Sailing Taster Sessions

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UK Youth Parliament & Make Your Mark 2022

Voting is now open in Staffordshire’s UK Youth Parliament elections! Cast your vote online and help us choose the next Members of Youth Parliament for Staffordshire. 

Members of Youth Parliament represent young people from across the county and campaign on issues decided in Make Your Mark. Take part and tell us which issues are most important to young people in Staffordshire.Young people aged 11-18 are invited to vote in Staffordshire’s UK Youth Parliament elections – share the online voting link with young people you work with and help us elect our next Members of Youth Parliament.

Voting also includes Make Your Mark 2022 – deciding issues that are most important to young people across the County.

Make Your Mark gives young people across the UK the opportunity to shape national UK Youth Parliament campaigns. Take part in our online vote to pick the issues that are most important to you and elect our next Members of Youth Parliament to campaign on your behalf.

https://staffscvys.org.uk/ukyp

Can You Lead & Inspire? Burton District Commissioner Vacancy

We now need a brilliant volunteer manager to take Scouting forward in Burton District.

As District Commissioner you will offer support to Scout Groups, while helping open new ones. 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 or young people helping prepare them for a bright future.

If you are interested in the role, please click on pack below.

Burton-on-Trent DC Information Pack

 

Young Leader Training Weekend – February 2022

Staffordshire County Young Leaders – Training Weekend

We are pleased to announce bookings for the Spring 2022 Young Leader Training Weekends are now open!
The weekend is open to all Young Leaders across Staffordshire.

We’ll be running two courses in Spring:

‘Inspire’ Training Course
(aimed at those in their first year of being a Young Leader)
Modules D (Understanding behaviour), E (Game on!), G (Programme Plans) and H (Programme Plans Plus)
‘Vision’ Training Course
(aimed at those wanting to further develop their skills as a Young Leader)
Modules B (Taking the Lead), C (Sharing Skills), F (Making Scouting accessible and inclusive), I (Youth Shaped Scouting) and J (Communicate it!)

These will take place at Drum Hill Scout Camp, from 4th – 6th February 2022.

During the weekend, we will have chance to go through modules from the Young Leaders’ scheme and have plenty of time for general discussion as well as fun and games! Leaders who you may not know will be helping during the weekend giving you help and advice from their prior experiences. There will be Young Leaders present from around the County, so there will be plenty of opportunities to share ideas with everyone.
The cost for the weekend is £35- we encourage you to approach your Groups about supporting some or all of the cost of this training, if they are able to. These courses are residential and catered and will be run in line with current guidance for secure Scouting. There is some indoor accommodation which we will be using, however this may not accommodate all participants, so we encourage you to come prepared to camp if possible.
Please complete booking form at https://forms.office.com/r/FtbKLsnvnB, and send payment to Staffordshire County Scout Council, sort code 60-83-01, account number 20288666, with the reference “YL Feb 22 (Participant Name)”. Payment must be received to validate your place.
There is a maximum of 40 places for the weekend, so please get your replies to the office as soon as you can (first come, first served).

Further information will be sent out closer to the weekend – we will use the contact email addresses on the application form for this, so please ensure it is correct.
If anyone has questions, please let me know!

Yours in Scouting,
Paul Creaser
Deputy County Commissioner

County Active Support Help 1st Oulton Group

The County Active Support have recently assisted 1st Oulton Scout Group with repairs to their building.

Over the last 12 months they had replaced every part of the building apart from the brick base and concrete floor. Imagine their upset when parents sent photos of the aftermath of a storm.

One of the Leaders went straight up to the hut to see if there was any damage to the building and luckily the building was ok. However, some trees had fallen on to the hut, but were still rooted, others had branches that had snapped off and there were also a few that were at risk of falling. The County Scout Active Support Skills Unit came along and sorted everything out for the Group, including breaking up the trees and branches to campfire sized pieces.

1st Oulton Group Scout Leader, Caron, said – 

“Their contacts and knowledge are worth their weight in gold and listening to the stories of years gone by was brilliant. They have also managed to get a tree surgeon to offer to come along and reduce the size of the 30ft Conifer trees for us.

“We really should be using all their experience, knowledge and contacts more often as what they are able to offer to scouting is immeasurable.”

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 4th January 2022.

Staffordshire Scouts Remember Those Killed in War

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.

Hillwalking Course – November 2021

The County Mountain Team will be offering Hillwalking permit training/assessment over the weekend of 19 – 21 November.

Places on the course are limited so booking quickly is advisable.

Please see the link below for more information

Hillwalking Flyer November 2021

Could You Be the County Chair?

To All County Members

The County are looking to appoint a new County Chair.
The role of the Chair is to lead the Executive Committee, ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities within the County. The Chair will work closely with the County Commissioner to achieve the purpose of The Scout Association through the development of local Scouting, in accordance with the Policy, Organisation and Rules of The Scout Association.
Please click on the link below to find out more information on the role

Executive Committee Roles | Scouts

If you would be interested in the role please email the County Office – admin@staffordshirescouts.org.uk 

25th World Scout Jamboree (Korea 2023) – Young Person selection

It’s time to roar! 

The 25th World Scout Jamboree is in Korea in 2023, and we are now starting the process of finding 36 Young People to be part of our Staffordshire Jamboree Unit.

Please find below documents to pass on to young people in your sections who were born between 22th July 2005 and 29th July 2009.  We want to make this the most inclusive Jamboree Unit ever and really need your help to spread the word and encourage young people to apply.  The selection process isn’t scary and from previous experience young people will learn skills for life throughout the process even if they aren’t selected, from filling the form in to meeting others from around the County and finding out more about Scouting in Staffordshire as well as around the World if they are invited to our selection weekend.

There is a flyer, a summary of the Jamboree, selection information and an application form.  There is also a reference form for leaders to fill in for their young people for us to get a different insight into those applying.

Hopefully all the information makes sense but if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  We are running some online road shows for any young people (dates in the Selection Information document) and/or their parents/guardians (and leaders who want to find out more) to join for previous participants to talk about their experiences and for us to answer any queries about the experience or the selection process.  We are also happy to come out to Explorer Units/Scout Groups to go through this face to face.  Please do get in touch!

Documents

00 – Postcard Flyer

01 – Applicant – Summary

02 – 25-WSJ-YP-application-form-final

03 – Staffordshire-wsj25-yp-selection-information

04 – 24-WSJ-YP-reference-form-final 

We want young people to come together as a County Unit to be part of the UK Contingent who are going to Think Big, Dream Wild and Act Together.

Yours in Scouting,

Paul Creaser

Deputy County Commissioner

Please note, all documents will be available here