the normal way online or emailing me. Dates for exclusive 'helpers' courses: Tuesday 20th March 2012 (7pm to 9.30pm) and Sunday 25th March (10am-1pm). Please book through the email below or using the online booking system. If you have any questions please contact me on 01422 204652 or Colin Knightley Safeguarding Coordinator

Birthday badges Explorer and Network are 10 years old and the birthday badges are now in stock along with all Jubilee Badges. Contact the Scout Shop or Providore at Bradley Wood. Beryl Fishwick

Try Caving Sunday 22nd April Want to try something new and different? Come underground and see what all the fuss is about... Caving may include splashing in streamways, scrambling over boulders, climbing up ladders and generally getting muddy! The day will begin at midday with a quick chat about the caves, and a hot drink. After getting kitted up, the adventure shall begin and we are likely to be underground for 3-4hours– getting out in time more tea! This event is for over-18s only and bookings need to be made by the April 8th 2012. For more information,



Grim First Aid We held a first aid course on the Grim event back in October and it appears that the record of attendance has gone missing. If you attended the course, and need to validate this, please email Rachael Kelly on and she will confirm with the tutor who ran the course that you were there and pass the info onto the training team for you.

Oops! Due to technical difficulties Jennifer Fothergill – ACC Beaver Scouts – has lost emails from before the end of February. If you are awaiting a response to an email please resend to


County Scout Shop Due to the Bank Holidays during the early part of 2012 the shop based out of the Jubilee Centre will be open on the following Saturdays: 31st March 28th April 26th May

10am – Noon 10am – Noon 10am – Noon

Gone Home

These dates, along with the Thursday openings, are shown on

County Explorer Scout Newsletter The latest issue of the newsletter is available to download from

DISTRICT / GROUP / CAMPSITE ITEMS Colne Valley Mountain Bike Challenge Sunday 13th May 2012 Starting @ 9:00a.m (Registration from 8.00am) From Leymoor Cricket Club, Parkwood Road, Golcar HD7 4QW This event is a tough mountain bike ride and the course consists of approximately 30 miles combined between demanding off-road terrain and local roads and lanes, through “Last of the Summer Wine” & “Where the Heart Is” country. A Fundraising Event for the 39th Parkwood Scout Group Visit: for more information.

Margaret, as she was known, was a stalwart of the Scouting community in Bradford and served faithfully for over 37 years, first in Bradford South in 1958 as a member of the now closed, St Andrews Church Scout Group in Listerhills, before moving to Bradford East which later became Bradford North. Some years ago Margaret was also awarded runner up in a National good neighbour award which clearly speaks volumes of the kind of person she was. As a Scouter Margaret clearly followed her Law and Promise to the letter and did her best right to the end. Thank you Margaret for your dedication and service to the young people of Bradford.. Our thoughts at this time are with her family in their sad loss. Stew Jessop District Commissioner Bradford South

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Todmorden Gang Show

The latest issue of Woodpecker – the newsletter for Bradley Wood Scout Campsite – is now available from

16th - 19th May 2012 Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre Halifax Rd, Todmorden, OL14 5BB Door opens 7pm - Curtain up 7.30pm Download the flyer/booking

It is with deep regret I have to inform you of the death of Francis Margaret Wilson, sister of Dave Hall, our ADC (water activities) Akela of the 29th Bradford North, and a former Scouter in Bradford South,who sadly passed away on Thursday 16th February after a short illness.




Budding Robin Hoods

Scout Active Support

We are running an Archery Leaders course at Bradley Wood Scout Campsite on the following dates: 24th March 21st April 22nd April th 28 April - Assessment Day At a cost of £80-00 per head or instruct on 6 sessions at Bradley Wood over 12 months

We are planning an informal evening for Scout Active Support members at Blackhills on Thursday 22nd from 7.30 till 9.00 p.m.

The times each day are 9am until 4-30pm and you will need a packed lunch, tea and coffee will be provided, anybody who wishes to participate should get in touch with me.

This will be hopefully be the launch evening for monthly meetings going forward. We will be particularly interested to meet any interested new members on the night.

David Gill 01484 715858 / 07980797111

We are planning to cover Campsite support, i.e. working skills, wardens for the season, activity instruction. As well as opportunities within the local Districts.

