Jan 05 2018

Welcome to Our New County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst

Thank you all for your continued patience over the last few months whilst we managed the very important task of selecting your next County Commissioner for Staffordshire. Both the County Chair and I are exceptionally  grateful to everyone who has continued to ensure that  Scouting for young people carries on brilliantly across the County whilst this important appointment was being considered.
I am delighted to announce that following a successful  and rigorous  conclusion to the Staffordshire CC Search Process over the last few months, I  have  appointed today a new County Commissioner for Staffordshire .
Mrs. Jackie  Brocklehurst is well known  across the County in various guises and  where she has been exceptionally passionate about the Cub  Scout  Section  since joining  The Scout Movement approaching 50 years ago!
Jackie has been exceptionally active in a number of supporting and line manager roles within Staffordshire Scouts, most recently in Potteries North  Scout District  where Jackie had been  District Commissioner for over 7 Years  (until this Summer), and continues to hold active roles within the Staffordshire County as Local Training Manager, Assistant County Commissioner (Cub Scouts), and at her most recent challenge, at the  69th Church Lawton & Scholar Green Cub Scout Pack as “Akela”.
Not content with this, Jackie has been particularly supportive of  wider  County Events, and most recently, ‘Starred’ in the Burdi Boys Gang Show where Mitchell Arts Centre, Stoke-on-Trent hosted another brilliant Gang Show, Nationally recognised, for its West End standard of performance, with the twist of  Scouting’ magic running throughout the show. 
I am really thrilled that  Jackie has so enthusiastically accepted the  County Commissioner appointment and will be starting her new role with immediate effect for the next 3 years or so.
With such an active and passionate advocate of Scouting, I am sure that Staffordshire Scouting will continue to thrive and flourish under Jackie, and Team Staffordshire Scouts focus of  The Scout Movements’ values, ideals, and beliefs  embedded in everything that the Scouting Team shines a spotlight on.
Please join me in welcoming Jackie  to her latest  exciting new role. I ask you all to support Jackie and the various County/District Leadership teams up and down the County as we now start the processes of transition in continuing to deliver The Scout Association’s Vision of growth, development (and beyond) which are essential elements to Scouting’s future direction. I have seen first-hand that there has been a great spirit of team work with people stepping up, helping colleagues and a great sharing of knowledge and expertise and that this augers well for the future of Scouting in Staffordshire. Please continue this great support for one another.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the very best for your Scouting challenges throughout  2018.
Yours in Scouting
Dan Potter
Regional Commissioner – West Midlands, England

Dec 21 2017

Happy Christmas

Staffordshire Scouts would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Please note: the County Office is now closed for the holidays. It will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Dec 15 2017

County Youth Commissioner – Could It Be You?

We are expanding our County Youth Commissioner Team!

Could you be our next team member? See our advert for more information and if you  are interested in the role don’t forget to get in touch by 2nd Jan 2018!

County Youth Commissioner Team Flyer

 

Dec 08 2017

County Newsletter

The latest County Newsletter is now available. Click the link below to have a read!

County Newsletter 2

Dec 04 2017

Ghana Adventure – March & April 2020

In April 2020, Staffordshire County Scouts are taking Explorers, Network and Leaders to Ghana with Africa Adventure.

Our purpose is to volunteer in the local communities building and teaching at schools, also getting involved in sporting activities. It is a unique opportunity to meet the local community and to develop personal skills.

In 2016 Explores and Leaders from Staffordshire travelled to Ghana, we found that that this is such an amazing experience we are continuing our journey in Africa in 2020.

Please visit our International page for more details and application form.

Nov 11 2017

Staffordshire Scouts Remember

For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

LAURENCE BINYON 1914

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We Remember all killed in war and especially those Staffordshire Scouts killed while serving their country.

