Author: Chris

The Scouting blog of an Assistant Scout Leader

Revising the Fundamentals of Scouting

I have just completed the questionnaire on the revised Fundamentals. I think that new updated Fundamentals are much more suitable for modern Scouting, especially regarding the big ticket change of “Duty to God” to “we explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes”. This change means that there now needs to be two other changes, which the…
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December 9, 2012 2

Scouting Themes 4 WordPress on Scouting+

You may have seen (and it may be how you got here!) that Scouting Themes 4 WordPress has been mentioned in the last Scouting+ email nationwide. This was to announce the launch of the Scouts 4 WordPress theme and encourage new people to make use of the resource. On that first day, nearly 1,700 people…
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May 15, 2012 4

My Duty to God

The Scout Promise is a core part of the movement. But the National Secular Society (NSS) is claiming that atheist children are being excluded. But that is not the case. This is the Scout Promise: On My Honour, I promise that I will do my best To do my duty to God and to the…
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April 19, 2012 6

More Scouting Themes 4 WordPress resources released

Over the last few months, I have been working on a secret project with Gilwell. We are now able to launch a brand new Scouting Theme 4 WordPress, called Scouts 4 WordPress, to add to my existing stable of themes available for download. This new theme is perfect for use by all Scouting organisations, and…
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April 17, 2012 24

When a “new uniform” is just new casual active Scouting-wear…

Sometimes I just have to wonder if journalists even read press releases properly before writing a story based on them. Just look at the headlines from reputable news sources below: The problem with these stories? They’re wrong. There is no change to the Scout uniform at all – that remains the same. All that has…
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March 30, 2012 23

Our newest volunteer

It really is great news that the Duchess of Cambridge is making the Scout Association one the five charities she is supporting in her new role in the royal family. The Duchess will be helping out at groups close to where she lives, with Beavers and Cubs, at a time which suits her busy lifestyle.…
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January 6, 2012 2

I wish I’d gone to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden!

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree was held in Sweden – and I wish I’d been able to go! I did get an opportunity to attend a selection weekend fo the IST (service team), but was unfortunately unable to make the weekend. And, due to recently purchasing property, the cost. But it looks like the 40,000…
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August 22, 2011 4

So the summer break is here…

Now that summer is here (even though we wouldn’t know it – but we are in Britain…), local Scouting is taking a break. As usual, the final evening before the summer for my Troop was a family BBQ where we invite all member of a Scouts family to come and enjoy the (hopefully sunny) summer…
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August 6, 2011 1

A Guide to Becoming a Scout Leader

I was flicking through my Google Analytics stats when I came across one interesting keywood search that came to this blog. The keyword was: a guide to becoming a scout leader This intrigued me, so the first thing I did was go and Google the keyword myself. Interestingly, there was virtually nothing out there useful…
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June 18, 2011 81

It’s OK to be a Scout and be gay!

I am pleased that the Scout Association has launched an initative to make it clear that being gay is no bar to being involved in Scouting, as a Young Person or as a Leader. This was never the case – despite popular perception and resistance from religious groups. This is made clear by the Association’s…
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June 6, 2011 7