Derbyshire Scouts News
County Newsletter, May 2022
I hope whatever you were doing over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend you had a fabulous time.
We were delighted to see that Helen Crampton has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Helen is Head of Safety and Risk Management for Derbyshire Fire Service but is the safety advisor for Derbyshire Scouts and also a member of the national safety committee.
Helen has had a major influence in the way that we manage safety in the county, delivers training about risk assessment and is always on hand to support leaders and executive committees with risk and safety.
Over 900 Scouts and Guides enjoyed Spring Bank Camp at Drum Hill and despite the wet ending everyone had a fabulous time, met new friends and learnt new skills. They even had their own jubilee beacon. I was delighted to present six Scouts from Etwall Scouts with their Chief Scout Gold Awards so well done to all of them. Spring Bank Camp is a massive undertaking for the site team and leaders who take their groups, so thank you to them all. I also heard several comments about how the 40 strong team of Explorer Scouts did an amazing job helping out with the activities. There are lots of volunteers who make Spring Bank happen so thank you, and we are already looking forward to next year.
In early May six members of Derbyshire Scouts attended Basecamp 2022. This was a conference for Scouts from across the UK to start to talk about the changes that will be happening in the next couple of years, mainly to the way we welcome and support volunteers but also using digital tools more effectively to save volunteer time. The main surprise was that after years of trying to come to an agreement with Online Scout Manager (OSM) the Scouts are now looking for an alternative to OSM. We don’t have much information yet, so please continue to use OSM and the County will continue to pay for it until we have more information.
One of the speakers, Ahmad Alhendawi, the Secretary-General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) said that as leaders and supporters in Scouts we must realise that we are not curators of a museum but have a duty to make sure that the Scouts continues to evolve to meet the needs of today’s young people. Scouting has always been a movement and it must continue to move, words we will need to remember as we implement some of the national changes and look locally at what happens to our very own Peak camp.
We were also joined at dinner by Deputy UK Chief Commissioner, CJ Ledger and it appears that you cannot give Scouts a marshmallow without them wanting to toast it.
We will be sharing more about the changes as and when more information becomes available.
For the July Newsletter - How did you celebrate the Platinum Jubilee?
For July's newsletter, we would love to hear stories about how you and your group celebrated the Platinum Jubilee. Please send your stories and photos to email@example.com with the subject "July 2022 Newsletter" by 30th June.
District Commissioner - Ilkeston
District Commissioner - Derby East
ACC (Beaver Scouts)
ACC (Scout Network)
LTM (Derby South)
LTM (High Peak)
Administrator - Archaeology SASU
SASU Members - Various SASUs
Assessors - Various Activities
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Application Packs are available from the County Website
Scouting Skills competition for the Derby Area Districts, held at Drum Hill Scout Camp on Date: 19th June 2022. Please contact Kiron Griffin or your ADC Scouts for booking information..
Back by popular demand, Border Hike will be running from Gradback Scout Camp again 23rd - 25th September 2022..
Competition open to all scout troops across the couny, hosted at Drum Hill Scout Camp on 25th September 2022. Bookings open 15th May 2022..
Kinder Walk will be running again this year, 9th October. If your group needs training, there are opportunities available, details online. Bookings Open: 1st June 2022
Recruitment of New SASU Members
Well, following last month's message that we were short of SASU Members for some key activity areas, we have had an amazing response from people signing up to help out... but we are still short in a few key areas. If you know anyone (already a member of Scouting or not), please encourage them to contact me if they are able to help run sessions or assess people for permits... this really does help us deliver an amazing programme to our young people each year.
The key areas we're short of SASU Members in are:
And we need assessors for the following:
If you are interested in joining any of our SASUs (but in particular one of those listed above), or have relevant and current NGB Qualifications and are willing to become a county assessor, then please get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are planning to attend or visit Activation, you need to be booked on in advance, so please get in touch.
If you have any free time from 8th – 10th July and would like to come along we have several roles available on-site including Safety, Creative, Catering, walking youngsters to activities and general on-site help. Please get in touch if you’d like to come – it is a great weekend and catering is available.
Debbie Steeples – Event Organiser – email@example.com
As always, if anyone has any questions about the activities provisions within the county, please drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or contact the respective SASU or activity team directly (contact details are all on the county website).
It was great to hear that six members of the Scout Network, from different parts of Derbyshire, took part in a successful Practice Expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award at the beginning of May. The team are pictured below and as you can see, we have reduced the minimum age for our Expedition Supervisors.
We wish the team every success when they come together again for the assessed expedition.
It was great to be invited to present the trophies at “The Big Shoot” on 21st and 22nd May. I would like to thank all those who gave their time to make this the very successful event that it is. How about you challenge yourself to enter next year, there were some spaces so the opportunity to try something new is there so look out for details on the County Website.
Feedback from ADC Beaver Scouts Meeting (18th May)
The meeting for ADC Beaver Scouts on 18th May has resulted in the request for the following activities to be added to the Beaver Scout Calendar in Derbyshire.
