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WYSMAIL West Yorkshire Scouts Memorandum And Information Letter

West Yorkshire Scouts

8th April 2012 Indoor Accommodation still available This facility for adults is still available at the BIG Camp at the cost is £20 per night. Rooms can be booked for Friday 4th May, Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May. The rooms are either single or double and contain a bed but people will need to provide their own sleeping bag etc.

The final date for bookings for the Big Camp is Saturday 14th


After this date, regrettably, no further bookings can be made and it will also not be possible to amend an existing booking. IMPORTANT DATES FOR DIARIES Wednesday 11th April (7.30pm) Bradley Wood – Programme team pre event briefing (includes heads of zones and deputies only, plus evening representation) Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April - Main move of equipment from various locations – people and vehicles required in numbers please! 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

If anyone is interested they should contact Julie Earnshaw ( to make a booking and arrange payment. 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

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

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Read all about it! The latest issue (number 12) of the camp newsletter can be downloaded by visiting 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 ( In order to guarantee delivery for the camp all clothing orders must be in by the 14th April. Orders may still be placed after this date but we cannot guarantee delivery before the camp.

County Pioneering Camp 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: 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.

WYS on Show As the curtain fell last Saturday night at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, there was nothing but admiration for those who had been involved in this years production of WYS on Show. It was yet another wonderful example of the talent and commitment of both our young people and our adult volunteers. A great example of what can be achieved when our Scouting family comes together. From music to comedy, drama to dance, the show had something for absolutely everybody. And when you look at the talent of our young people in the cast and you remember that they will be just part of the future of Scouting in our County, you realise just how bright our future is going to be. I would also like to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to all our volunteers; families and friends, who supported the show in so many ways. Whether you watched, played, carried, organised or created, without those people, the show could not have happened. So, thank you to all those people who worked so hard behind the scenes or supported the show in the audience. And finally, as we all know, although events such as WYS On Show are always a team effort, there is always somebody who leads the charge and creates the vision. Without them, things seldom happen. So, I would just like to say a very special thank you to Phil Pearson (and Jenny) on behalf of both our youth and adult members for been the catalyst to the creation of a wonderful show. I look forward to seeing the next one.

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. Download the flyer from Mark Stageman (County Commissioner)


Safeguarding Courses & BIG Camp helpers Safeguarding courses 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. If you have any questions please contact me on 01422 204652 or Colin Knightley Safeguarding Coordinator

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.

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.

Todmorden Gang Show 16th - 19th May 2012 Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre Halifax Rd, Todmorden, OL14 5BB Door opens 7pm - Curtain up 7.30pm

Beryl Fishwick

Download the flyer/booking

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:

Happy 25th Birthday

28th April 26th May

10am – Noon 10am – Noon

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



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


Hot off the press

Volunteering at Green Withens

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

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

Bah’t’at Walk

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

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.

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. 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. 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.

Scout Shop 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.


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.

Queens Diamond Jubilee Badge

We also now have all the 2012 sailing courses and taster sessions on our website –

Start celebrating this wonderful occasion in style from today.

Peter Haigh 01484 425524 /

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

Available now from Scout Shops.

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


Updated version of POR now available

My Badges app now available Android

The January 2012 version of Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) is now online at

Our official badge app, My Badges, is now available for Android phones.

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.

New parent pack out now The new and updated parent's pack is now available to order from Scout Shops. From Abseiling to Zorbing: a parent's guide to Scouting is designed to give parents a fun taste of everything they want to know and welcome them into Scouting. The colourful booklet answers some of their most frequently asked questions. It uses case studies and photos to help show parents what happens in Scouting. It promotes the benefits for their child and shows why getting involved in Scouting activities is good for parents too. It even has handy diagrams to illustrate the uniform and badges. The new pack is complemented by downloadable inserts so you can personalise the pack with local information, including a welcome letter, family information form, financial information and details about your Group. The pack includes: - Welcome from Bear Grylls - Introduction to the age ranges - FAQs - Uniform diagrams - About our volunteers - Help and support information The inserts include: - Welcome letter - Family information form - Further uniform diagrams - Subscription information

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 ÂŁ1.49, the same price as the Apple iOS app. If you'd like more information


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

Order your copies from Scout Shops now by visiting


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.

Surplus to requirements KITS in Brighouse are offering 10 or 12 computer desks which are surplus. Please contact David Todhunter directly on 07795 248582.

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.

Active Kids has kicked off Make sure your group is registered and get collecting for great equipment and experiences to support your programme.

Register now ( and view our fundraising information online (

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)

Bag a bargain!

Support the adventure

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

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. Fi Taylor Keighley District

Joanna Nelson




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

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

SUBMISSIONS Please feel free to send items for inclusion in future issues of the County newsletter.

If you have received this newsletter by email then you are already on the list – but what about your Scouting colleagues?

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.

Signing up is simple and just requires a visit to and then entering a few details.

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.

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.

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

COUNTY TWITTER LINKS @wyscouts @wysonshow @wysexplorers @thebigcamp



WYSMAIL - 8th April 2012  
WYSMAIL - 8th April 2012  

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