District Update – June 2021

We are at Yellow risk level; hi-lights from 21st June 2021:

– Nights away activities restricted to 30 youth from one section or unit

– Nights away activities restricted to 6 adults

Network remain max 30 non-social programmed activities

– adult only gatherings remain as per Government guidelines – ie. 30 outdoors, 6 indoors


NAN (Notification of Nights Away)

All Scouting nights away must approved by the District Commissioner, the NAN form and Risk Assessment should be sent no later than 7 days before the event (preferable ASAP).


Minibus and coach travel – 2m distances between those traveling is preferred but not always possible, where 2m is not possible then 1m with additional controls is permitted. Where the full use of a method of travel such as minibus is vital to a young person participation then all seats may be occupied but this must be done with additional controls such as face coverings, good hygiene practices, additional ventilation and the journeys kept as limited as possible.

Remember you require permits (valid for 5 yrs) – currently The Scout Association is not issuing these so if you do not have one already you can not use a minibus;


If you do not have a Midas qualification then please contact me for approval to drive.


AGM and Social – due to the restrictions above we are postponing the AGM until 22nd July 2021; we will resend the survey nearer the time.


Wood Badges

Well done to the following who have achieve their Wood Badges

Maria Finch – Assistant Cub Scout Leader – 12th Farnham (Wrecclesham)

Simon Hancock – Assistant Explorer Leader – Elstead Eagles

Simon Crisp – Assistant Scout Leader – 7th Farnham (Elstead)

Long Service Awards

Thank you

Roy Tubbs – Shop Manager/Monday Crew – District Scout Support Unit

Mark Purkiss – Cub Scout Leader – 11th Farnham

David Jones – District Supporter – District Scout Support Unit

Philip German – Campsite Warden – District Scout Support Unit

Judith Parish – Beaver Scout Leader – 5th Farnham (Bourne)

Liz Chart – GSL/BSL/LTM – 5th Farnham (Bourne)

Cathy Floyd – Group Section assistant – 11th Farnham

Tony Marshall – Cub scout Leader – 12th Farnham (Wrecclesham)

Andrew White – Assistant Explorer Leader – Scorpions

Tom Lisle – District Skills Instructor – District Scout Support Unit

Miles Austen – Cub Section assistant – 3rd Farnham

Hamish White – Assistant Scout Leader – 4th Farnham (Tongham)

Louise Rogers – Assistant Scouts Leader – 7th Farnham (Elstead)

Ed Ceurstemont – Scouts Section Assistant – 5th Farnham (Bourne)

Craig Richards – Explorer Leader – Scorpion

Andrea Berry – Assistant Scouts Leader – 7th Farnham (Elstead)

Scout Cards

These are important cards contain essential information on Scout processes and policy that needs to be adhered to and what to do in emergency situations.

Download and print or pick up one from the District Scout Shop.

Safe Scouting Cards | Scouts

Yellow card – Read the Young People First – Yellow Card
Purple card – Read Safe Scouting and Emergency Procedures
Orange card – Read the Young People First – Orange Card
Green card – Read the policy on Scouting and alcohol
Safety checklist cards – Read the checklists for Executive Committees, Leaders and Managers


Mandatory Training

Please find the training links in one place to help ensure we are all up to date.

All Scout Members: (every 3 years)

Safety(every 3 yrs)- Safety Training | Scouts

Safeguarding – Safeguarding | Scouts

GDPR – GDPR training | Scouts

1st Response – the requirements have changed – 3 On-line module plus 20-30 minute face to face validation(which can only be done once at Green) or possible conversion from an existing 1st Aid Qualification (please check with training@farnhamscouting.com)

Getting Started: (within 5 month of role) –

Getting started training | Scouts

Wood Badge: (within 3 years of new role – speak with your Training Advisor)

Surrey Scouts training Link: there are various on-line session for modules https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/training/training-calendar

District Scout Shop

Thursdays 6pm to 8pm

Saturdays 9:30am to 12Noon

We always need volunteers so if you could spare some time on a Thursday evening or Saturday morning, even just once a term it would be appreciated – contact Roy scoutshop@farnhamscouting.com

Garners Field

Garners is open for bookings; please ensure you book via the website Campsite Booking – Farnham Scouting and receive confirmation of booking from Ken Powell detailing the areas you can use – you are not booked in until you receive that confirmation.

Climbing Wall is closed.

Archery is in process; temporary range can be organised on special request and with notice.

If you find any issue please do contact the Campsite Manager. campsitebookings@farnhamscouting.com


District Treasurer – we are looking for a new District Treasurer, training will be given, job share, shadowing, deputy – all options considered – please get in touch if you or know of someone interested.

ADC Scouts – we are still in need of a Assistant District Commissioner – Scouts to help support the programme in the District (and also a District Scout Leader to assist the ADC!) please do let me know if you are interested.

If you have any concerns, queries, questions or issues do not hesitate to contact me.


Ann-Marie Vinnicombe
District Commissioner
T: +44 (0)7410381071 | E: dc@farnhamscouting.com

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