So we are in December already….I hope your terms have been successful.
I recently attended the Surrey Scouts Managers Moots which focused on Volunteer Recruitment.
Our District is not unique in struggling to get volunteers and I think we are doing well in accommodating anyone who wants to be part of scouting in Farnham – the main thing is to know who you need / what you want from volunteers, it would be great to have uniformed leaders front and center but if you break down your needs into tasks we may be able to encourage more volunteers.
I personally started doing Cub Scout badge admin which quickly moved on to programme planning and leading session before putting on a uniform.
There are many resources including flyer and poster templates in the Members Resources area on the Scouts Association website: https://scoutsbrand.org.uk/home
Your section leaders or Group Scout Leader will know what tasks your Group needs help with.
From a District prospective we have a lot of hidden invaluable volunteers who really help support across the Groups – we welcome more – campsite maintenance, Scout shop volunteers, executive committee members, events organisers, appointment committee members – there is something to suit so if someone you know can give time let me know.
Talking of invaluable district teams……the Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) has welcomed 15 new Leaders to the District this term.
3 members of the committee meet for an evening about once a month to greet our new leaders, giving them an insight into what is needed to become a leader and what support is out there, it is a great chance for the new leaders to ask questions.
So big thank you to:
Steve Thames – Manager
Jane Twitchin – Secretary
Please do contact Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be happy to sit on the committee – existing leader, committee members all most welcome – full training will be given, it would not be every month, the more volunteers the less work for each, and helps us to give the right impression to new leaders.
And most welcome to our new leaders: (ASL=Assistant Section Leader)
Jo Strange ASL – Beaver Scouts – 7th Elstead
Jack Fidler ASL – Scouts – Bourne Troop – 5th Farnham
Mark Potter ASL – Cubs – 8th Farnham
Carl Ingram ASL – Beaver Scouts – 7th Elstead
Rebecca Gregory ASL – Beaver Scouts – 8th Farnham
Gert Droogmans ASL – Beaver Scouts – 7th Elstead
Claire Shorter ASL – Cub Scouts – 7th Elstead
Harry Fidler ASL – Cub Scouts – Wolf Pack – 5th Farnham
Frank Hammersley ASL – Cub Scouts – 7th Elstead
Lizzie Hetherington Section Assistant Scouts – 8th Rowledge
Richard Farrant ASL – Beaver Scouts – 12th Farnham
Mark Mulberry ASL – Cub Scouts – 3rd Farnham
Liz Rhodes ASL – Beaver Scouts – 8th Rowledge
Haydn Burkett ASL – Beaver Scouts – 12th Wrecclesham
Thomas Edwards Section Assistant Explorers Scorpions
Dates to Remember:
11th January – Water Activities Permit Workshop, Taylor Hall, 1pm-4pm – contact email@example.com
12th January – District Thank you – Daniel Hall, 1pm-2pm – all welcome
25th January – First Aid (Scout First Response Course) – Garners Field, 9am-4pm – book with Eric Goulding, firstname.lastname@example.org
14th March – Leaders Training Day – format is in planning more details to follow – if you would like to make suggestion please e-mail me.
25-27th April – Family Camp – booking system is open – £12.50 for weekend, after 30th March £15 on the door. DBS required for all over 18’s staying overnight.
16th-17th May – Beavers Go Wild – Bentley Corpse – https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/beavers-go-wild
26th-27th June – Surrey Scoutabout – South of England Showground, Ardingly – register your interest with Surrey Scouts – Karl Arnold, ADC Scout will communicate in due course. https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/scoutabout-2020
2nd-4th October – District Camp
Out of County Events: https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/upcoming-events/out-of-county-events
Garners Field – closed for out of District camping until March 2020 (District camping on discretion of Campsite Committee); can be booked for evenings please use the booking system:
If you want to book the site-check the calendar, https://farnhamscouting.com/website/campsite/campsite-booking-2019/campsite-booking-calendar/
Scout Association Important Info:
Little What do Do Cards –these can be found in the Scout Shop or alternative follow the links below:
- Yellow – Safeguarding – https://scouts.org.uk/media/996788/Yellow-Card.pdf
- Orange – Young People Safeguarding – https://scouts.org.uk/media/914973/VO-Orange-Card_March2018-V4-Screen.pdf
- Purple – Emergency Procedures – https://members.scouts.org.uk/documents/safety/Emergency%20card%20(Purple%20Card)%20screen%202019%20v3.pdf
- Green – Scouting and Alcohol – https://scouts.org.uk/media/1041119/Green-Card.pdf
Take to the Skies!
Time for something a bit different?
Dates are booking for the GLSW and Surrey Scout Paragliding Club. Download the information pack and booking form for more details. Available to Scouts over 10½ years at the time of the flight.
- 7th & 8th March
- 21st & 22nd March
- 18th & 19th April
- 2nd & 3rd May
- 30th & 31st May
- 20th & 21st June
- 4th & 5th July
- 19th & 20th September
- 10th & 11th October
- 24th & 25th October
Ann-Marie Vinnicombe, District Commissioner, email@example.com
If you would like to contribute/add events/provide photos to the next newsletter – please get in contact with me.