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.
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.
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.
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, along with additional information for leaders are below.
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.
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.
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.
You may be surprised, but less than 20% of the users of the Cranham Scout Centre come from within Gloucestershire. Given its outstanding facilities the County Executive and Cranham Management Group need to understand why this is and we are therefore seeking your help please.
What does Cranham offer?
Cranham Scout Centre is situated in a lovely Cotswold valley on the edge of the village of Cranham. It comprises a main camping area, a residential centre with accommodation and onsite activities. There is also a wooded valley, called Daniels Grove, where there are smaller camping areas and further activities. The Scout Centre boasts 16 acres of woodland and fields and is surrounded by beech woodland to which we also have access.
Our main indoor accommodation sleeps 32. (4 rooms have bunk beds and two rooms have two single beds). The building includes a large hall with projector, surround-sound and Wi-Fi, separate dining room, large fully equipped kitchen with a food hygiene rating of 5, drying room, toilet and shower facilities.
The Cabin incorporates two units – one for sleeping and one for eating. The sleeping cabin contains bunk beds for 12 in 3 rooms (a two, a four and a six). The second cabin contains a well equipped kitchen and dining room area; there is also Wi-Fi. Toilet and shower facilities are situated close by.
Camping – the facilities include access to water standpipes, washing up shelters and toilet and shower blocks. The main sites have wooden cooking shelters. A fridge/freezer is available for use along with an electric hook-up.
On-site activities include: (* denotes all weather & day or night facility)
Unfortunately due to ill health Andy and Mairead have resigned as Centre Managers and have moved back to Devon: we wish Andy a full recovery.
We are delighted to welcome Ruth Rickman-Williams and Calvin (Cal) Williams as the new joint managers: they started on Monday. Their career has been working with young people and volunteers and they bring with them a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this demanding role. Ruth and Cal live locally and will be commuting.
Ruth and Cal are keen to hold an open day/evening in the near future – this will give you an opportunity to meet them and view the new caving complex!
The Scout Association with the support of funders including the Pears Foundation are offering 4 Internships to grow and develop Scouting in the following areas: 4 Gloucestershire, 2 x Avon and Somerset. This exciting new role will work along side an existing team supported by staff and volunteers to being positive youth activities to new area, allowing even more people experience the everyday adventure of Scouting.