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Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Group Photos Have Arrived

Last week I posted that we’d had our photos taken as the whole Group. Well, I finally got my hands on them today. And very good they are too!   The Group’s Leaders and Young Leaders (I’m the one right at the back). We all clean up well don’t we? You can see the rest […]

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Future Podcasts

After putting out two podcasts in the space of less than a week, I’ve decided to pace myself a bit more and also plan ahead a bit. One of the things I’ve thought of talking about is the whole Scouting programme in the UK. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by […]

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Scouting Websites part 2 (Podcast)

Podcast number 6. Here’s the second podcast about Scouting websites. I thought I’d get this done while it was still fresh in my mind. The sites I mention are – Freeplay Music Flickr Fotopic (now closed)

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Group Photos

On Friday evening we did something that the Group hasn’t done for nearly 50 years! We got all the Beavers, Cubs, most of the Scouts (not their meeting night) and the Leaders together and we had our photos taken as each section and as the whole Group. One of the Beaver’s Dads is a professional […]

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Scouting Websites (Podcast)

Podcast number 5. I thought this time I’d talk about creating a website for the Group, Troop or Pack and include what I hope are some helpful tips. The sites I mention are- Porthill Scout Group Escouts PTC Media OpenOffice The Scoutmaster Minute Show The Commish’s site

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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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Do a Good Turn Every Day

As my job is an IT technician, whenever anyone outside of work’s computer throws a hissy fit, needs work or just plain dies, I get a call. It can be family, friends or friends of family! But the thing is, no matter what I do, I never ask for money. Of course I’d never ask […]

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Insurance

As with most things in life, insurance is necessary even for Scout Groups. As a Group we have bought, over the years, plenty of expensive kit. Tents, cookers, tables, craft stuff etc. all costs money and if there were a fire at the Hall, for example, then it would all need to be replaced. Therefore […]

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RSS Feeds

The RSS feeds to this blog are provided by Feedburner, which means that iTunes can pick up when I’ve put a new podcast out. However, Feedburner was taken over by Google some time ago and now Google wants to move the feeds over to their service. When the switch is made it could mean that […]

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1911 Census

The 1911 Census was made available online on Tuesday of this week and I’ve had some fun looking through it. So far I’ve managed to find the details of my maternal Grandmother and her parents and my paternal Grandfather’s parents (he wasn’t born then), but the other two are alluding me for the moment. It’s […]

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A New Blog to Read

I’ve just come across the blog ‘Cub Scouting is Coool!’ which is by a Cub Scout Leader in Sweden. I camped with a group of Swedish Scouts at the International Friendship Camp held at Kibblestone in 1992 and a great bunch of people they were too. So this will be an interesting blog to follow […]

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The Scout Association on YouTube

For some time now the BSA have produced adverts to promote Scouting in the the USA and I found out about them by reading Scoutmaster Steve’s blog. However, I’ve often wondered why we never did the same (cost I guess), but it appears that we now have an official YouTube Channel. It looks like they […]

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Today in 1941, BP passed away.

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Updates and Observations

Leading on from my last Podcast, a few things have come to mind. One thing I completely forgot to talk about, was what I had achieved in the last year as a Leader. First of all, I earned my Wood Badge! This was many years coming but well worth it. I then had to take […]

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An Interesting Troop Meeting

Tonight was the first time since April I wasn’t in charge of our Troop. Our Assistant Cub Leader has now officially taken over as Scout Leader. The Assistant Scout Leader and I dropped a very subtle hint to him about taking over as SL at an Exec meeting back in October and he warmed to […]

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