Scouting Times - September 2016

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                                                                                                                                                 September/October 2016

Welcome to the September/October 2016 edition of Scouting Times.
You'll probably notice that we have a new format which we hope you'll like.
You can either skip through the pages listed below or view the complete Scouting Times as a single PDF file by clicking here.
Enjoy and find out about what is happening in your County.
All County events (and known details about them) are listed on the County Website (www.hwscouts.org.uk)

The next Scouting Times is planned for publication in January 2017, so if you have anything to contribute, please send it to comms@hwscouts.org.uk by the end of December.

Contents:

Congratulations Sascha

Congratulations to our County President Sascha Kindred in Rio in September on winning his 7th Paralympic swimming Gold Medal This is his 62nd major medal, including his 7 Paralympic golds and 11 top medals at World Championships.

Sascha has also become the first individual to be made a freeman of the County of Herefordshire.

Very well done Sascha!

 

 

Have you considered the new County Youth Commissioner role?

We are seeking our first County Youth Commissioner. Closing date for expressions of interest is the 1st November 2016 after which we will go through a selection process.

The full role description is available on the County website by clicking here.

Ideally the County Youth Commissioner would be the same person as the County National Youth Representative (for details click here). However it could well be someone else and hence liaison between the roles will be important.

If you are interested in the role, please e-mail comms@hwscouts.org.uk  with your expression of interest or for an informal chat about the role.
Or read about how Youth Commissioners have got on in other Counties & Districts by 
clicking here.

New District Commissioner

We are delighted to announce that Phil Smith has been appopinted as the District Commissioner for Severn and Teme. Well done Phil and thank you.

Phil was an experienced Scout Leader in Gloucestershire before moving to New Zealand for three years. On his return, he has settled in Clifton-on-Teme and saw that we were looking for a District Commissioner. Who says advertising roles never works!

Over the last few weeks, Phil has been working with Brett Carrier (District Chairman) to start to understand the District and some of the challenges that are ahead for him. Please give Phil your full support. Meanwhile a huge thanks to Brett for all he has done over the last 18 months to keep many of the basic District functions working.

In the next few weeks we hope to be able to make an announcement about a Team to take on the District Commissioner role (Team DC) for Evesham District.
Watch this space.

 

New ACC Scouts Appointed

We are delighted to announce that Robert Sidley (best known as just Sid) has been appointed to the role of Assistant County Commissioner Scouts (ACC Scouts). Well done Sid.

Sid is also Group Scout Leader of the 5th Worcester Sea Scout Group and can be seen in the picture participating in one of his favoured activities. In fact Sid is so at home on the water that there is a rumour that he has webbed feet! We've not investigated though to see if this is true!

With Sid's appointment, we now only need an Assistant County Commissioner Beavers to have an ACC covering each Section. Know someone who could do the ACC Beavers role? Click here for further details of the role.

 

 

New County Commissioner Required

In September, our current County Commissioner (Derek Barnes) announced that he planned to step down from the role at the end of the year after 6 successful years in charge of the County. Derek is now the longest serving current County Commissioner in the West Midlands. During Derek's tenure there has been considerable change to Scouting, primarily through a great number of changes from Headquarters. Nevertheless the County has continued to grow every year.

Shortly a search for Derek's replacement as County Commissioner will commence. This will be led by John Day (Deputy County Commissioner Adult Support) . So dust off your CV and get ready to apply! We currently expect all members of the County to be circulated with further information and the role requirements and nomination form to appear on the County website in late October. 

If you don't feel that the County commissioner Role is right for you, have you considered any of the other roles that we are currently seeking in the County? Take a look by clicking here.

 

 

County Activity Meetings

Over the coming months there are a number of meetings regarding County Activities. These include:

County Mountain Walking Activities Meeting - 11th October 

County Water Activities Meeting - 8th November 

County Climbing Activities Meeting - 22nd November 

Manager of the Activities Permit Scheme Moderation Meeting - 6th December 

You can click on each above for full details.

Climbing Experience Days for Adult Members

Experience and training days for adult members of the Scouts and Guides, give it a go and see what climbing has to offer.

Over the winter we are planning to run a series of days to encourage Adult Leaders or Scout Network Members to gain experience of climbing on Real Rock or at some of the larger indoor climbing walls.

Maybe you are logging your experience for a permit or maybe you just want to improve your own personal climbing or learn a few new skills?
Ideally we would like to run the majority of these days at outdoor venues but I’m sure the weather will give us the excuse to spend a few days at indoor walls too!