Nov 06 2017

Basic Indoor Climbing Permit Course Dates

Basic Indoor Climbing Permit
29th Nov & 6th Dec 2017, 15th & 22nd Jan 2018,
28th Feb & 7th March 2018
7.30pm – 10.00pm
This course will focus on training leaders in the basic skills required to meet the needs of the single pitch climbing permit for man-made structures,  i.e. climbing walls.
It runs over two evenings, and covers the Scout Association rules, levels of permit available, use of equipment, how to belay/operate a rope system,  and how to cope with problems.
The course is suitable for both novice climbers with no experience through to experienced climbers who want to know how climbing works within the Scout Association.
Cost of the course is £10.00

Max 6 places per session.
Staffordshire County Mountain Activities Team
The Course will be held at Stafford District Climbing Wall Green Gore Lane, Walton on the Hill, Stafford.
To book a place please email or call County Office on 01889 567018

Oct 19 2017

Goldenhill and Tunstall Beavers – Our You Shape 2017

In January 2017 just ahead of You Shape month we held our first log chew of the year. We used the talking stick activity so that the Beaver holding the stick had control of the meeting so they could put their opinions forward without others interrupting them.

 

 

The suggestions that the Beavers offered were as follows:-
Flip Out
Climbing Wall
Swimming
Alton Towers
Sports Day
Cinema
Football
Beach
Play factory
Flag Hunt
Theatre
Conker Hunt
Play new Games
Eating Challenge
Painting
Collecting Rocks
Easter Egg Hunt

On 12th January we recapped on the suggestions and made paper chains with all the suggestions on and displayed them in HQ.

We signed the You shape pledge and pinned on our notice boar at HQ. We took photos and posted them on the Youshape Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 2nd February we played lots of new games as the beavers had suggested they were ‘What’s in the bag?’, ‘Fishes in the net’, ‘Leader of the band’, ‘Snake tag’, ‘What comes next?’, ‘Rainstorm’ and ‘Bum push’. The Beavers favourite was bum push. Some were not so good like rainstorm, but the favourites will be incorporated into our future programming.

Charlotte was quite a shy child so for her leader’s Personal challenge she was asked if she wanted to be in charge for the night and do Wear Their Necker to build up her confidence. On 22nd February, she wore my necker and became the Beaver leader when we made pancakes. Charlotte brought her recipe for the batter and some toppings for the pancakes and took charge. It all went very well and everyone enjoyed it.

In April we awarded our Beavers their Youshape badges. Here are some of them proudly wearing them on their uniforms.

On 13th April we held an Easter egg hunt, as the Beavers had suggested earlier in the year.

In May we appointed lodge leaders and awarded them with badges after explaining what the role was. We also made our You said We did board and discussed how it works. When we have done an activity that the Beavers have suggested we put a string across the board to a picture of them doing that activity.

At District camp we were awarded our Certificate of achievement which we proudly display on our You Said We Did board.

On 13th July we held our sports day. Everyone got an award for taking part. Races were bean bag, sprint, hoop, skipping, sack and egg and spoon.

In August we had a bear hunt and ended with a teddy bears picnic.

We also got all the paints out and did some painting like the Beavers had suggested we painted what life would be like in 100 years’ time, this was toward the creative activity badge.

In September we had an International evening where we ate food from 5 countries and learnt greetings and a took part in a flag hunt around HQ to incorporate this idea into the programme.

Finally, in October we were presented with both our Silver and Gold YouShape certficates by Josh (County Youth Commissioner) and Imogen (District Youth Commissioner). This was the first Gold certificate presented in Staffordshire and shows our commitment to running a youth shaped programme for our Beavers.

 

Alison Gidman
Beaver Leader
Goldenhill and Tunstall Scout Group

Oct 14 2017

Explorer Cluedo Challenge Weekend – Success!

On 29th September Explorers from across Staffordshire (and Sweden ) met up to solve a mystery! At stake  £100 of vouchers!

Teams went head to head in challenges in various ‘rooms’ at Beaudesert. Saturday’s challenges included Tomahawk throwing, a GIANT inflatable assault course, laser tag, metal detecting, melting ice, crate stacking and the climbing eliminator! We rounded the evening off nicely with a 3 course meal featuring pate, roast chicken and cheesecake for desert. We even managed to squeeze in after dinner mints. Classy!

On Sunday, the 10 teams split for the biggest challenge yet… 9 suspects scattered over Cannock Chase for teams to navigate and find. The first team back with the correct answer would solve the mystery.

Well done to Burton for solving the mystery! Twas Bruce in the drawing room with the saw!

Sep 18 2017

2016/7 Annual Report

Did you want to see what the County got up to over the last 12 months, but couldn’t make the AGM?

Well click this link and you can download the Annual report!