Introduction to January 2016 Scouting Times


Welcome to this edition of Scouting Times – the newsletter for all adults involved with Scouting in Hereford & Worcester Scout County.  Since our last edition in September, a lot has happened and we have captured some of the highlights of these in this newsletter and on our website (


This month, we’ve launched (please read the articles):

  • Apples and Pears II – our County Conference on the 12th March 2016 for all adults in the County.
  • Barney Beaver’s 30th Birthday Challenge for all Beavers.
  • Our Cubs Centenary Badge (in conjunction with the Cubs Centenary Camp).
  • The Royal Three Counties Show occasional badge with free, pre-booked show admission for young people and their leaders.
  • Discounted rates for camping at Kinver.
  • Updated activities & supporting information pages on our website.

The biggest challenge that many of us have faced has been not having a membership system and this has caused real problems. The good news is that as we go to press, some access has started to be restored – with more on the way!


Within the County we continue to struggle to find volunteers to take on management roles in Scouting, including District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders. These roles are pivotal to having successful Scouting operating. If you know anyone who may be interested in such a role, please let us know.


If you have anything for the next edition of Scouting Times, please e-mail it to me by the end of March for publication in April 2016. Meanwhile enjoy your Scouting and the positive impact that it has on our young people.

Yours in Scouting,

Derek Barnes,

County Commissioner,


District Commissioners


We are delighted that:


Viv Ware became the sole District Commissioner for Bromsgrove District at the start of November. Viv had previously been the leading member of Team DC in Bromsgrove District through 2015, but is now able to undertake the role by herself, with support from others. Thank you Viv. And thanks to Ali, Steve and Angus for all your work as members of Team DC and the support you are continuing to give Viv.


Mike McAuliffe took over as District Commissioner for Redditch District on the 1st December. Well done Mike. Mike took over from Sylvia Summers who announced her intention to stand down as District Commissioner of Redditch District after almost 8 successful years; initially as acting District Commissioner for a couple of years and then as the District Commissioner for almost 6 years Thank you Sylv for all you have done over the last 8 years; it’s been great. You will be very much missed! Sylv will continue in her other roles as Local Training Manager for Redditch District and as a Training Advisor.


We are still looking at Team DC and DC options for Evesham and Severn & Teme Districts and will soon be launching a focussed DC search in each District. Meanwhile if you have any interest, then look on the website and contact the County Commissioner to express your potential interest.