1st Samford Valley Scout Group

Scout Introduction
• There should always be two adults at a meeting – at least one of them a leader.
• Away from usual meeting place, you must have a ratio of 1 adult per 12 scouts. Young Leaders do not affect ratios.
• Scouts are meant to get the opportunity to camp once a year.
• Permits are required for running adventurous activities and camps.
• The programme should have some variety: outdoors, skills, some community work, plenty of games, some crafts, some more serious stuff about world and environmental issues, a look at religions.
• The programme is structured around badges – challenge badges (if a scout gets all of these plus 6 activity badges they earn a Chief Scout’s Award) and activity badges (some of these are unique to the section, some are staged and can be done by any age group).
• We are now encouraged to practise ‘Youth Shaped’ scouting – getting scouts as involved with planning and running activities as we can.
• We hope to do more water-based activities, David and Brad have their permits. It might be possible to use District kayaks.
• Hallowtree offers climbing wall/abseiling/crate stacking, air rifles, archery. These can be booked with John, the Hallowtree warden: hallowtree@talk21.com. If we give him enough time, he will be able to find scout instructors for those activities that need them.
• The County puts on:
o Annual Wet Weekend – first weekend in July, green field camping at Ramsholt with introductions to various water sports on the Deben
o Annual Thorpeness Meare Day – a Saturday in September, messing about in rowing boats in very shallow water – more suitable for younger scouts
o Moot – run every four years – 3-day camp at the old RAF Bentwaters, near Woodbridge – next camp is 2021. If Steve, the ACC scouts is involved in the planning, it will be very good.
o Suffolk Scouts County Summer Camp – Run by Steve Dodd (ACC), so very good.
o Suffolk Scouts Autumn Camp – Steve Dodd is responsible, so will be good. No info yet.
o CMAT (County Mountain Activities Team) also have a regular calendar of activities. Typically:
 April – weekend climbing and abseiling at Stanage Edge
 June – weekend hill walking and lightweight camping, Dartmoor
 September – another weekend of climbing and abseiling (also Stanage Edge)
 January – off road biking, Thetford
 February – leader training, Peak District
 March – leader training, Lake District

o And further afield:
Essex International Jamboree (every 4 years).
Essex County Scout Caving Team has said we can send scouts to their activities.
Next trip is June (they also do one in October)
o Winter Camp – at Gilwell every January. Good, usually wet and muddy.
o Norjam – jamboree in Norfolk, next one is 2018
o Camjam – jamboree in Cambridgeshire, next one is 2019
o Haarlem Jamborette – 10-day jamboree in the Netherlands, next one is 2019. We’ve expressed an interest in going then (it is very popular, so this is how to get a place) but are not committed.
Online Scout Manager
• Software we use for group admin
• Best learnt by clicking around on it
• Organised by terms
o Type up programme and add in badge links for what is covered each meeting
o do register for that meeting – badge records then automatically updated
o other leaders have uploaded useful ideas for activities, many of which tally with badges
o can also organise parents’ rota
o and admin for camps etc
o and subs
Useful links
Programme ideas:
• https://www.escouts.org.uk/
• Scouting Magazine (you will be sent this once you are a member)
• POL (Programmes Online): https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/ (currently not working and suggestions often a bit tame)
• Scout Association blog sometimes has good ideas: http://scouts.org.uk/news/
• Facebook page (1st Samford Valley)
• Look back at old programmes on OSM (change the term selected)
• Look in dropbox for bits and pieces
• Training at Hallowtree
• Ask other leaders whenever you meet them – can get some very good ideas this way
• Policy, Organisation and Rules: https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=480
• Activities (factsheets telling you, among other things, which permits are required for each activity): https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=26,407,351
• Wolsey Scouts: https://www.wolseyscouts.org.uk/
• Suffolk Scouts: https://suffolkscouts.org.uk/
• Our website: http://samfordvalley.suffolkscouts.org.uk/