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Review of 2018 – 19

At our AGM on 19th September, under the supportive and watchful eyes of; Charles Berkeley (our County President & High Sheriff of Gloucestershire ), Ruth Fitzjohn (Deputy Lord Lieutenant), Alex Peace-Gadsby (Chief Commissioner – England), Hamish Stout (Regional Commissioner) and many of our County Vice Presidents, we reviewed what has been another fantastic year in Gloucestershire Scouting.

Please do read the Review of the year, share it and spread the word that Scouting is thriving in Gloucestershire. You will also be able to see the presentations used at the AGM

Happy reading!

Jamboree in a bag

As you may be aware that this year we are sending 45 Young People from Gloucestershire are attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree. As part of this they are offering to come and run an evenings worth of international programme for you! The evening will be based around the jamboree organisers and will include Mexican, American & Canadian inspired activities.

To book please fill in the form below

County Youth Commissioner

We are looking for individuals aged 18-24 to work as part of the county team as our next County Youth Commissioner! You will support adults and empower young people to achieve great things and help work towards our Vision 2020.
Could this be you?
If so, please contact County Commissioner Mark Spiller (mark.spiller@GloucestershireScouts.org.uk) by 16th December 2018 with no more than 150 words stating what you could bring to the role.

Gloucestershire European Jamboree 2020 Contingent

For the first time in 15 years there will be a European Jamboree! The jamboree will be held between 27th July and 6th August 2020 in Gdansk, Poland. Over the last 4 years the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association has had a concept of “Be the Spark”, which alongside the main theme of “ACT” is a theme for this jamboree.

As a county we have the opportunity to take 36 young people. If you would like to be a part of the contingent please fill out the form below.

The cost of the trip is £1250. This will include the camp, transport, equipment and a city visit. The fee will be expected, at least in part, to be fundraised through individual and unit activities.

Participants

We’re looking for 36 young people (ages 14-17 at the time of the jamboree) to join us at the European Jamboree in Poland in 2020. The European Jamboree is set to be an amazing adventure with plenty of activities. If you are interested please fill out the form below and we’ll also be holding a selection event to select our 36.

Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/SCFS90uTHON58Bzv1

Closing date is 31st January

Inspiring Programmes Award

The County Team believe it is important to recognise those amazing leaders and their teams who are providing inspiring programmes to young people across the county. To that end we are delighted to launch the Inspiring Programmes Award. Each recipient will receive a scarf as a way to give recognition and celebrate leaders doing this. 

Find out more and make your nominations on our Inspiring Programmes Award Page

Poppy Badge 2018

You may remember, in past years we have worked together with the Royal British Legion to provide activities and opportunities to get involved with the work of this amazing charity.

This year we are once again partnering with RBL and would like to offer your Young people the opportunity to work towards achieving the Poppy Badge for 2018. The instructions on what the badge criteria are, an order form and additional information for leaders below.

Thanks to Liz Hodge and Louise Little for supporting us in launching this once again this year.

Review of 2017-18

Welcome to our review of the year 2017 – 18. You may wonder, why has the time been taken to write this in addition to an Annual Report issued at our County AGM?

Well, I want to demonstrate to you, our County Council Members, our hard-working volunteers and other interested parties, the progress we are making towards achieving our vision for 2020 which we launched at our AGM in 2017. 46 attendees all pledged to undertake activity to help us achieve this…

You might view this as a school report where we highlight the successes we have and recognising where we could do even better. It is our way to keep ourselves accountable for the roles that we have in delivering Scouting to as many people in Gloucestershire as we possibly can.

As shown at the County AGM 2017-18

Tall Ships Sailing Opportunity

We are excited to announce that in Summer 2019 we will take a group of Scouts sailing on a 72ft (22m) Challenger Yacht.  The yachts are operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and the voyage is led by their experienced professional and volunteer crew.  Scout leaders will be on board to join in the fun.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity…

Deputy Youth Commissioners

I am excited to announce that Kat Holter and Callum Johnston have been appointed as Deputy County Youth Commissioners!

Kat and Callum both have skills and qualities which we feel will help to shape the role and support adults and YP in the county further. The three of us met last week to discuss how to split the role and it was decided to split geographically. 
From now on, Kat will be supporting Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Forest of Dean and North Cotswold. Callum will be supporting Cheltenham, Cotswold, Stroud & Tetbury and Cotswold Vale.

If you would like to get in touch with either of them, please do so using the contact details below:
Kat.holter@gloucestershire-scouts.org.uk
Callum.johnston@gloucestershire-scouts.org.uk

The split in areas does not mean that support will not come from the other DCYC if it is required. It is a starting point for us and one that we hope to develop. Any feedback on how this works over the upcoming year would be greatly appreciated.

Lauren Greening 
County Youth Commissioner

Haarlem Jamborette

There are a few places remaining for the Gloucestershire Contingent trip to the Haarlem Jamborette in Holland in August next year.  Explorers and Scouts come and join the team to be a part of this amazing experience.