- Beaver Bonanza, which has been booked at Drum Hill for Saturday 8th July 2023
- A County Lego Building competition which is being organised for the Winter period at the end of 2022 and early into 2023.
More details for each activity will be available nearer the time.
Feedback from District Scout Network Commissioners' Meeting (26th May)
The meeting of the District Scout Network Commissioners on 26th May has led to a number of potential things to support these key members of Scouts including a support structure so that members of the Scout Network can communicate with others. Linking into National, International and cross County events. The team have also been asked if they would like an annual event in order to bring all Derbyshire Scout Network Members together.
We now have the “Squirrels Roadshow” set up and due to take place on Saturday 18th June in the Bemrose Centre at Drum Hill. The times are 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. For DCs, GSLs, and any other adult in Scouts that has an interest in finding out more about our newest section this is not to be missed. Bookings to attend should be made through e-mail to Jackie Harding (email@example.com) or Rachael Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org). Come and hear from those who already have experience with successfully establishing and developing the Squirrel Scout Section.
Before then end of June we will be holding our first Assistant County Commissioner Section Meeting. If you would like to contribute anything then please get in touch, email@example.com or 07795347299.
I'm thrilled to be able to announce yet another appointment to the team - Jeanette Kent (Cub Scout Leader formerly from Derby East, now Ripley and Heanor District and former County Media Manager) has agreed to take on the role of Photography Team Leader. Jeanette is an experienced photographer, and has covered many county events. Our plan is to recruit a team of photographers from across the county (preferrably a few people in each district) so that coverage of county and district events (for both advertising the events in the future, but also showing off via social media and other channels how active Scouting in Derbyshire is) becomes much easier.
The County Communications Consultation is now finished - thanks very much to the those who filled it in. The responses are very interesting. I am still processing the data from this, and will be talking with Sue and other members of the Senior Leadership Team. I will publish our proposals and recommendations in the coming weeks.
I am still looking for someone to take on the role of Newsletter Editor, so if anyone has an interest, please do get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If anyone has anything they would like to share with me and my team, please feel free to email us.
We were pleased to see the return of the High Peak District’s Wallaboree!
For those of you that don’t know, a ‘Wallaboree’ is the name for the activity packed District Camp, which is held every two years at Gradbach Scout Camp. The name Wallaboree comes from the words ‘Wallaby’, after the colony of Wallabies which live in the wild near Gradbach and ‘Jamboree’, the Scouting word for a large camp or gathering. The theme of the camp was “Our World“ and there was a badge designed specially for the occasion.
‘Wallaboree’ is a camp packed with exciting activities and is open to Explorers, Scouts and Cubs who camp overnight. Beavers were invited to visit for the day on the Saturday.
There were lots of activities including Climbing Wall, Low Ropes, Circus Skills, Cave System, Assault Course, Mountain Bikes, Exotic animals show, Rock Climbing, Crate stacking, Bushcraft, Inflatables, Black Hole, Crafts tent, Graffiti Wall, Quiet Zone, Feely boxes, Grass sledging, Mountain Boards, Nature Trail, Slack Lining, Big Games, Monkey Bridge, Pioneering, Pop Bottle rockets, Pioneering etc. Many of the activities were provided by the Derbyshire Scouts Active Support Units.
Scout volunteers are not expected to be mental health experts! However, we know many of you would like to know more about supporting mental health so we are running a number of Youth Mental Health First Aid courses across the county over the next year.
We hope that those trained will support other adults in their groups and districts as well as feeling more confident to support young people. These are open to all but we particularly welcome Scout and Explorer leaders/volunteers and those providing wider district support.
The Course is available 16th / 17th July @ Buxton Fire Station or 17th / 18th September at Ascot Drive Fire Station (Derby). Bookings are being taken via the County Website from the Training Section.
The courses are free to attend and lunch and refreshments are included.
- Two-day face to face course across four manageable sessions
- Each session is built around a Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan
- Learning takes place through a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities
- We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn
This two-day course, delivered by the Grey Dog Trust, qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you:
- An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
- Ability to support a young person with a long-term mental health issue or disability to thrive
- Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
For more information, please contact me (email@example.com)
Following on from an injury reported on a scout premises in Derbyshire, here are a few reminders:
- if you haven't completed an audit of your premises yet, or reviewed it recently, don't forget it's a useful tool: https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/staying-safe-and-safeguarding/safety/managing-a-safe-scout-premises/safe-scouting-premises-audit/
- Check your fire doors - how quickly do they shut? Could someone get trapped? And whilst you are checking, are there any finger traps around door hinges?
- Don't forget that anyone can report an injury to scout HQ. It doesn't have to be a GSL or DC. Make sure all leaders and volunteers helping have access to the Purple card with the details of how and when to report. https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/staying-safe-and-safeguarding/safe-scouting-cards/safe-scouting-and-emergency-procedures/
If anyone needs any help with any of the above, or has any safety questions or concerns, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
County Safety Advisor