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Backup, Backup, Backup!

Hello there! How’ve you all been? I’ve not been round here much recently, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve not been doing lots of Scouting! I think one of the best things we’ve done recently was our 3rd Family Camp we had back in May. We had a great time and my girls enjoyed themselves […]

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Interlectual Property

Back in 2008 I wrote about the importance of taking care of any Scouting related internet domains. This has been brought home to me recently as I have been trying to get a website closed! The three Districts in my area come together to run a Gang Show called ‘Screamline’. This was the first Scout […]

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Pi and Scouts

Yesterday, I managed to place my order for a Raspberry Pi. For those of you who don’t know what that it is, it’s – … a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC […]

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Internet Safety

I was at an internet safety conference this week and a couple of things caught my eye with regard to Scouting and thought it would be worth sharing. Firstly is the Professionals Online Safety Helpdesk. This is for anyone who works with young people, whether voluntary or paid. If adults are worried about how their […]

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I Do Wonder Sometimes…..

Last April, the Scout Association launched the My Badges App for the iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad. This app has all the requirements for all badges, from the Beaver’s right through to the Queen’s Scout Award. And very useful it is too. At the time, I was not too impressed that it was just […]

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Domesday

Back in 1986, the BBC set out to make a modern version of the Domesday Book. They got the public to submit articles and photos and they used, for the time, the cutting edge BBC Master computers and analogue laser discs to allow people to store and access the information. However, unlike the original Domesday […]

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My Badges App

The Scout Association has launched the My Badges app which contains all the information and requirements for each badge and award from Beavers through to Network. This is an excellent idea which means we can have all the badge requirements available in our pockets on our mobile devices. I think the BSA have had some […]

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Responsible Internet Providers

A couple of weeks ago I went to do the CEOP Ambassador training as a follow on to the Think U Know internet safety training I did in January. Over lunch, we had the usual time to ‘network’ and I got chatting to a lady from the mobile phone and broadband company O2 (quite what […]

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Web Sites

Over the past 15 years or so, a lot of Scout Groups / Districts etc. will have set up their own websites. Some will still be going and some will have long since vanished. These websites provide useful information about what is going on in that Group / District but also what has gone on. […]

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Keeping Safe on the Internet

On Wednesday, I had a nice day out from work to go to a Think U Know training course in Cardiff. Think U Know is a website run by  The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) which has information for children aged 5 – 7, 8 – 10 & 11 – 16 on how […]

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Scouting App for Android

I recently came across this app for Android phones. It’s a very simple (and free) one which shows the UK Scout Laws and Promises for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Useful, for example, for when a passing Group Scout Leader is randomly asked what the Cub Scout Law is! It’s been created by one of […]

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Is Your Site Up To Date?

I asked which idiot is responsible for updating the website & found out it was you! So ran an email I got from a work colleague the other day (it was meant jokingly – I hope!) with regard to a work website. I must point out here that I’m only responsible for putting stuff on […]

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HalfEagle.com / .co.uk

About 18 months or so ago (or was it longer?), I came across the website HalfEagle.com which gathers together news stories from all sorts of Scouting related websites and personal blogs. I thought it was a good idea and after picking up a lot more reading from it, I thought I’d submit this blog to […]

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The Microsoft founder is going to be presented with the BSA’s highest honour of the Silver Buffalo Award soon according to this article. No no matter what you may think of Microsoft and its products (and they do have their pros and cons!), Bill Gates has ploughed an awful amount of the money he’s made […]

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Internet Safety – The Course

Last week I ‘attended’ an online course on internet safety for parents (previously mentioned here), which was set up by the Scout Association, but run by Microsoft. Ok, so I’ll get my grumbles out of the way first. It was held at either 13.30 or 17.00 in the afternoon on a Tuesday, which is not […]

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