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Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Adult Training (podcast)

Podcast number 11. This is the one where I talk a bit about the adult training programme and Woodbadge. See here for the Scout Association’s web site on training.

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Burundi Tragedy

I’ve just had a message from my friend in Sweden, Lotta, who read in the Swedish newspapers yesterday of the shooting of some unarmed Scouts. Three were wounded and one later died. Here is what she posted – Swedish newspapers reported yesterday about a governmental official in the Kayogoro district of Burundu having been arrested […]

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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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Campfire Songs (video)

At the weekend I had a great time camping with our Cub Pack at Kibblestone. We had a great time and the weather behaved itself and there was no rain! As the days are longer and it stays lighter later, when we had our campfire it was still light. I took advantage of this and […]

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Bill Webber

It is with great sadness that I have heard of the death of Bill Webber. Bill was for many years the Divisional Secretary and held many positions within our old District, Burslem. He also wrote a regular column in the our local newspaper, which promoted Scouting to the people of North Staffordshire. Bill was of […]

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Back in October last year, I wrote about the 1st Gilwell Scout Group getting its own website. It should have launched at the end of 2008, but by the beginning of 2009 it had been delayed. As it’s now May and nothing more has happened I thought I’d find out what was happening. I emailed […]

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New Chief Scout

The UK’s new Chief Scout was announced today and he is Bear Grylls! Of course, he is only Chief of the UK Scout Association, as there has not been a Chief Scout of the World since THE Chief Scout, BP! The SA have also appointed a UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bilpitt who will work in […]

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More Old Troop Photos

While talking to my Dad this afternoon, he showed me a couple of photos he’d dug out. These are for a small display that is going up at the Church’s Hall which is 100 years old this year (youngsters! The Church itself was built in 1881). Anyway one of the photos was this one – […]

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My Podcast is Back (kind of!)

After a long gap here is a short podcast to show I haven’t forgotten about doing them! The topic I want to talk about has been held over, so this is a quick recap of what my Group has been up to recently and a few forthcoming things. Please feel free to leave feedback – […]

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Short Updates

Couple of quick updates. I’ve recently come across a blog from an Assistant Scout Leader from Watford. So that’s now two I know of in this country! I like his most recent post on fire lighting at camp – all so true! Monday will be interesting as the new UK Chief Scout will be announced. […]

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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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Donations

As Scout Groups we rely on donations to keep us going. Whether they are directly from the parents or we get them by doing bag packing at the local supermarket. It’s not just money we get given to us, but equipment as well. I popped up to see the Beavers and Cubs last night and […]

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Using Different Stoves

The Scouts are currently looking at various criteria for camping to gain their Outdoor Challenge or Outdoor Challenge Plus badges. One of the areas they are looking at is there various types of stoves available. Last night they tried a Trangia, a Coleman stove, a couple of portable gas stoves and an old Primus stove. […]

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The Missing Scout’s Memorial

A couple of years ago, when I was in our Group’s Church, I was looking at the plaque on the wall which commemorates the Scouts from our Troop that died in the Great War (First World War). I decided to try and find out more about them as they were the pioneers of our Group […]

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