Author: Chris

The Scouting blog of an Assistant Scout Leader

Thousands more girls are joining the Scouting adventure!

The latest census of Scouts has revealed that nearly 10,000 new people joined the adventure in 2010. Almost half of the number – 4,330 – were girls. This number for the first time exceeded the number of boys who joined (3,796). There are now more than half a million Scouts in the UK, a 14%…
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April 15, 2011 1

Scouts Leaders should always be prepared

A couple of weeks ago, I was on a camp (well, one-night competition camp) where I was there merely to help out. One of my fellow leaders was running our camp and I was specifically there to help out but not interfere and run it myself – it was his turn to do it! So…
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April 4, 2011 0

Please don’t raise our rents!

Whilst the Big Society is the good-feeling political buzzword of the moment. Yet some councils seem to be lacking the will to live up to this ideal and are planning to use rent increases to cover the cuts that are being applied to their budgets – and this impacts directly on Scout Group, with some…
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March 24, 2011 1

You can’t be too old to Scout or Guide

The news that a Guider has been told that she is now too old to run her Rainbow group, now she has turned 65. The reason being that by turning one year older she is now no longer a suitable “role model” for the girls. The irony being that she only recently received a letter…
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January 13, 2011 30

My Scouting New Year Resolutions

I don’t normally make New Year’s Resolutions. Usually because I end up forgetting about them by the end of January. But this year, I’m going to make some resolutions regarding my Scouting. Get my Wood Badge validated Earn my Nights Away Permit Teach new Scouts about their Promise and Law before they get invested Learn…
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January 3, 2011 0

I’m having a very Scouting Christmas

Christmas is always a busy time, in Scouting as much as everywhere else. This year, my Scouting Christmas is very nearly over. My group’s annual Christmas Bazaar was very successful, making over £400 – our best ever! I also found out that the Scouts are submitting bids to paint the leader’s faces, and apparently I’ve…
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December 12, 2010 0

Scouts won’t stop camping in favour of computer games

Sometimes newspapers really do publish things which are just complete and utter rubbish. Just read this Telegraph article, which claims that Scouts are abandoning traditional scouting activities such as camping in favour of video games. As if! The “data” the journalist is basing this on? The numbers of badges awarded: Figures for the numbers of…
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November 21, 2010 6

Remembrance Sunday

This year, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal was launched by a Beaver Scout (though not one of my group’s Beavers). And every year, my group attend the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Watford Town Hall. This year, it was rather wet as we stood outside the cenotaph – nigh on pouring, in fact. Which was…
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November 14, 2010 1

Too busy to volunteer?

Volunteering can be a time-consuming activity. It takes time and effort to make a real difference to our society. And, according to the BBC: Some 60% of 25 to 34-year-olds said they were too busy [to volunteer], rising to 66% among 35 to 44-year olds, and falling to 53% of those aged 45 to 54.…
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August 21, 2010 2

Designing Scouting WordPress themes

I have recently spent some time designing WordPress themes for UK Scouters and Scout organisations. I have designed them in order to help Scouting webmasters easily set up a website that looks good, is user-friendly, and matches the branding guidelines of the Scout Association. The themes have been set up as the differing IT skill…
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August 14, 2010 20