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The Woodcraft Folk

I read an article this morning about the Woodcraft Folk taking young people aged 11 / 13 (depending where you read) to the demonstrations about the proposed rises in university tuition fees. The article I read was in the Daily Telegraph (but I can’t find it online – p16 of the paper though!) or a […]

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Safety Culture

Of late various organisations, like Scouts, schools or local councils, have been stopping various activities due to ‘health and safety’. The more ridiculous examples of this has been schools stopping kids playing conkers in the playground to the stopping of the centuries old tradition of cheese rolling. The reasons for this rise in the ‘health […]

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I was looking at the Scout Association’s website this morning and an article on the front page caught my eye. It seems that National Chairman of The Ugandan Scout Association David Bahati, who is a member of the Ugandan Parliament, is the author of a Private Members Bill which calls for the death sentence for […]

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Behind the Stereotypes…

The following was posted by Charlie Roper on his blog. I wanted to make a reply, but as it’s limited to 140 characters, I thought I’d use my blog to put my own thoughts down. Every young person has had the experience. Whether it be the local shop attendant eyeing you suspiciously or an adult […]

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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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The European Elections

What’s that got to do with the price of kippers??? Er, sorry Scouting? Now as I’ve often said, party politics and Scouting are a big no no. However engaging our politicians with issues relevant to young people and Scouting is a sensible thing. With the forthcoming European Elections, the WSOM have issued what they are […]

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The Reply

Well, my union have apologised over their dodgy cartoon! It reads – Your complaint about the cartoon in the most recent issue of UNISON Labour Link has been passed to me – I am very sorry that you found the cartoon offensive, and I can assure you that there was no intention to denigrate the […]

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They do not and should never mix. We can engage with our politicians to ensure that the things we care about, whether it be knife crime or the environment, for example, but Party Politics are off limits. The Scout Association have got it right in the past by getting Scouts to talk to the politicians […]

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My Country’s Flag

This is the flag of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland This is the flag of England which is part of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tomorrow, 23rd April, is St. George’s Day. St. George, is the patron saint of England, Ethiopia, Georgia amongst others and the patron […]

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Accepting Disabilities

As I work in a school for children with special needs, I guess I am slightly more aware than most, about people with special needs, whether they are learning or physical disabilities. I’ve written about this before (here and here) and I am quite confident that if anyone with special needs came to join my […]

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Barack Obama, Cub Scout

Apparently, something is happening in the USA today……! Just after the American Presidential election was over, I noticed that the Scout Association had put out a story about the new President having been a Cub in his youth and so I put up a post about it. Today ‘Matt’ has added a comment to say […]

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Barack Obama was a (Cub) Scout!

I’ve just been on the Scout Association’s web site to look up some information on something I’m doing this weekend and I decided while I was there to look at the news section. In there was this article about Barack Obama being a Scout when he lived in Indonesia. From his age I guess he […]

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A New Candidate!

It appears there is a new candidate for the US President. Buttons the Radical Boy Scout is standing as well! So if you're in the US vote Buttons, you know there's at least one candidate you can trust! 😉 Wonder if he has a cousin in the UK for our next general election?

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As I’ve been blogging more and more, I’ve noticed that the majority of my posts have been Scout related. And as the people who have been good enough to link to me from their blogs are also Scout related, it made me think that the majority of them aren’t all that interested in me waffling […]

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Scouting & Politics

After my post below about the Scout Association going to the party conferences to raise awareness about young people’s issues with our politicians, comes this interesting post from Clarke on his Scoutmaster blog. Although he quotes the BSA’s rules, it applies to any Scout no matter what country.

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