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.
Does your group/unit/district/scout event have a website Or do you want to get a website?
County already helps 40 scouting websites in Gloucestershire save the cost of hosting. We also have the buying power to purchase domains at a better rate that most individuals. Along with this, we can help you get a basic WordPress site up and running. And finally, we have a new theme which is currently in final testing over at Stroud and Tetburys stscouts.org.uk
The Pears project team working in Gloucestershire currently consists of Ben Powlesland – Project Manager, Coralie Thompson – Senior intern, Becky Thorpe and Chris Padgett interns.
Becky was supporting the Prestbury Scout group in Cheltenham where a new Beaver colony is now open and some support was given to help split the existing Cub Pack in two to allow for future growth. The new sections are between 13 and 16 in number so they have the potential to grow to allow even more young people to be able to access Scouting.
Coralie has been supporting the new Coopers Edge Beaver Colony that is part of 1st Upton St Leonards Scout group in Gloucester. The 8 new Beavers and 7 new adults are all invested with the group now providing support to the new sections.
Currently all of the active projects are in Cheltenham:
Waddon Scout Group – The team are working with the Cornerstone Centre to open Scouting in Waddon. We held a good open evening before February half term attracting about 20 young people and some initial interest in volunteering. We are supporting some taster evenings with a growing number of Beaver and Cub aged children attend each week. A suitable experienced Scout Leader has been identified to run the Troop and a School assembly has helped to swell numbers.
1st Warden Hill – We are supporting the Scout Leadership team to alter the programme now we have increased the number of young people following some successful school assembles and an open night. We think we have found a new volunteer to give a third adult at the Scout Section.
49th Cheltenham – We are helping grow and split the sections. We have given some support to the group and visited the sections. There are school assembles planned over the next few weeks. The Beavers and Cubs will continue to use the same time slot but meet in separate spaces with different leadership teams and programmes.
The next phase of projects now starting are in the Forest of Dean:
Newent – Support to the existing sections in the group to find leaders and young people and new sections.
Aylburton and Lydney – Recruitment of leaders in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – Recruitment of young people, particularly girls, in Beavers and Cubs
There have been a lot of changes to International Scouting and the Global programme in the last couple of years. As well as programme changes, we now have a new team responsible for supporting International and Global activities in Gloucestershire. Chris Langham, Ben Klinkenburg and Dave L’oste Brown have formed the new team and are looking at ways they can help support your international programme. They have a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and between them have visited a plethora of countries with Scouting.
The evening will include presentations on some new Awards, hints and resources of how to include Global activities into Section Programmes (there will be something for everyone, from Beavers to Network), and a chance to meet the new team.
The County water activities team recently launched their new look brand and were looking ahead to what promises to be an exciting year. With more water based permits in the County and new advisers, they are looking at needing more space to dry out wet kit! Activities from kayaking and sailing to the more unusual bell boating and scuba are all available to young people in the County.
The new logo brings together the team under a common brand. A new water activities micro-site has also been launched. It aims to bring you the information you need to take everyone from Beavers to Network and Active Support out on the water.
While at the launch they celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Spade” Gardner teaching scouts water activities in Gloucestershire. This is a fantastic achievement and he’s introduced many thousands of Scouts to activities on the water. They did wonder if he’d started to grow webbed feet!
Are you interested in leading water activities for your section? Contact Shelley Wright for more information.
We’re really excited to let you know that Strategy is now over 50% full. Don’t forget to make sure your Scouts are booked on before the price increase on the 30th April. Last year over 600 Scouts, Explorers and Network members from Gloucestershire attended over the two weekends, fully catered and now on a site even closer to the forest why not come and join the adventure? Book now at s-e.org.uk
Strategy is a challenge event for Scouts that lets them loose in our 3,000 acre ‘Play Area’. The multi-activity challenge hike has over 30 bases scattered across our woodland site, which our Strategists get points for completing. You’ll have to plan your own route to make best use of the allocated time!
Last year bases included everything from Pioneering to Supermarket-Sweep, Climbing to Caving and even Nail-Painting and Custard Jumping! Who knows what this year will hold but trust us – all your physical stamina, mental prowess and Scouting & Guiding skills will be tested!
Evolution decided to throwaway the challenge event rule book, why have the same challenge every year? So year on year we provide you with a new challenge (and ultimately a new challenge for ourselves too!). So what can you expect from the main event? The main event always tries to challenge your scouting teamwork and skills with either physical bases or more mental challenges. So far we’ve had assault courses, inflatables, air rifles, a cave bus, and even scrabble. So come join the fun and see what is in store for you this year!