Who is this for?
The real rock days are open to all adult members of the Scout and Guide movements (18 and over) who wish to gain experience of climbing at natural rock crags and indoor walls. You can be at any level of experience from the beginner who just wants to come along and see what it’s all about to the experienced climber.

What is the aim of these days?
The aim of the days is to get leaders out climbing, hopefully they will then pass on what they have learnt and experienced to the young people they work with. It is not important what age level you work with.

Who is organising the climbing?
The days are being organised by members of the Activate Team.

What are the dates?
The dates for 2016/2017 are as follows: -
15th October, 13th November, 10th December, 8th January, 11th February, 12th March

Where will the meetings take place?
It is intended to use various crags which are accessible from Hereford and Worcester.
The exact venues will be finalised a few days before each meeting to allow us to assess the weather.

What will happen on bad weather days?
The meetings will be moved to a large indoor wall such as the Warehouse at Gloucester.

Do I need to book?
Yes - you need to contact Tim Jones at any time before each meeting to confirm details on 07709138575 or wildenfarm@gmail.com At your first meeting we will collect your full contact details and, if you wish, add you to a mailing list to keep you updated of other climbing activities coming up.

What will this cost me?
Individuals pay their share of transport costs, any admission fees if we climb indoors and a small hire fee if they need to borrow any personal climbing equipment i.e.helmet or harness.

How will the group travel and what equipment do I need?
The plan is to travel in private cars and meet up at the crag. All climbing equipment will be provided but please bring your own if you have any. You will need to come dressed for a day in the outdoors and will need a packed lunch with drink.

Could I bring along one or two of my own Scouts or Guides?
No. These days are strictly for adults. If you would like to run a day on natural rock for your Scouts or Guides then why not book a session with the Activate Team instructors.

www.activateteam.org.uk 

County Leader Walking and Climbing Weekend

County Leader Walking and Climbing Weekend – May 5th to 7th 2017

Venue for 2017 is Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre, St. John's-in-the-Vale, Keswick (link: http://www.cdyc.org.uk/ )

Full details of this event will be sent out in the near future.  The main objective of the weekend is for Leaders to either

  • Be assessed for hill walking or on rock permits
  • Receive training to help them obtain walking or on rock permits
  • Log personal hill walking / climbing days

Additionally to this we are offering the chance for existing permit holders to bring their own groups of scouts / explorers for a weekend of hill walking in the Lake District.  The accommodation booked is split in to two separate building and the one building would be available for group usage.  There would be a maximum of 12 youth places available but any group taking this offer on must provide suitable permitted Leaders to cover their numbers.  This opportunity would really suit youth members who have some experience of this activity and would not be recommended to the novice.

Full details will be out soon via the County website at  link: http://www.hwscouts.org.uk/?q=node/594 

Or contact Rob Williams (Deputy County Commissioner – Activities)  at dccact@hwscouts.co.uk  

 

Leaders Winter Walking Programme

Winter Leader Walking Programme 2016 to 2017

We have tried to put in more walks this winter and also tried to accommodate different levels of walkers

Moderate walks should be easier routes taking in areas which are Terrain 0 and / or Terrain 1.  These are suitable for those aiming to gain a permit for Terrain 1 or just those who fancy a pleasant day in the hills.

Hard Walks will take in Terrain 1 and / or Terrain 2 OR provides elements of Training suitable for those wishing to gain a permit for Terrain 1 /Terrain 2.  These days are also suitable for those permit holders who wish to log some personal walking days.

Please note that some days have two walks scheduled and some of these are at completely different venues

Date

Where

Grade

Sun-30-Oct

Brecon Beacons

Moderate (T1)

Sun-27-Nov

Brecon Beacons

Moderate (T1)

Thu-29-Dec

TBA

Festive (T0 to T1)

Sun-22-Jan

Long Mynd

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sun-22-Jan

Long Mynd

Moderate (T0 to T1)

Sun-12-Feb

Elan Valley

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sun-12-Feb

Elan Valley

Moderate (T0 to T1)

Sun-19-Mar

Brecon Beacons

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sun-19-Mar

Black Mountains

Moderate (T0 to T1)

Sat-22-Apr

Llangollen area

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sat-22-Apr

Black Mountains

Moderate (T0 to T1)

As usual the Walk Leader in charge will email out final details a couple of weeks before each walk and you are asked to inform them if you intend to attend that walk.

