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Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Just a quick reminder that any podcast I do is available through iTunes, so please take a look and have a listen! And now the question. If a review or a rating is left on iTunes do you get any notification? The reason I wonder about this aloud is that as I access iTunes through […]

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Podcast number 12. On this one I talk a bit about some of the stuff the Group has done over the last month and then about the Group Annual General Meeting.

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Some Photos from Last Night’s Awards

Here are a few photo’s from my Group’s AGM last night. The rest can be seen here in the Group’s photo gallery. One of the things we have to do is to elect a Group Executive Committee and each of the committee members got given a hat to show who they are and what jobs […]

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Tonight we held the Group’s AGM and I’m going to do a podcast about AGMs soon. But one of the things we did was give out some awards. The first, and most important, was the Cub of the Year Award. This is given every year to one of the older Cubs who will be moving […]

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Scouting Resources

I’ve just come across an excellent site called Scouting Resources. This site is run by an Assistant Cub Leader from North East London and has LOADS of useful information and resources on it (hence the name). And while it has a UK slant, there is lots of stuff on there which will be of use […]

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Father’s Day

Yesterday was Father’s Day. To be honest,  I’ve often thought that it was nothing more than a ‘Hallmark Holiday’! This is because it doesn’t seem to have any historical context, unlike Mother’s Day, which is based on the Christian Church’s Mothering Sunday (at least in the UK). However, although I’m not a father myself (ok, […]

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Old (ish) Photos

I’m in the process of sorting out some of my photographs so they are better organised and backed up in more then one place, which is always a sensible precaution. Doing this, I’ve come across some of the oldest digital photos I have of the Scout Group, so I’ve put them into our Gallery. Some […]

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Beavers & Cubs Sponsored Walk

The Beavers and Cubs have spent this evening walking round Westport Lake to raise money for the animal charity the PDSA. Of course, there was a bit of concern doing this today in light of the tragedy on Tuesday, where a Beaver drowned in a river. We were walking by a lake on one side […]

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The Worst News

I’ve just read the awful news that a Beaver Scout died last night while walking along a river in Suffolk with the rest of his Colony. There is no news on how this tragedy happened at the moment, and I will make no speculation or comment. See here for more info – it will be […]

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A New Member of the Troop

This in itself is not a very unusual news item. Indeed we invested three new Scouts at the weekend on camp. However, our newest member won’t be joining us every week as it is a bit far for him to travel! He is a Scout from Catalonia in Spain and is staying with one of […]

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Stereotypes

As a movement we are very prone to stereotyping in people’s minds. Some people still believe that Scouts dress in the traditional Baden Powell style (some do, but most don’t), we are lying in wait to help old ladies cross the road (again nothing wrong there, see the BSA ad!) and we are always saying […]

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Good News & Good Publicity

With all the recent good publicity that’s been generated in the UK from Bear Grylls appointment as our next Chief Scout, it’s been quite interesting to see the reactions generated. Looking at the forums on Escouts for example, the views from here in the UK are very positive (of course not everyone agrees, but why […]

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Over the last few weeks I’ve done a lot of work teaching our Cubs, Scouts and another Troop’s Scouts how to use knives, axes and bow saws correctly and safely (strange how it all happens at the same time!). It is traditional that when you join the Scouts (I mean the Troop here), you get […]

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One Good Turn….

Over the last few months we’ve been building up a good relationship with another of our local Scout Groups. They have very kindly let us use their climbing wall and use their Scout Hut and grounds to camp at overnight. This has come about because our Assistant Scout Leader has been doing some climbing training […]

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Awards

The Scout Association has a number of awards that it presents to Leaders and adult helpers for long service, good service and gallantry. The only awards given automatically are those given for long service. So, for example, I have my Chief Scout’s 15 Years Service Award, which was presented to me in 2007. My Group’s […]

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