Get involved in the annual Scout Experience Survey to help us understand how to make Scouts better for young people, and improve our support for all volunteers, young people (Scouts, Explorers, and Network), and parents and carers. The survey is designed for anyone currently involved in Scouts, as well as anyone who may have left in the last 12 months: scouts.org.uk/scoutsurvey2019
Your answers will help the Association to make Scouts better, to prove that they are an organization worth supporting, and to help them make better decisions about how we use their time and money.
The survey will take between 15 and 30 minutes and it may be easier to do on a computer or tablet, rather than a mobile phone. The Association tell us that they will never publish your answers in a way that could identify you personally, so feel free to be honest and open about what you think.
The guide will help you to promote the survey – it includes email templates, a checklist and tips on what to do. As a thank you, everyone taking part will be entered into a draw to win £500 to spend at Scout store or Scout Adventures. The District that secures the most responses will also be entered into a similar draw for £1,000.
Let’s help make things better for our volunteers!
Come and check out what GLN’s 24th World Scout Jamboree Unit has been up to! Click here!
Mountain Experience on teh 1st and 2nd of July 2017 is your chance to get up in the hills of Snowdonia, guided by our Activities ASU instructors! The weekend is based in indoor accommodation in Bethesda withing striking distance of the Snowdonia peaks
If you’re interested in climbing, hillwalking, scrambling, abseiling, improving your ropework or navigation, just fancy a walk or are looking for extra training or assessments, we can provide it all. And if you’re so new to all this that you’re not even sure what you want to do then that’s fine; come along and we’ll help get you started and see where it takes you.
The cost (including food and accommodation) is £45 per person – click here for info and to book.
For more information contact Stuart Harmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the GLN International team in the role of a Contingents and Events Advisor. The role will seeing the successful applicant work closely with leaders, participants and the International service team who are attending a UK Contingent event.
The UK Contingent run 3 main International events. This summer 5,000 participants will attend the World Scout Moot in Iceland, next summer will see 20,000 participants attend Roverway in the Netherlands and 45,000 participants head over to America in 2019 for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
Role Description/Main Responsibilites:
The Contingents and Events Advisor will report to the ACC International will work closely with ACC Communications and the County team.
- Assisting with the Leader and participant selection for the UK Contingent events
- Support the WSJ Unit Leaders and IST
- Resolve issues and provide assistance to the WSJ unit
- Assist the Moot and Roverway participants and IST
- Arranging Introductions
- Providing Fundraising ideas and support
- Working with the ACC Communications
- Supporting County and District International events
As this role includes supporting the WSJ unit some experience with Jamborees or organising large camps is desirable.
If you are interested or would like to discuss this post further please contact me at email@example.com
Assistant County Commissioner International (ACCI)
Young Leader Training Programme
Summer Term 2017
1st & 3rd New Barnet Scout Group Head Quarters
The Scout Hall, Margaret Road, New Barnet EN49RB
Following the fire at the building used for training in October last year I’m very pleased to invite Young
Leaders across GLN to return and get cracking with achieving their Young Leader Belt once again!
This training is run in connection with Young Leader Training in Barnet Borough District but based at
our group HQ in New Barnet and open to any young people working towards their belt across GLN. All
training sessions are free of charge & start at 19:30 until 21:30 unless otherwise stated.
FIRST SESSION: MODULE A, Thursday 27th April
Look out for details of Barnet District Young Leader Training weekend at Frith
Grange December 01, 02 & 03 this year, details will be published after the summer
Other Young Leader Training at Frith and with Barnet Borough District:
Meera Chauhan, District Explorer Leader (Young Leaders)
Download the YL Training Programme Summer 2017
The date for this year’s Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike has been set for Saturday 21st October 2017. This is a week later than in recent previous years and will allow team managers more time to enter their teams. The committee will not disclose the start and finish venue until nearer the date in the interest of fairness. However, the location will be close to a main line railway station to allow teams to use public transport.
There will once again be two routes: a senior route of about 20kms and a junior route of about 15kms.
