Lichfield District’s Trip to Switzerland

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SwissLichfield District’s Scouts and Explorers have had the trip of a life time to Kandersteg, Switzerland this summer. This is where Lord Baden-Powell set up the first international Scout camp which he described as the first permanent mini-Jamboree. There were representatives from 1st Alrewas, 1st Lichfield, 5th Lichfield Scouts as well as Explorers from Columbus, Beacon, Darwin and Bear units. Although there were many groups represented after the first few days no one would be able to distinguish between us with a great camp team spirt.

Over the twelve days that we spent in Kandersteg we had an amazing time. The torrential rain didn’t stop us for a second. We did some amazing activities including white water rafting, swimming in an alpine lake and high ropes. However meeting international friends was also just as enjoyed on the international sports afternoon and campfires meeting other scouts from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Denmark to name a few!

We also did many walks and 12 young people including myself were lucky enough to walk up to and stay in the Frundenhutte hut high up in the mountains near Kandersteg. Also the Explorers had an opportunity to do the Lötschenpass Hike and walk on a glacier which was an amazing experience. The Scouts and Explorers also did walks in the beautiful valleys around the centre. In Kandersteg we all joined in with singing songs wherever we went where international Scouts joined in with the songs which was an experience you can only have on a camp like this.

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We dived into the culture in Switzerland by visiting Bern and seeing the bears as well as having a look around the city. Also we went for the 1st August to coincide with Swiss national day with lots of activities put on by every group to see what culture was like in Switzerland as well as other countries represented on the camp. Our stand had marmite which people seemed to love or hate! There was also a parade which we participated in walking down to the town centre where the mayor said a few words and we saw some fireworks.

I would just like to say on behalf of all the young people a massive thank you to all the leaders that took us and to the pinkies at Kandersteg and I hope that many more young people will be able to have a similar experience not only along the district but also the county.

I have seen things I wouldn’t have had the chance to see anywhere else, and experienced things I hope I get the chance to experience again. I’m proud to be a Scout and to have represented my Group, District, County and the UK in Switzerland.

Yours in Scouting
Stephen Little
Explorer Scout – Lichfield District

 

Photos courtesy of Paul Creaser

Staffordshire Scouts Abroad!

It’s the summer and the holidays are in full swing. During holidays our Scouts like to go off on their summer camps. However, a number of different Groups and Units have taken their summers camps to a whole new level and gone abroad.

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Rhode Heath Explorers from Potteries North District and 11th Foresters from Burton District are going to Belgium.Flag_of_Canada

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6th Lichfield and Lichfield District are going to Switzerland.

Foreign trips take a lot of planning and need a lot of fundraising before our young people can go.

Hopefully all of the Staffordshire Scouts who go on foreign trips this summer have a great time and come back having enjoyed new experiences and have the great memories that only a trip abroad can bring.

Staffordshire Scouts: Now on Facebook

facebook-logoWe have set up our own Facebook page to help everyone keep up to date with everything that is going on in the County.

You can visit it by clicking the Facebook logo to the left or by clicking on the Facebook icon on the right of the page.

You don’t need to have a Facebook account to view the page, but you do if you want to like it!

New Mountain Activies Courses

ex-as-clThe Mountain Actives Team have just announced the following two courses –

Basic Indoor Climbing Permit Training – 18th & 25th September 2014. Please click the link for more details.

Training or Assessment for Hill Walking Permits – Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March 2015. Please click on the link for more details.

 

We’re Recruiting – District Commissioner Stafford District

stafford district badgeWe are searching for a new District Commissioner for Stafford District.

If you think this is something you would be interested in, please head along to our Vacancies page for more details.

Applications close on Sunday 20th July 2014.

New Group Website in Tamworth District

Dosthill Scout Group in Tamworth District, have launched a brand new website for their Group.

Please pop over, take a look and say hi! You can visit their site by clicking here.

Water Activities Throughout the Summer!

sc-as-canoThe Water Activities Team are putting on a number of activities this summer and beyond.

The details are below. Please click on the relevant link for more information on each activity.

Trentham Paddle Sport – fancy a water activities evening? Check out our evening activities at Trentham Lake.

PowerBoat Level 1 – 31/05/14

Young Sailors 1&2 – 31/05/14 & 01/06/14

County Regatta – 21 & 22/06/14

Paddlepower Course Poster – Paddlepower training course – 19/07/14 & 26/07/14. If you are interested, please fill in the booking form here – Booking Form – Burton and Paddlepower Sessions and return to the County office.

Adult Sailing 1&2 – 06, 07 & 21, 22/09/14

PowerBoat Level 1&2 – 21 & 22/11/14

Queen’s Scout Award, National Scout Service & Parade Windsor 2014

On SunQSAday 27th April 2014, 14 Queen’s Scouts from Staffordshire took part in the National Scout Service & Parade at Windsor Castle to celebrate their achievements in gaining the highest youth award in Scouting, the Queen’s Scout Award.