If you are planning a day out walking in the hills over the winter then please consider inviting other leaders to come along and join you. Just email me details at least two weeks in advance and I will distribute details around all on the Leader walking data base.

Rob Williams (Deputy County Commissioner – Activities)  at dccact@hwscouts.co.uk  

Winter Leader Walking Programme

Winter Leader Walking Programme 2016 to 2017

We have tried to put in more walks this winter and also tried to accommodate different levels of walkers

Moderate walks should be easier routes taking in areas which are Terrain 0 and / or Terrain 1.  These are suitable for those aiming to gain a permit for Terrain 1 or just those who fancy a pleasant day in the hills.

Hard Walks will take in Terrain 1 and / or Terrain 2 OR provides elements of Training suitable for those wishing to gain a permit for Terrain 1 /Terrain 2.  These days are also suitable for those permit holders who wish to log some personal walking days.

Please note that some days have two walks scheduled and some of these are at completely different venues

Date

Where

Grade

Sun-30-Oct

Brecon Beacons

Moderate (T1)

Sun-27-Nov

Brecon Beacons

Moderate (T1)

Thu-29-Dec

TBA

Festive (T0 to T1)

Sun-22-Jan

Long Mynd

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sun-22-Jan

Long Mynd

Moderate (T0 to T1)

Sun-12-Feb

Elan Valley

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sun-12-Feb

Elan Valley

Moderate (T0 to T1)

Sun-19-Mar

Brecon Beacons

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sun-19-Mar

Black Mountains

Moderate (T0 to T1)

Sat-22-Apr

Llangollen area

Hard (T1 to T2)

Sat-22-Apr

Black Mountains

Moderate (T0 to T1)

As usual the Walk Leader in charge will email out final details a couple of weeks before each walk and you are asked to inform them if you intend to attend that walk.

Are you planning a day out walking in the hills over the winter then please consider inviting other leaders to come along and join you. Just email me details at least two weeks in advance and I will distribute details around all on the Leader walking data base. 

Rob Williams (Deputy County Commissioner – Activities) 

Disclosures

Most adult roles in Scouting require an up to date Scout Association Disclosure. This includes all Executive Committee roles, all Advisors and Section Assistants, i.e. most roles. For the definitive list (or if in any doubt) look in Table 1: Appointments in The Appointments Process at the back of Policy Organisation and Rules (POR) for the complete list.

In late August, The Scout Association informed all adult volunteers who needed, but did not have a current Disclosure that they had 30 days in which to complete (not just start) a new Disclosure application. This information went to their recorded contact details (normally e-mail address) on Compass. Those 30 days are now over, so in  October, The Scout Association are starting the mandatory suspension of all adults who have not had a valid Disclosure for 30 days and require one for their role. Note: Line Managers have no discretion about these suspensions.

In future, adults whose Disclosure is soon to expire will get 3 month, 2 month and one month warnings - so please check that your contact details on Compass are up to date and correct. New Disclosures are requested on Compass and then actioned using the Atlantic Data system. Full details are provided on the Compass Support site at link: https://compasssupport.scouts.org.uk/ 

If you are in any doubt about your own Disclosure or contact details, please log into Compass and check them.
                                            

Managing Risk Properly

We all know how important it is to properly manage risk these days, whether it be an activity in our normal meeting room or something more adventurous outside. The Scout Association provide lots of useful information and guidance on how to go about this at: www.members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/2360/risk-assessment .

Risk assessments should not normally be huge documents; rather they are checklists of what could go wrong, the impact of each and what mitigation actions you are putting in place to try to ensure that they do not occur (or are at least managed)

Nevertheless the responsibility of Executive Committees for providing a safe environment in which normal Scouting takes place (whether it be an owned or rented premises) are often forgotten about. If this is is done properly by the Executive Committee, it enables the Leaders to focus on the specific activity or game that they are planning and all offsite activities.

It is particularly important that appropriate risk assessments are undertaken for all offsite activities, whether outside or inside, and then followed through. In the County we have had some instances where a risk assessment has been undertaken, events / circumstances have changed and the risk assessment has not been re-visited to see if it is right for the activity to proceed. As a result, accidents have occurred.

Please therefore be vigilant - but don't overdo it. Scouting is about Fun, Challenge and Everyday Adventure in a safe environment!

Manage your RISK
from this

To this

 

New Visits Aboard Process

The Visits Abroad Process is changing from January 2017

You want to take Young people abroad!

But what is involved ? How do you go about planning the trip? Isn’t there a lot of paperwork ?

