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!

Jul 25 2017

Youth Applications for the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America 2019

Is your birthday between 22nd July 2001 and 21st July 2005? Would you like to go to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the USA?

Then visit our International Page and download all the info and forms.

For more information, please speak to your District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC), Unit Leader or Scout Leader.

 

Jul 22 2017

Can You Lead & Inspire A County? Search For a New County Commissioner

Following a formal search within Staffordshire County, there were a number of nominations from which the search committee short-listed candidates who were invited to interview.  Following interviews, it has been decided that no appointment will be made at this time and we are relaunching the CC search and welcome nominations from interested parties. 

Staffordshire Scouts are looking for a volunteer with management experience who wants to do more in their community. Key attributes needed include good interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and inspire others.

Do you have management and leadership experience, excellent inter-personal skills and the ability to motivate and inspire others?

The successful candidate will be responsible for taking Staffordshire forward into the future as a growing organisation relevant to young people and adults alike. Our current youth membership in the County is over 8,388. These young people are supported by 2,871 adults.

How to apply

The application pack below provides more information about Scouting in Staffordshire and the County Commissioner role. Previous applicants are welcome to make a further self-nomination. The nomination form can also be found at the rear of the information pack or by following this link HERE to a google form. Please complete and return the nomination form online or the electronic form  to Sam Booth samantha.booth@scouts.org.uk .

 

 

APPLICATION PACK

Further information:
For more information or an informal conversation about the role please contact Sam Booth at samantha.booth@scouts.org.uk 07983 581 485 or the Regional Commissioner Dan Potter at   Daniel.potter@scouts.org.uk

CC Vacancy Pack Staffordshire 2017
The closing date for nomination forms being received is 4th September  2017 

Jul 12 2017

Beaudesert Camp Site Executive Committee

Beaudesert are looking to replace 2 members of their Executive Committee in October. If you are interested in the role, please download the role description below.

Beau Exec member nomination

Jun 05 2017

Vacancy: New County Commissioner

Staffordshire Scouts are looking for a brilliant volunteer manager to take Scouting forward in the County. As County Commissioner you will offer support to District Commissioners and their Districts. You will manage adults, setting objectives and holding regular one to ones. Most importantly you will ensure that Scouting offers an enjoyable and attractive programme for young people helping prepare them for a bright future.
Although no Scouting experience is necessary, you will know how to motivate people, produce local development plans and have the charisma to inspire your team. Above all, you will believe passionately in Scouting for All, helping Scouting grow, become more inclusive, more youth shaped and make a positive impact in local communities.
It’s a challenging role, but the rewards are huge, improving the outcomes of thousands of young people.

The successful candidate will be responsible for taking Staffordshire forward into the future as a growing organisation relevant to young people and adults alike. Our current youth membership in the County is over 8,388. These young people are supported by 2,871 adults.

How to apply

The application pack below provides more information about Scouting in Staffordshire and the County Commissioner role. Please complete and return the nomination form to Sam Booth samantha.booth@scouts.org.uk .

APPLICATION PACK

County Commissioner Vacancy Pack 2017

Further information:
For more information or an informal conversation about the role please contact Sam Booth at samantha.booth@scouts.org.uk    07983 581 485  or  the Regional Commissioner Dan Potter at   Daniel.potter@scouts.org.uk

The closing date for nomination forms being received is 30th June 2017 

Apr 11 2017

Scouting in Staffordshire Grows Again

Scouts in Staffordshire report record number of volunteers but waiting lists are still high 

  • Over 11,000 people involved in Scouting in Staffordshire, including adult volunteers, yet waiting lists for young people of 154
  • Bear Grylls and Helen Glover call on more adults to sign up to Scouting

11 April 2017: Scouts in Staffordshire have reported the highest number of adult volunteers on record in its latest annual membership figures, which were released today.

Scouting now has 2871 volunteers, more than at any point in its history. With the nature of volunteering in the UK changing and more adults offering their time flexibly, more people are needed to run Scouting than ever before. This includes youth workers, as well as charity trustees and skills instructors. This year is the first time that The Scout Association has fully incorporated trustees into their total number of volunteers.

Despite such high numbers of volunteers, the waiting list for young people who want to join the Scouts in Staffordshire still stands at 154. Scouting continues to grow among young people, with 265 joining in the 12 months up to 31 January 2017.

In total, there are now 8,388 young people involved in Scouting in Staffordshire. Including adult volunteers, total membership today is up by 8.9% at 11,259. Scouting continues to be the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK with twelve consecutive years of growth in its youth membership.

Staffordshire can be proud that since 2013 we have the third highest growth in the country but we would still like to offer Scouting to more young people to give them skills for life.

Paula Evans
County Commisssioner