In the morning, the Queen’s Scouts practised marching in Victoria Barracks and shortly after lunch, assembled in the Royal Mews to be led off by the Guards Band into the Castle’s Quadrangle. HRH The Duke of Kent (President of The Scout Association) along with Bear Grylls (Chief Scout), and Wayne Bulpitt (UK Chief Commissioner) reviewed the Queen’s Scouts. After parading from the Quadrangle through the Lower Ward to the applause of family, friends, and Scouting representatives, the Queen’s Scouts entered St George’s Chapel for the National Scout Service. The day was concluded by a rousing speech from the Chief Scout and marching back into the streets of Windsor.

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From Left to Right:
Charlotte Pritchard (Newcastle), Alexandra Penniston (Stone), Chloe Staite (Stafford), Sion Hughes (Newcastle), Isobella Emmens (Newcastle), Daniel Martin (Newcastle), James Lucas (Uttoxeter), Kaleisha Emmens (Newcastle), Laura Hallsworth (Moorlands), Jack Stanyer (Newcastle),  Jordan Edmondson (Lichfield), Simon Meredith (County), Christopher Eyton-Jones (Keele), and Daniel Edmondson (Lichfield).

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Adam Longhurst, a former member of Potteries North District who achieved the award in Staffordshire but is now a GSL in Greater London South, also attended the event.

The day was the culmination of over eighteen months’ hard work to achieve the Queen’s Scout Award. Individuals completed activities such as becoming a qualified football referee, ballroom dancing, yoga, running the London Marathon, voluntary work with a number of organisations, expeditions in wild country, and being a member of a church choir. Most of the Queen’s Scouts also attended an international event including travelling to Sweden, Switzerland, France, Slovakia, Russia, the USA, or Ecuador.

One of the Queen’s Scouts, Simon Meredith, was interviewed by Radio Stoke on the morning of the parade. It is available below.

Thanks to everyone who supplied photos.

Further information about the Queen’s Scout Award can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/qsa

Scouting Membership Continues to Grow in Staffordshire

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* Scouting membership in Staffordshire continues to grow, with 252 more members in the past year

* Scouting remains popular across the UK with nine years of sustained growth

* The number of adults volunteering to change young people’s lives grows by 52 in the past 2 years to a total of 1565

* Teenage membership grows from 653 to 766 between 2012 and 2014

Scouting numbers have increased in Staffordshire with more girls, boys and adults seeking out every day adventure. The total number of young people and adults who have joined Scouting has risen 3 per cent in the past year and membership figures have now reached 9476. Scouting continues to grow across the UK where there have been nine years of sustained growth.

Scouting provides an attractive adventure based programme for young people and adults, which changes their lives and their local communities for the better.

The increase in membership numbers locally reflects the latest census figures nationally which have just been published. This data provides evidence of sustained growth across the UK for the ninth consecutive year with a membership total of over 550,000. This has cemented Scouting as the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

The Scout Association, which seeks to transform the lives of young people by providing an inspiring programme of everyday adventure has confirmed its commitment to further increase the number of young members. It is launching a plan to recruit a further 58,000 more young people, as well as 18,000 more adult volunteers, by 2018. Over 200 activities, including adventure glider flights, skiing, rock climbing and water zorbing, are offered by Scouting around the UK, so it’s no surprise that more and more young people are joining the Movement.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

“I am super proud to see so many young people and adults learning new life skills, achieving personal rewards through Scouting in Staffordshire. I am excited to see Scout numbers continue to rise across the UK and the big reasons for this are that more and more young people are realising that Scouting can give them so much – whether it’s the opportunity to be involved with some incredible adventures, learn practical life, outdoor and teamwork skills, or helping to improve their local communities. People don’t want to miss out and Scouting brings them all together, empowers them and allows them to make a positive impact.”

ABOUT THE ANNUAL CENSUS

Each year The Scout Association conducts an annual census of its membership. This is carried out across the UK and allows the Movement to identify trends and patterns of growth and development both locally and across the UK.

Staffordshire County Team – We’re Recruiting!

• Can you encourage young people to have their first night away from home?
• Can you talk to anyone from 6 to 106?
• Do you want to help develop young people?
• Does being part of a dynamic team sound inviting?
• Want to help shape the future for 1000’s of young people?
• Is thinking outside of the box something you do?
• Could you do a short term role, to have a long term impact?
• Can you inspire people to do even greater things in life?
• Do you want a flexible role that will work around your life?

We need enthusiastic, inspiring people to help drive our County Team forward and help us make a difference to more young people in Staffordshire.
Scouting is changing for the better and so are we. Staffordshire is a large County and we would like to split the ACC Roles, geographically between people.

We are currently recruiting for:
• ACCs for Beavers/Cubs/Scouts/Explorers/SAS
• ACC Youth Involvement

If you want to apply or want more information please contact Paul Creaser on (c/o County Office) 01889 567018 or email paul.creaser@staffordshirescouts.org.uk

County Team Recruitment Advert April 2014