Going abroad with Scouting is often a lot easier than people think. There is a very clear rule and process to follow and lots of people with international Scouting experience to guide you on your journey.

First things first –  Discuss your ideas with your Group Scout Leader (GSL) and/or District Commissioner (DC) and obtain their provisional approval.   Chat with the young people to see where they would like to go. There are a number of different types of international experiences that you can go on. Take a look at Globetrecker to find out where other Scouts Groups have visited and get ideas for your trip.

Step 1- talk to your Assistant County Commissioner International (ACCI) who will supply you with a process checker and 2 forms.

Step 2 - Submit Part A of your Visit Abroad form to your ACCI as soon as you’ve decided on the basic details: Where, When and Who is going. The definite numbers and dates can be confirmed in Part B.  This should be at least 8-12 months ahead of your planned visit.

Step 3- Plan your trip with support from your ACCI, DC, other volunteers where relevant. ACCI supports you through your visit abroad process, ensuring you have everything in place and making sure it gets approved by the relevant Commissioner. They can also notify Scouts in your host country that you’ll be arriving and issue you with a letter of introduction.

Relevant Commissioner approves your visit abroad, confirming that it is planned in line with TSA rules and guidance.

Step 4 - Submit your Visit Abroad form with Part B completed. This will confirm all the details of your trip including your programme, relevant risk assessments and details about your In Touch process. Your ACCI and relevant approving Commissioner will assess your visit and give approval for the visit to go ahead as planned or offer more support to ensure it’s a valuable and safe trip.

Headquarters: receive your visit abroad abroad form from your ACCI after it has been approved by the relevant Commissioner. This ensures they know where UK Scouts are in the world and can offer support and assistance where needed. 

Click here for full details of the new Visits Aboard Process.

Training Bulletin

Have you received your copy of the autumn 2016 Hereford and Worcester Training bulletin through the post? If not your address details my not be right on Compass, so please check them now.

                

Having checked and corrected your Compass entry, don't worry, a PDF version is available to download from the County Website by clicking here

Full details of all training courses for the remainder of this year, 2017 and 2018 and training application forms are also available by clicking here

Please remember:

  • The County offers training for free - so please use it.
  • All adults are expected to complete their Getting Started training (normally from Districts) within 5 months of appointment and gain their Wood Badge (normally through County) within 3 years of appointment.

Don't delay - apply today (using the latest training application form inside the Training Bulletin or downloaded from the County website by clicking here.) 

Barney Beavers Birthday Challenge

Over 400 Beaver Scouts are now proudly wearing their 30th Birthday  Badge as they complete the County’s 30 challenges. 

The closing date for entries to the competition for the  Colony who completes the challenges in the most original way  is December 1st 2016. Please send your completed entries to Ann Clark (DCC Programmes and International).

 

 

Cubs Centenary

After the fantastic County Cubs Centenary Camp in early July (thank you Ben for organising such a great event), are we ready for:
 
Promise Parties – As a high point to an amazing year of celebration, Cub Scouts across the UK will renew their Promise at 19:16 on the official date the Cub section was registered -  16 December 2016.

A national celebration that will include a Promise renewal, to be held on 16 December 2016 at 7.16pm (19:16) to commemorate the official registration date of the Cub Scout section.

Across Hereford & Worcester, each District is organising their own Promise Party. We gather some are in high profile locations and others are going for World Records! Good luck.

 

 

Kinver

25% Discount on Camping Fees Offer for 2016

The County campsite at Kinver (Kinver Camping and Activity Centre) is offering all Groups and Units in Hereford & Worcester County a 25% discount off the current camping fee of £3.10 i.e. £2.33 per person per night.

The new toilet and amenities block at Kinver is now in use - providing all the latest facities and comforts for those using the site!

To make an enquiry or booking contact Kathy Bayliss on 07736 378965 or email enquiries@kinvercamp.org.uk

To find out more about what Kinver has to offer, please go to link:  www.kinvercamp.org.uk

Plaques at Eastnor

Two Scouting plaques at Eastnor Deer Park, near Ledbury, have recently been refurbished with the help of the Malvern branch of the Baden Powell Guild of Great Britain.

The original plaques had become extensively damaged over a number of years . The photograph alongside shows the two refurbished plaques on their stone. Natural England have recently given permission for the stone on which they are mounted to be raised in order to prevent further damage (including by mowing) and we hope that this work will be completed soon.

If you visit Eastnor Deer Park, look out for the plaques near a small coppice of trees!

