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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Self Review

At the Group Scout Leader’s conference I went to last year, one of the things talked about was a self review form that had been trialled and was likely to be rolled out across the country. I brought it back with me and thought  it was a good idea. However, I kind of forgot about […]

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Camping (Podcast)

Podcast number 14. A bit of a chat about camping and the Nights Away Scheme.

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Our Old Pack and Troop Flags

Last year for our centenary we finally got ourselves a new Troop flag. After the new one was dedicated in Church the old one was taken away and my Mum said she’s do some repairs on it so it wouldn’t deteriorate any more. Now bearing in mind this flag is well over 60 years old […]

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Money and Fundraising (Podcast)

Podcast number 13. On this one I talk about the ways my Group spends and raises its money. If anyone has any other good ideas for fundraising, please let me know.

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Rain, Mud and a Wide Game

The Scouts have just come back from playing a wide game in Bradwell Woods. The idea had been to let off some rockets that the Scouts had made for their Astronautics Badge, but it was raining and there was quite a strong wind. So like NASA, we postponed the launch until another day and played […]

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The Water Tax

I’ve been meaning to mention more about this, but other things came up. On Wednesday 15/07/09, St. Swithin’s Day, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers were in London to lobby MPs and OFWAT about the proposed Water Tax (read all about it here – explained better than I could!). Apparently, this was the first time in the […]

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I was saddened to read that Henry Allingham passed away in his sleep early this morning. He was the oldest surviving British World War 1 veteran, the oldest man in the world, the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, the last original member of the Royal Air Force and the world’s oldest Scout! As […]

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Following Rules

I’ve been following and, to a lesser degree, taking part in a discussion on the Escouts forums about Scout Groups not accepting girls into their sections. Now first of all, I have to make two points – 1. Policy, Organisation and Rules (PO&R), rule 3.6 states – f. All Scout Groups, Explorer Scout Units and […]

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Another 1st Gilwell Website Update

I got another update on the 1st Gilwell Scout Group / Troop 1 Gilwell website today – The website for Members of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group is almost ready after a very long wait. There will be a testing period at the beginning of August which we will be sharing with you. After […]

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International Rover Net Moot

As anyone who reads these pages regularly will know, I find the combination of the internet and international Scouting most fascinating (hello USA, Canada, Sweden, South Africa, Bradwell(!) and anyone from any other location who happens to be passing by!) and I have gained may new friends because of it. So I’m quite interested by […]

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Perception of Scouting

I was talking to a colleague at work the other day and he brought up the subject of Scouting. He had seen us at our Annual General Meeting as we had hired my School’s sports hall and he uses  part of it to run his fitness business. He was telling me that he was very […]

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Bear Grylls Chief Scout

Bear was invested as Chief Scout at Gilwell 24 yesterday. Best wishes to him and lets see what the next 5 years bring! UPDATE: Just found out that Bear is on Twitter!

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Scout Groups who own their own buildings have been hit with a new charge from the water regulator OFWAT and the water companies. They will now be charged for the disposal of rain water which runs into the drains and sewers on their premises. Some Groups, it would appear, are now being charged over £500 […]

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An Old Resource

I was sorting through some stuff at my parents house last night with a view of chucking some of it out (told you I am a hoarder!), when I came across some stuff I’d done for a qualification in greengrocery when I worked at Asda. One of the things I had to do was to […]

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Free Money!

Bet that got your attention! The reason for this is that today my Group got a cheque from Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue (the taxman!) as part of their Gift Aid scheme.   Gift Aid is a scheme for charities which means that for every £1 given to the charity, the charity can claim back […]

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