This is quite an extensive update and may be better read online rather than in your email.
Group Scout Leader update
I wanted to add a short note to the beginning of this update; the last two weekend’s “Rewind” posts didn’t go out. This is entirely down to me. I’ve had a lot more on in my personal/work life and, with so many Scouting events taking place within a short period of time, I just haven’t had enough time to get the content collated and posted. I’m sorry it’s been missed – totally appreciate how valuable it is for you all.
I’m pleased to be able to share a handful of great bits of news:
Firstly, two parents have kindly offered to take on Editorial roles and will be getting training up on our website in the near future. I’m anticipating a September launch for their Rewind / Fast Forward and other postings. Thank you to both of you – this will make a big difference.
Secondly, we’re having a few changes within the leadership team. Nothing daunting or for any kind of concern. Largely, changes to some section leaders based on personal volunteering desires, life changes and/or natural movement within the group. In the next few weeks, once they are finalised, I’ll share the details with you.
Thirdly, and this is one of my favourite things to share this week, we’ve some new volunteers really making great contributions towards our young people’s scouting journies. Thank you for joining us and for everything you’re doing!
We aren’t done on the recruitment drive. We still need more adults across the board – there are so many people I speak to who thought volunteering has to be every week or most weeks. We have lots of shift workers or people who contribute against their available timetable. The more of us involved, the lighter the load. I, therefore, ask if you could help on an irregular basis at a section meeting, or in the back office roles of admin, let me know!
Group (All sections)
Our group camp is booked in for the weekend of 12-14th July. Invitations to the event went out via Online Scout Manager (OSM) a couple of weeks ago; you can find a copy of the event letter and other information on our dedicated event page, here. Within the OSM invite, we’ve also asked you how many additional family members might be joining us for our family picnic and “sports afternoon” on Sunday – if you could let us please know, it’ll help with keeping food waste to a minimum. Thank you.
We will not be taking cash payments or cheques for this event due to a shortened lead time up to the event. Please note: payments are not due to your young person’s normal section account – it is a specific group account used for events such as this one; please, therefore, be careful not to recycle previous payees within your online banking.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the lovely parents/guardians and other volunteers who have recently offered their support for this weekend and either have or are in the process of getting DBS cleared so they can help out. Your support will make a wonderfully positive impact on our young people.
We still have a few spaces available in each section, please book now to avoid disappointment. Full event details will land in your inbox next week for all those booked and paid. We will also host a briefing call for adults volunteering over the weekend.
Bookings close 1st July 2019; to ensure we can focus on the latter stages of event preparation, places not paid for by this point will, unfortunately, have to be reallocated or cancelled.
Armed Forces Day
The 29th of June is Armed Forces Day. The Penistone event is being supported by our group. We have a number of adults running the car park for the day; additionally, some Explorers acting as on-demand support for the organisers across some of the event zones.
Whilst we do have several adults lined up for the day-time car parking, similar to our Gala provision, the more we can spread the load, the more we can enable our wonderful volunteers to be able to get to also experience the event. If you can assist, please let us know.
Thurgoland Village Fun day
We will be supporting Thurgoland Village fun day on the 7th July.
Our involvement is two-fold:
Firstly, we will be running a fundraising stall (net monies to be used by our group) for which we’re asking for donations from our group’s members. It’s a “Wine or Water” stall and therefore we’re asking for a donation of one bottle of something per family to stock the “chance” stall with. Please hand any donations to your section leader.
Secondly, we’ll be assisting the organisers with setting up and clearing down the event. We’ve asked some of the Explorers for help with this, but we’d also benefit from some adult support too, please. If you can support us setting up on Saturday, or clearing down on Sunday, or running our stall for a couple of hours, please let us know. (Stall will be open 13:00 to 17:00 on the Sunday, or less if we run out of supplies!)
Back in the here and now, let’s take a look at the coming week:
The week ahead (24th June 2019 onwards)
Castors and Boomers – will have another attempt at working in the grounds of St Johns church to complete the community part of their world badge; let us hope for dry evenings. They need only have their necker from their uniform, old clothes and close-toed footwear, please. Also if they can bring a small trowel or similar and gloves that would be helpful. Normal times but deliver and collect from the churchyard.
Millstones – are meeting Wednesday rather than Friday. 6:30 pm at the scout hut where we will walk to Oxspring park. Beavers will need to be collected from the park at 7:45. Ideally, we need a couple of parents to stay and walk with us, please.
Future Beaver events
Bella Vista and Raptors –This week we will again be joining forces at the Scout Hut (Raptor parents, please note the change of venue). Half of the Bella Vista cubs will be doing their Digital Maker badge whilst the rest of us will be cooking on fires also please come suitably dressed for this with no open-toed shoes or flammable clothing.
Alegre Cubs – will not be meeting on Tuesday. Instead, we have the sailing session on Monday at Winscar. Please see the dedicated event entry for this; you will have been sent a provider consent form that must be completed before the session start time of 18:00. Copies of this form can be found the event entry in our calendar.
Future Cub events
Enigma – we will be doing a chip shop hike as we are long overdue a good walk out with the rain recently. Please wear suitable footwear for a long hike and bring money for the chip shop. We will need parents to stay and accompany Shauna and Mike on this hike. If you are free to help then please email and let us know.
Wibbles – please look out for an email if there are any specifics you’ll need to know ahead of this week’s meeting.
Viernes – please look out for an email if there are any specifics you’ll need to know ahead of this week’s meeting.
Future Scout events
Please look out for an email if there are any specifics you’ll need to know ahead of this week’s meeting.
Future Explorer events
Digital makers (Scouts)
Digital makers (Beavers)
Sailing (Bella Vista & Raptors)
Penistone Gala and Mayor’s Parade
The Gala weekend was, once again a busy one. The weather wasn’t on our side, but we ploughed through! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of you who baked and supplied cakes/buns for us to sell over the weekend. For all of the lovely volunteers who manned the gates, flipped burgers, served drink and cakes and all of the other stuff that goes with such a long weekend – we’re proud of what you achieved. Thank you!
And a bonus video Susie’s pulled together:
If I’ve missed something the leader team have sent me to share, my apologies – they’ll let me know and we’ll include it next week!