 

 

 

 

Scout Community Week 2016

Did you know that Scout Community Week 2016 runs from Saturday 22nd October to Saturday 29th October?

Are you planning to do anything "To make a positive impact in our Communities" in keeping with The Scout Associations 2014-18 Strategic Plan? Scout Community Week is the ideal opportunity.

There are resources available from The Scout Association to help by clicking here . Or is this the ideal opportunity to put the great resources available under the Million Hands project into practice and report back? Click here for more details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Nash's Acre Opened

Redditch District Scouts’ Conservation Area Officially Opened on Saturday 10th September 2016

Redditch’s MP and the Scouting County Commissioner for Hereford and Worcester helped to officially open Nash’s Acre, a Scouting conservation and activity area in Astwood Bank on Saturday (10 September 2016). Picture 1

County Commissioner Derek Barnes cut the ribbon on the field, to the rear of Astwood Bank Scout and Guide headquarters in Manor House Lane, while Karen Lumley helped plant a tree to mark the event.
 
Scouts from the Redditch District also got involved in the festivities by taking part in activities including pond dipping, insect watching and rope demonstration skills, while the older Scouts cooked burgers on the site’s oil drum barbecue fires.
 

The whole project is the brainchild of Redditch District Scout Chairman, Peter Nash, who organised the purchase of the strip of land  from Redditch Borough Council and Severn Trent Water. It is used by Scouts and Guides within Redditch so their members can take part in outdoor activities and take in the local wildlife. It contains some ten varieties of wildflower and six varieties of grasses and boasts facilities such as a wildlife pond, bug and bee hides and a bug hotel as well as a shelter and a composting toilet. There is also room for pitching tents on the site.

Peter said: “This project has been some time in the making, but it has all been so worthwhile. It was wonderful that our Member of Parliament and Scouting County Commissioner could spare the time to come down to make this a really special day. 

“I hope that Scouts for generations to come will be able to spend time here and make lasting memories for themselves.” Picture 2

Picture 1 (above): The opening of Nash’s Acre is celebrated by Redditch Borough Councillor for Astwood Bank, Brandon Clayton, Scouting County Commissioner Derek Barnes, Redditch MP Karen Lumley and Redditch Scouts District Chairman Peter Nash, standing by a pioneering gate made by Redditch Scouts.

Picture 2 (by side): Karen Lumley MP plants a sapling with the help of Scouts and overlooked by Rev Mike Herbert, former Redditch Scouts District Chairman when the project was started.
 

Andrew Powell
Media Development Manager
Redditch District Scouts
Web: 
www.redditchscouts.org.uk 


Mike McAuliffe (District Commissioner) samples the cooking


Peter Nash at the prioneering gate to the site


Beavers enjoy the cooked burgers

Summer Camps Remembered

1st Hereford Scout Troop enjoying their Summer Camp in Talgarth, Wales.  A busy week of sailing, trekking, paint balling, rock climbing, high wire activity and general scout craft, ensured an enjoyable and memorable time together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra 2016 & 2017

Mars, Bringer of War… Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity … this may sound like a visit to the local observatory but, in fact, it was far more interesting. On the 24th July 2016, over a hundred Scouts and Guides from all around the country gathered in Stourbridge for the 41st year of the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra (NSGSO).

With a brilliant selection of music made up of Holst’s Planets, as well as some Copeland, Butterworth and a complete rendition of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” we were more than happy to have our first rehearsal just minutes after flag break. We embarked on a busy week of eight to nine hours of practice a day; interspersed, of course, with Scouting classics, such a canoeing, land sledging and zip-wire, together with other exciting activities.

Conducted by the charismatic Leon Gee, formerly of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the course then culminated in a set of wonderful concerts (at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Birmingham) which, I am assured, all who attended enjoyed very much.

The whole experience was a great tribute to the organisational, logistical and motivational skills of Jill Bowman and her team. Our NSGSO week had seen a record for the number of people attending, and I hope that next year can surpass this year. Because, as it goes (also) in music - the more, the merrier!

   

William Eckley and with National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra Manager Jill Bowman. William was the first Scout to represent South Marches District Scouts (and the 1st Hereford!) on this fabulous occasion - a full week  of practise and preparation. Will played a fantastic part in the 'Concert Band', which performed in the CBSO Centre in Birmingham

 

 

 

 

Click on the image to right or above to get the full  2017 joining instructions
Applications close 10th December 2016

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are now open for  young people aged 12-25. The course and concerts are based in Stourbridge, West Midlands and run from Sunday 30 July - Sunday 6 August 2017. The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham.

