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Monthly Archive for September, 2008

Recognition & Thanks

At the end of the archery competition the other day we were given a certificate for taking part. We didn’t win, but the Scouts got some recognition for being there, having a go and trying their best. There was only one certificate and I’ll end up keeping it and putting it away in the archives. […]

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Training

Throughout the majority of my working life so far, whether it was at Asda or within the school where I now work, I have been involved in training. I’ve had to train people how to use checkouts, meat slicing machines, ovens, computers and the list goes on. And of course, I’ve been trained before I […]

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Summer’s Here!?!?

Today we took the Scouts the the District’s Archery Competition and it’s been a gloriously sunny day. This is the kind of weather we needed about two months ago! Anyway the Scouts had a good go, but didn’t win. They gave their best shots (pardon the pun) and enjoyed themselves. The thing is, when they […]

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The 1908 Scout

As we were doing some knots and lashings last night for the younger Scouts, it made me think what would one of our original Scouts from 1908 made of us and Porthill today? He would probably recognise a lot of the area still as a fair proportion of the houses still around were built in […]

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Different Hats

It's interesting how much of a day can be taken up by my role as a Scout Leader / Group Scout Leader (this isn't a negative rant by the way!). This morning was part one of the District's archery competition. This was where each of the Troops was allotted 3/4 of an hour to practice […]

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I’m Glad I’m a Scout Leader…

As you tend to be able to cope with the unexpected. For example – A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I’d run an option group for the kids at work on photography (bearing in mind I’m not a teacher). So I said I’d have a think about it and let the assistant […]

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Yesterday afternoon, I spent a very pleasant and enjoyable two or more hours chatting to Jerry of the Scoutmaster Minute. Jerry had wanted to have a chat for his podcast to get a different angle on Scouting. So as we’d been ‘chatting’ by email for some time, he asked me! We were only able to […]

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Rice Crispy Cakes

As a Group Scout Leader, I get to wear lots of hats. I’m in charge of all the Leaders in the Group (I’m their line manager don’t y’know!), I’m responsible for safety in the Group, I have to go to meetings to represent the Group and if something goes wrong, I’m the first port of […]

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11th September

A day of mixed emotions for me. I remember what I was doing in 2001. I was on holiday from work for two weeks, messing round at home and I remember at around lunch time hearing on the radio that something was going on in New York and that there had been an accident where […]

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Bit of a Dilemma

Over the summer three of our Scouts left us to join Explorers as they are now 14. At the same time, we've got six new Scouts joining us from the Cub pack. This means we have had to create a new patrol and three new patrol leaders. And there lies the problem. We are a […]

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The Large Hadron Collider has been started up this morning and we’re all still in one piece! However, they don’t start smashing the particles into each other until next month so we will have to wait and see.

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Community & Green Fair

About a month ago I was sent an email by our DC telling me about a Community & Green Fair that was to be held at our local high school, which incidentally was my old school. We were asked to do a stall to promote Scouting. The DC sent the email to the other two […]

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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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