The 50th Fellsman 28th-29th April 2012 Do you fancy a challenge? The Fellsman, organised and run by Keighley District Scout Service Team, is most certainly a challenge and this year it is celebrating it’s 50th birthday. The first Fellsman took place in May 1962 with only 57 starters, 15 of whom managed to complete the event. Since then there has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of the challenge, with the 450 place limit being met on numerous occastions. I’ve never heard of the Fellsman, what is it? The Fellsman is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield, through the picturesque landscape of the fells which includes climbing both Ingleborough and Whernside – two of the famous Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks. Most of the route is over privately owned land, the use of which is secured by the organisers for the weekend only. This being the case, the route does not follow well defined footpaths, so the entrants' navigational skills with a map and compass are tested as well as their physical fitness.

The bar will be open, as indeed we will also be providing non-alcoholic refreshments and nibbles.

John Reynolds 07710 548423

Bah’t’at Walk

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 0800 – 0900hrs 20km 0930 – 1030hrs 10km 1100 – 1230hrs Cost:

£5 each – Non-Scouts £4 each – Scouts/Guides (includes cloth badge and certificate) Under 13s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Further information and booking forms are available from:Helen Alderman 7 Oakfield Avenue, Bingley, BD16 4RA Tel 01274 772051 Email: Website:


Green Withens Watersport Centre RYA Powerboat training We have several power boat courses and training opportunities planned for 2012. Refresher days on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November. These are aimed at existing SIs and DIs, or other experienced safety boat coxswains. Free for Green Withens staff. RYA Powerboat Level Two Sundays 25th March and 1st April Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November This two-day course is for those with previous water activity experience or who have already completed a Level One course. It will provide the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence. It includes close quarters handling, high speed manoeuvres, man overboard recovery and collision regulations. In the event of anyone not reaching the standard, we will allow the opportunity for extra practice with assessment later. The cost, including RYA logbook, Powerboat handbook and photo id certificate is only £20 for anyone who will commit to help at Green Withens at least six times next year. To anyone else involved in Scouting it is still only £70 (This course at most other centres is usually about £200). Numbers will be limited by the number of boats available, so book early to avoid disappointment. To register an interest, please email Mark Heald BCU Bellboat Helm and Activity Permit This is a two day course for those with little or no previous water experience, but one day for those with previous water sports coaching experience.

The course is free for Green Withens staff, although there will be a cost for the BCU certificate if you would like one. For more details and to book onto this course contact Trevor Watson on 07768 865793 / Scout Association Rafting Activity Permit We are also planning training in April for Rafting (Traditional) Activity Permits. This will be a single day and be mainly practical. It will involve going afloat on a raft after you have built it! The dates are Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th or Saturday 21st April. For more details and to book onto this course contact Trevor Watson on 07768 865793 / We also now have all the 2012 sailing courses and taster sessions on our website – Peter Haigh 01484 425524 /

Happy 25th 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 Graham Smith Chairman of Management Committee

The dates are Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Saturday 21st April.


Volunteering at Green Withens Are you looking for somewhere to do your volunteering for your Chief Scouts Diamond award or your D of E Silver award?

Surveying your communication needs How do you feel about the communications you receive?

How about coming up to Green Withens? West Yorkshire Scouts new water activities centre just off the M62 at junction 22

Let us know your views on the communications you receive locally and from UK Headquarters by taking our short survey.

We are looking for some people who will come along and help us run a number of the activities. There will be the opportunity to gain Scout Activity permits on the way.

Contribute to our communication survey by visiting

You will need to be able to commit to Green Withens for the 6 month period of April to October, and to spend time with us regularly.

The research will help us develop local and UK Headquarters communication processes that work for you.

Activities reviews

If you do not know about Green Withens, then visit


If you want to know more or sign up for it then please contact me, Trevor Watson, on or 07768 865793.

Review consultations have begun for overseas activities, banned activities and generic activities rules and guidance.

Scout Shop

These are designed to provide feedback on areas that should be covered in this review and will be added to feedback already received on these activities. The consultations will run until 16 April 2012.

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.

REGIONAL / NATIONAL ITEMS Look out for your appointment card Your appointment card will be sent with the June/July Scouting magazine. If you change role between 1 April and 31 May, you will receive a new card in the post. For more information about your appointment card, visit for more details.

Overseas activities, banned activities and generic activities rules and guidance

Please add your thoughts to the relevant consultation by clicking on the link below: Overseas activities review - Banned activities review - Generic activities review - Ongoing review We run a rolling review of our governance of activities. The reviews are designed to remove unnecessary barriers to activities taking place within Scouting, while ensuring they remain safe for young people and easy for leaders to run. You can find details of the reviews by visiting

Regional newsletter The latest issue of the regional newsletter can be downloaded from


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.