All information to apply and lots of detail can be found at apply.nsgso.com<http://apply.nsgso.com >

NSGSO Orchestra and  NSGSO Concert Band

The Orchestra is now in its 42nd year, and after the success of forming the Concert Band last year it will again be run alongside the Orchestra. So there is a choice of 2 ensembles to apply for. There is slightly different criteria for each - please see below and also our website for specific information.

The NSGSO Course

The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week's course of music and social activities led by professional tutors and conductors and hosted by 6 staff members. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 30 July to Sunday 6 August 2017. During the week the Concert Band will perform 2 concerts in the community and also their main Saturday lunch time concert. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the two concerts with the Orchestra as guest artistes. For the Orchestra the week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th August with the Concert Band as guest artists. Both the Orchestra and the Concert Band will also play a joint piece together at the Friday and Saturday evening concerts. Alex Peace Gadsby, England Commissioner is already booked to attend the concert on Saturday evening 5th August.

To see for yourself what the NSGSO course involves watch our short promotional film NSGSO Promotional Video<https://youtu.be/nji1ALz1Jm0 

Our aim is to make sure that this email and flier reaches as many young people as possible.

The NSGSO had its 40th anniversary concert in 2015 but we are still not as widely known as we would like. Please could you circulate via email/Facebook groups/county websites/tweet etc. We would be most grateful.

To apply for the 2016 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to apply.nsgso.com<http://apply.nsgso.com >

Advent Sleepout Challenge

The Advent Sleepout Challenge, a national campaign to fund local homeless projects in England. Church Urban Fund (www.cuf.org.uk) are challenging youth organisations, community groups, churches, and individuals throughout England to “sleep out” this Advent, and help transform lives and communities across the country.  

By giving up a night of comfort that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted, this challenging experience brings home the daily reality of life for many homeless people in England. You could sleep out in a Scout hall, church or community hall, garage, or a garden shed! You could even spend the night in a local stable and reflect on the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph.

For more information on The Advent Sleepout Challenge and how you can get involved check out our website! 

The Scouts and The Advent Sleepout Challenge

This a great activity for the Scouts to participate in as it offers opportunities for learning, building and bonding! It gives your Scout group the chance to create an everyday adventure without having to leave their local community or area. 

Why not use the Advent Sleepout Challenge as a night for badge collecting! 

  • The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a great way for Scouts to earn their Fundraising Badge whilst learning and having fun.
  • Use your Sleepout to train Scouts in the Survival Skills Badge.
  • The evening would be a great opportunity for Scouts to earn their Entertainer Badge. Perhaps groups could work together to create a piece of drama about what it might be like to be homeless during Christmas. Or perform some Christmas Carols for their families!
  • Scouts could work towards their Chef Badge providing some much needed tasty food for everyone taking part.

Here are a few other ideas of how the Advent Sleepout Challenge can be adapted to suit local Scouting groups:

  • Encourage and develop team work by building a cooking fire or campfire together
  • Build a shelter out of cardboard boxes and teach your Pack/Troop/Patrol/Unit urban survival skills
  • Provide minimal ingredients and work together as a group to plan and cook a really frugal meal
  • Utilise the Church Urban Fund resources to teach Scouts about issues of poverty and homelessness 
  • Create a ‘stable’ with bales of hay and animals, either using your scout hut or use a local stable or barn venue

Here is our specific youth resource which provides plenty more ideas

What will Church Urban Fund provide?

Church Urban Fund will provide a number of resources and tools for you to run your Advent Sleepout Challenge as smoothly as possible, these include;

  • Presentation on how to host your own Advent Sleepout Challenge
  • Planning information and instructions, posters, disclaimer forms, risk assessment, health and safety information
  • Registration and online donation platform 
  • Interactive map of events happening across England
  • Video Content
    • About the issues of homelessness and poverty
    • Personal stories
    • How to get involved video
  • Ideas and activities for your sleepout challenge
  • Blog with ideas and stories of others involved
  • Support from the CUF central staff where needed

Again for more information do check out our website

If you have any other questions or queries then please do get in touch with Anastasia Bartlett either by email or on 0207 898 1644.

We do hope you consider taking the challenge this Advent and we really would love to have you on board!
Even if you don't think you can get involved this year Anastasia would be really interested to know your thoughts on how to appeal to Scouts?