It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Faye Rose as District Commissioner for Tamworth.
Faye comes to the role with a wealth of Scouting experience, both as a Young Person and as Adult.
She has held a number of roles in Tamworth, Beaver Scout Leader, Assistant Explorer Leader, Assistant Scout Leader, and lately as Group Scout Leader of Mercian Scout Group. I addition she is a member of Tamworth Executive and a member of the Appointment Team.
Faye takes the role from September 1st 2018.
The County would like to thank Chris Holyoake for his time and energy as District Commissioner, we wish him well for the future.
Thanks too must go to the Tamworth Executive Committee and Search Team for their dedicated time commitment.
We wish Tamworth well as it moves into an exciting time for Scouting.
Elizabeth Birch – Deputy County Commissioner (DC Support)
This year, we are running a County Beaver Camp where Beavers from around the County can attend and camp with their Colonies or Districts..
Damboree is an opportunity for Beavers to experience sleeping under Canvas, the idea behind it is that Beavers spend one or two nights under canvas, now that for Beavers there are no restrictions on their Nights Away adventures. Beavers can camp and they can do more than one night.
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
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.
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
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:-
Play new Games
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.
Goldenhill and Tunstall Scout Group
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