My Badges app now available Android Our official badge app, My Badges, is now available for Android phones. Following last year's launch of the app for Apple iOS, Android users can now enjoy the same benefits; it's the ideal quick reference at meetings and camps. Features include: - Requirements for every badge and award in the UK 6-25 Programme - Promise and Law for all ages (including all permissible variations) - Interactive uniform badge position diagrams - Personal progress tracking The 'badge requirements' view allows you to: - Use the options menu to access additional features - Adjust text size for easy reading - Share links to badge requirements with your friends - Quickly view badge design variations for multi-stage badges/awards by simply tapping the badge With great graphics and images of every badge, Android users can keep the entire Programme in their purse or pocket. The cost is £1.49, the same price as the Apple iOS app. If you'd like more information

Updated version of POR now available

The January 2012 version of Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) is now online at You can use this link to view individual chapters or download the whole publication, which is also available as a printed version from the information centre catalogue.

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

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 (

Scout Information Centre Make contact with the team who have all the information at their fingertips. If you're looking for advice, support and guidance you can get in touch by email or phone, 8am-7pm weekdays, 9am-12 noon Saturdays, on 0845 300 1818 or via


My Badges - UK Scout Programme has been developed under licence and is fully endorsed by The Scout Association. Content copyright 2012 The Scout Association and based on the 'My Badges' app for Apple iOS by Duchy Software.


OTHER ITEMS Bag a bargain! I have recently started making bean bags to order in various different shapes and sizes, advertising via Facebook and my new website and have had a good take up. I have also had enquiries from a local scout group regarding throwing bean bags, as they are quite expensive through other sources. I have priced these up and are now making them available at £1.00 per bean bag and are available in various colours. I have made these available to my own district and am now opening up the opportunity to purchase them to the County. If anyone is interested in purchasing them or would like any further information then please get in touch with me on or ring me on 0771 938 9868 Joanna Nelson

Support the adventure#2 Michael Bottom is 20 years old and has always had a lifetime dream of climbing Everest and this expedition partially fulfils his dream by trekking to the base camp and at the same time raising valuable funds for his chosen charity Childreach. Childreach International is a UK registered grass roots charity. They work with local communities in the developing world to help Children achieve their full potential in life by improving children's access to health, education, child's rights and protection - However, he has to raise £2,450 before June to enable him to go which does not leave him long! You can help by donating old mobile phones so please contact me for further information. David Bottom Assistant Scout Leader 25th Salendine Nook Huddersfield North District 01484 311671 / 07789 388825

Support the adventure#1 In August 2012, I will be undertaking a 15 day trek up the two highest mountains in Africa, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro, in order to raise awareness of such a worthy charity. Please dig deep and support me. This expedition will involve me under-taking many new, demanding, but of course amazing experiences; this includes trekking in the freezing conditions of -15°c to -20°c, accompanied by breath taking views, a stunning variety of wildlife and the rest of my team I'm yet to meet.

Active Kids has kicked off Make sure your group is registered and get collecting for great equipment and experiences to support your programme. You can now collect one Active Kids voucher for every £10 spent instore (£5 in locals), at petrol stations or when you buy groceries online at Sainsbury’s. Visit (Exclusions apply)

Fi Taylor Keighley District


Potential contact We are an established independent company who have been trading very successfully in Huddersfield since 1999. We stock a variety of brands to suit the requirements of all outdoor enthusiasts. We believe in encouraging person(s) of any age to explore the outdoors and its endless benefits. We offer a 10% discount off any non-sale item for all those within your groups be it leaders or members, and we can also supply larger amounts of kit, quite possibly for a better reduction if you are a leader buying for your group. We stock a wide range of tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags, footwear, clothing and general camping gear, we also have a wide range of duke of Edinburgh recommended kit and our staff members are well trained to give information and advice on all we sell. If you would like any further information please call into our store and see myself, one of our highly-trained members of staff or give us a ring. Adam King - Manager Outdoor World UK Ltd, 14-16 Huddersfield, HD1 2LE TEL: 01484 542002




THE BIT AT THE BACK COUNTY SCOUT SHOP Jubilee Centre, Bradley Wood Campsite Open every Thursday - 7pm to 9:30pm First Saturday of month - 10am and noon. **Please check to confirm** For further information contact the shop on either 01484 715858 or

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




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


HQ INFO CENTRE 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

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.

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