Author: Chris

The Scouting blog of an Assistant Scout Leader

Being a Volunteer

I give my time freely as a Scout Leader because I enjoy it, benefit from it, and am able to give back to the community through it. No-one who volunteers is doing it entirely selflessly; all volunteers gain from their volunteering in at least one way. I benefit from Scouting through the experiences I get…
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March 24, 2010 1

A Scout’s Anthem

This is the song/poem my Scouts are performing for the Group Christmas Carol Concert tomorrow evening. It is a bit old fashioned (it refers to a Scout as male the whole way through, but the first verse is being read by a girl and the gender will be changed to suit) and refers to Scout…
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December 6, 2009 4

Ending the Jambo

World Scouting Jamborees – the name being derived from “jambo”, the Swahili term for “hello” – of which there have been 21 since 1920 the latest held in the Uk in 2007, may be coming to an end. The new ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) requirements may well mean that Jamborees in the UK are no…
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October 17, 2009 6

Scouts and penknives

The Daily Mail is, as usual, misrepresentating people. This time it has picked on the Scout Movement and is “reporting“ as the fight against Britain’s growing blade culture intensifies, Scouts have been told not to take penknives on camping trips. Except that it’s a load of rubbish. If they had actually read the section on…
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September 6, 2009 0

A centenary of Guiding

Scouting celebrated its centenary two years ago, and now it is Guiding’s turn. Originally set up because Victorian morals would not allow boys and girls to be mixed in Scouting – something which has now been corrected in the Scout Association. Guiding has now been around for a century, and was instrumental in the development…
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September 5, 2009 2

Donation success!

Great news! As I wrote in my post on fundraising last month, we recently purchased a new garage tent and I was requesting a donation from my employers to cover the cost. And I have had good news – they have given us a donation of £600! I’ve always been impressed by their commitment to…
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August 13, 2009 0

Why i.SCOUT: Part 1

As it’s summer, and Scouts has stopped until September, I have an opportunity to sit back and take a break. But where’s the fun in that? What the summer break does give me the opportunity to do is reflect on the reasons why i.SCOUT. These will be published over the next few weeks, in no…
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July 26, 2009 2


Raising money for a scout group is always very important and hard work – and its even more important with the threat of the rain tax hanging over our heads. My group has our own hut, on grounds rented from Watford Community Housing Trust (with whom we are trying to get a new lease –…
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July 19, 2009 9

Herts 100 camp

Last weekend I went on what is probably the biggest camp I have ever been on – certainly the biggest since I became a Leader – with more than 2,000 campers! Herts 100 was to celebrate the centenary of Scouting in Hertfordshire. And great fun it was too! We took 42 young people with us…
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July 15, 2009 0

Speaker comes through for Cub Scouts

Yesterday I posted about the Commons authorities banning Cub Scouts from protesting in the House of Commons – simply because they’re not old enough to vote. And I said If John Bercow does not overturn this ban, he will have failed his first real test as Speaker. And he will have encouraged the demise of…
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July 9, 2009 0