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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Making Good Use of Time

A couple of months ago, I found out that each Group should have an Anti-Bullying policy. News to me I thought, but I knew we had to have one and it’s my job to put together the draft for the Group Executive to approve, change or chuck out! However I’d been putting it off for […]

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Getting Back to Hiking

In a couple of weeks we are going to take the Scouts hiking and they will be carrying their own tents etc. Nothing too unusual about that really. They will be split into two groups and the older Scouts (12+ I think) will go on a longer route than the remainder. Again nothing unusual there. […]

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Last night I went to see the Beavers and Cubs mainly because of the reason I’ve discussed in my last three posts. However I was also there because seven new Beavers were invested into the Colony last night. To see seven excited 6 year olds getting their neckers and badges is great! Then at Cubs […]

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Moving On, Life Continues

Well last night at Cubs seemed to go well. The boys who lost their sister were there and seemed, albeit a little subdued, to be enjoying themselves. I saw the parents, but couldn’t really speak to them properly, which was a shame, but they seemed better (probably only on the outside). And the rest of […]

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Delivering Very Bad News

Thanks for the support, this was not an easy one I must admit. The first thing I did was to look at the Scout Association’s Bereavement Factsheet (we have one for everything it seems). It wasn’t quite what I was looking for, but gave the numbers of some professionals in this area, so I gave […]

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How Do You Break Very Bad News?

Over the weekend I was told that the young sister of three of our Cubs had passed away. She had been born earlier in the year three months prematurely and I don’t think she’d ever left hospital. Very sad news and I know we’re all thinking about the family. The parents and the Cubs are […]

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Closing a Group

Closing a Scout Group is never a good thing. It means that local kids have less places to go and things to do, there is a loss of something that has provided a service for the local community and there is the sense of failure. It also doesn’t portray a positive image of Scouting when […]

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The Lows & Highs of a Group Scout Leader

I couldn’t make it to the Troop meeting last night as I needed to finish some work due to the forthcoming inspection at work. Later in the evening I got a phone call from the Scout Leader. The first thing he told me was that one of the Scouts had had an accident and he […]

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Blowing My Own Trumpet!

Over the weekend I noticed that my blog has now had over 4000 hits since the beginning of last year! I’ve been writing here since April 2006, but until January 2008, I hadn’t put any accurate hit counters on the blog. Also in August of last year I set up Feed burner to manage my […]

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Being Prepared

As a movement the Scouts have a very good motto. It’s short, to the point, meaningful and easy to remember – Be Prepared. I try my best to be prepared in everyday life as well as Scouting and most of the time I am. I do slip up from time to time, but that’s life. […]

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Podcast number 9. This covers the Explorer and Network programmes which are quite similar and cumulate in the Queen’s Scout Award. Next podcast will be on the adult training scheme and Wood Badge.

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An Odd Request

When I got home from work tonight I saw there was a message on our answer machine. Before listening to it, I thought it would probably be my Mum telling me something before she and Dad went away for the weekend. But no, it was our Cub Leader asking me to ring her ASAP. As […]

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Communication

After sending a load of emails of to various people in my Group and the District I thought how much easier it is to communicate today. I can email any documents to my Leaders that they may need in a fraction of a second. I can also send information to multiple people in one go. […]

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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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