The online entry database will open on 1st July 2017 and will close on 7th October 2017. Further information about the event can be found at http://www.scouts-gln-southern50.org.uk/
Danemead Campsite, Cock Lane, Hoddesdon
Cubs – £35, Leaders – £15
Friday 12th May – leaders only, set up camp.
Saturday 13th May – 0900 Cubs arrive. Activities all day.
Sunday 14th May – Visit Paradise Wildlife Park, collection from there at times arranged by individual groups
Activities include: Fire Lighting, Cooking, Orienteering, Tent Pitching, First Aid, Trebuchet, Knotting Boards, Tracking.
To book tickets, go to www.gln-scouts.org.uk/BackToBasicsCamp
For more information please contact ACC Ross Paybody firstname.lastname@example.org
Attending a Scouts Speak Up course can lead to all sorts of things – attendees from Greater London North have gone on to spend time with Bear Grylls, meet Graham Norton live on Radio, appear on television, be the host of large events – and even become Deputy UK Youth Commissioner! Even if none of these happen, you’ll still have a great weekend and get a huge boost in self confidence!
Greater London South East Scouts are running a Scouts Speak Up workshop for young people aged 13+ to 17 and have a few places available for Greater London North Scouts.
The Scouts Speak Up (SSU) / Young Spokesperson (YSP) workshop experience is a specially designed course for our young people to offer everything they need to know to achieve the following:
• To enhance the skills and confidence needed to talk about their experiences in Scouting to a wide variety of audiences
• To learn how to plan and carry out campaigns with the media about the Scouting activities they are involved in
• To influence others of the value of what they are doing so that they are able to act as spokespeople for local Scouting – whether this means sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa or speaking to local businesses
• To develop their presenting skills
This training is running from 9am Saturday 25th February to 4pm Sunday 26th February at Wilberforce Scout Campsite, Downe Road, Road, Kent BR2 6AD.
The cost is £15 per head for members of Greater London North Scouts. Accommodation and meals will be provided.
The GLN Youth Commissioner will play an active role as part of the County Team and Executive and will lead the way in ensuring that County decisions and planning are guided and shaped by young people. As County Youth Commissioner you will have a great deal of freedom to make this role your own and will be supported at every stage by the County Team. This is a fantastic opportunity to expand your role and influence in Scouting.
Think you or someone you know is up to the challenge? If your answer is “yes” then please fill out this form and submit it to Abi Collier, Deputy County Commissioner, by 10th February 2017. Nominees must be aged between 18 and 25.
For more information please download the County Youth Commissioner Role Description, feel free to email Abi at email@example.com or check out the information on The Scout Association’s website
A final reminder about our Winter Mountaineering skills weekend in Snowdonia on January 25th – 27th. Places are going fast and details can be found here but if you are not sure what to expect, Asa Kitchener from the Activities ASU has put together this short guide:
The aim of the weekend is to share knowledge and experience of winter hillwalking. We make this as practical as possible, based on the prevailing weather and ground conditions.
The evening session beforehand is very important as this is where we put people into groups based on their aspirations and experience. We then tailor the course content to suit the needs of the groups.
On Saturday we will go out in groups for a day on the hills. Each group will have a different route and program based on the information shared during the evening session mentioned above. Saturday evening is a chance to feedback what we have learned and work on any further skills in the comfort of the hut. We then discuss what we can do on Sunday based on the weather and what we all want to work on. Groups from here on may change to suit you.
Our instructors will ensure that you get a great and informative experience based on your needs and the prevailing conditions. Below are some of the things we can cover.
Equipment for winter hillwalking, what to carry on the hill as an individual and a group leader, environmental issues, winter weather, avalanche awareness, winter navigation, winter movement skills, ice axe and crampon technique, security on steep ground, cold injury prevention and treatment, dealing with water hazards, winter group leadership and how this all fits into the Scout Association rules.
We can work specifically on any of the above, depending on what people want.
Whereas we can guarantee you a fun, friendly learning experience, we can’t guarantee the weather. In the event of there being no snow and pouring rain, we’ll do our best!
For more information contact Stuart Harmer:
23 Mandeville Road, Enfield, Middx. EN3 6SN Tel No 01992 712 665