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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, 4 leaders and 5 IST members. If you would like to be a part of the contingent please fill out the relevant form below.

The cost of the trip for the 36 young people and 4 leaders 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.

For IST the cost of the camp is £255 (1250 Zloty) this excludes transport, equipment and the city visit. We will expect the IST to participate in fundraising and be a part of the contingent and support them in their travels to and from the camp.

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 30th November

For more info on the jamboree visit ej2020.org or email chris.meadows@gscouts.org.uk

Deputy and Assistant Leaders

We’re looking for three leaders to join the team; you need to be prepared to be part of a team which will be creating a new jamboree group of 36 young people, organise and help with fundraising, plan our trip to the jamboree including a city break and have fun making this the best trip possible for those attending. Do you have what it takes to be the spark and be part of a leadership team to take 36 young people on a great adventure?

If you feel you have what it takes, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/Kang6Kcrt5jLS1jE3

Closing date will be Friday 16th November 2018

For more info on the jamboree visit ej2020.org

Please send any questions to chris.meadows@gscouts.org.uk

IST

The IST are the backbone of any jamboree, they keep the site working and make sure everyone has a great time. As IST you will be integrated into an international team doing all manner of tasks to ensure the jamboree is a great experience for all attending. It is an amazing experience which the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association wants to make even better. At the European jamboree there will be extras for the IST along the themes of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. These include yoga and Zumba, food houses, chill-out zones, concerts and parties purely for the IST. Do you have what it takes to be the spark and be part of an International Service Team hosting a jamboree for the Scouts and Guides of Europe?

We have 5 spaces from Gloucestershire for IST, If you would like to apply to be one of them please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/K1i5CnDQNKibbc9w1

Closing date will be Friday 16th November 2018

For more information on the jamboree visit ej2020.org

Please send any questions to chris.meadows@gscouts.org.uk

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.

County Water Weekend 2018

This will be our 6th year of Gloucestershire Scouting on the Water.

15th to 16th September

Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddleboarding.

What’s on offer,

  • paddling experience,
  • British Canoeing Awards,
  • Scouting Paddle Awards,
  • leader permit assessments,
  • or just enjoying a paddle on the River Avon.

To find out more visit http://activities.gscouts.org.uk/gloucestershire-water-weekend-at-croft-farm-september-2018/

Cranham Scout Centre Survey

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)

Archery* Bush Craft Challenge Course
Traversing Wall* Grass Sledging Air Rifles*
Camp Craft Caving Complex* Pioneering
Team Building Orienteering Quiz Walks
Sumo Wrestling Tomahawks Camp Fire Circle

Instructors are available for many activities.

The survey will close on the 10th February 2018.

On to the survey….