A very Happy Christmas to everyone from the District Executive and District Teams. Have a fantastic time!
Belchamps has a great range of events over the coming Scouting year with something for every section. We are trying to offer leaders some great easy additions to their programme.
Kicking off in September with some 24 hour sleepovers a great easy way to get the section together for and overnight event. In October we have our first ever Jamboree on the Air where you can talk to other Scouts from around the world followed by our creepy camping weekend when the centre turns eerie.
In November it’s the annual Firework display with 2 displays this year one for the younger children with less bangs and the main one with our usual 20 minutes of spectacular fireworks. There is also the giant Bonfire and some fabulous light shows from Pluto jugglers.
In December we have our annual Christmas sleepovers and the fun spectacular day on the last weekend before Christmas with the centre lit up in its normal winter wonderland.
In January and February its 2 nights for the price of one on all of our buildings, with badge weekend in January and Winter Camp in February, its a busy couple of month.
March see’s more Sleepovers plus Mud Mania; the new tough mud style challenge. We’ve got lots of training courses running in March and April too, including rifle shooting, Archery, campfire leaders and Fencing. And in April its the second year of Survive Belchamps.
For a free events guide call 01702562690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex Scouts – Looking Forward to Wintac?
Wintac will be back on 13th – 15th November at Skreens Park Activity Centre.
A weekend of winter fun for the Explorers, the event this year will feature more activities on Saturday, including a Music Bar with a dancefloor and playstations, 3 tin tucker trial, bushcraft skills and bushcraft craft barn. There will also be a Leaders’ Retreat and evening programme.
Bookings now being taken. £35 each. £30 early bird. £16 catering (including pudding). £10 per leader. Early bird close 15th October. Closing date 29th October. Email email@example.com
For reasons outside of our control, the District AGM scheduled for 1st July has had to be postponed. We apologise for this, and will announce the revised date (which is likely to be early September) as soon as we know it.
I am really delighted to advise you that our UK Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, has been reappointed in this role until 2018. He will use this time over the next few years to continue to be an amazing ambassador for Scouting, highlighting the life changing opportunities we offer young people and to express our thanks to you, our adult volunteers, who deliver everyday adventure to nearly half a million young people across the UK.
Bear has made such an incredible contribution to the Movement since taking on the role of UK Chief Scout in 2009 and has really helped us to expand Scouting within Britain’s local communities. He is already looking forward to congratulating the latest young achievers of the Queen Scout Award at our ‘Day of Celebration and Achievement’ event at Windsor Castle in late April and taking part in an action packed weekend of Scouting activities in East Midlands region of England during May.
UK Chief Commissioner
The Scout Association
Compass is live for all adult members of Scouting. If you have not yet registered and logged into your profile, click on the green Compass button at the top of Members homepage to get started. You will need to know your membership number and email address to sign up. The user guide site provides a wealth of information on how to get started.
Its FREE camping for all owner district groups. (all buildings, equipment hire and activities are charged at normal prices for the weekend, it’s the camping that’s FREE FREE CAMPING.
When is it? 7th to 9th November 2014
What’s the cost? FREE CAMPING to any group in the owner districts
Who can go? Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers.
Compass is a powerful set of online tools for members to manage their Scouting administrative activities in one place. It can share access to that information with relevant Scouting colleagues and offer a high level of data security. The system streamlines many tasks currently performed to manage Scouting so members spend less time on administration.
Top 10 ways Compass will make your life easier:
- Managing personal information on youth and adult records
- Managing waiting lists
- One record per young person as they move up through Scouting
- Tracking youth badges
- Managing programme planning
- Managing activity and nights away permits
- Inviting and managing attendance at local events
- Creating and maintaining contact lists of specific volunteers/parents or young people for communication
- Directly email or text members/parents/young people via Compass (no need to download data and use your own email/mobile account)
- More effective and quicker systems for updating training and development records
It is the only online system provided by The Scout Association and it is free of charge to its users. You can download the Compass booklet to read more. Members will receive a copy of this booklet in their June 2014 magazine.
Roll out of Compass in 2014
Each County/Area/Region (Scotland) has agreed a month in 2014 for Compass to launch for members in that location.
Find out when your County/Area/Region (Scotland) will move fully over to Compass
Please note administrative, secretary, training, Commissioner roles will start using Compass first as soon as Compass goes live, despite when their County/Area/Region (Scotland) is scheduled, as they will need access to complete tasks required for their role.
Each County/Area/Region (Scotland) has a volunteer managing the process of introducing Compass to that local area (Compass Implementation Champion) and another volunteer to oversee any Compass training requirements for all members in their local area (Compass Training Champion). Find out who the volunteer is leading this work for your area from your County/Area/Region (Scotland).
View list of Compass Implementation Champions
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Visit this page to keep up-to-date with all developments and find out more by reading these frequently asked questions (PDF)
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Poster and leaflet templates are available on the Print Centre to customise and print to help explain and promote the benefits of Compass to members. More materials are in development and Compass Champions have access to additional resources to use in briefings.
Information for parents – youth and parent information require
During 2014 Leaders may ask parents to provide additional information about their child in Scouting to help complete their record on Compass, the new membership system for The Scout Association. Leaders will already have most of the information required by Compass from when your child signed up to Scouts, but Leaders may take this opportunity to refresh or double check those details are still correct.
Compass is a new database being provided nationally to all Scout Leaders as a place to keep all their young people’s information safe and secure, and allow them to link it up to Scout’s progress in badges, awards, programme planning as well as having the latest emergency contact or medical details in one place.
As well as the emergency contact details, medical details and parent contact details we will also ask questions you may see on a National Census like faith, ethnic/cultural background or additional needs. Scouting is an inclusive organisation and as such it is important to understand the diversity of our membership to ensure the programme, activities and delivery of Scouting is appropriate and relevant for all young people, whatever their background or needs. Leaders cannot deliver the best Scouting experience in an inclusive way if we do not know who our members are and their needs.