DC’s blog – 29 October 2017

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We really hope that you’re finding short fortnightly updates from us a helpful way to stay in touch with some of what’s going on across the District.  If there are specific things you’d like us to cover, please do let us know.

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Steve Ball, Ian MacKenzie
District Commissioners, Wiltshire North

In this edition:

  1. New programme checkers
  2. First aid training
  3. World Scout Jamboree selection
  4. Sailing trip summer 2018
  5. Nights away rules and processes
  6. District recruitment
  7. Assistant County Commissioner, Explorer Scouts
  8. Calling musicians
  9. DC training and development
  10. What’s been going on?

New quality programme checkers

Some leaders will recall programme checkers, previously published by the Scout Association.  These were a really useful way for section and group leadership teams to reflect on the programme they run to identify relative strengths and weaknesses.  In no way were they ever intended for anyone else to ‘check up’ on a section or Group.

The Scout Association has published new versions of these recently and they’re definitely worth a look.  Even the most successful sections and groups can benefit from taking stock and thinking about what they do well at and what they could improve.  The checkers provide simple prompts for self-assessment and can in turn lead onto planning for the the future.

First aid training

I’m sure we all recognise the importance of leaders being able to deal with a first aid emergency effectively.  Luckily, these sort of incidents don’t happen often, but when they do it’s really important that there are leaders on-hand who’ve had the right training.  Equally important is to keep that first aid knowledge up to date and remind ourselves of what to do.

There are a number of first aid courses available in the coming weeks and months.  For a list of those that are available, please refer to the relevant page on the district website.

World Scout Jamboree Selection

The next (and 24th) World Scout Jamboree will take place in North America in the summer of 2019.  Scouts and Explorers who have applied for a place have now completed a county-run selection weekend and been advised of the results.

The competition for places was really intense, so it’s great that the following 4 young people from across the district have successfully earned their place in the Contingent.

Name Group / Unit
Oliver Bouchard 3rd Chippenham
Gwilym George Endeavour ESU
Samuel Langham 1st Malmesbury
Elspeth MacKenzie Jaggards ESU

Sailing trip summer 2018

A final reminder that the closing date for applications for next summer’s yacht sailing trip is on Tuesday night.  Places are filling up fast, but some remain.  Full details here.

Nights away rules and processes

We hope you won’t mind a short reminder about a couple of the rules and processes involved in running a nights away event.  Nothing has changed – these rules aren’t new – but it appears not everyone is aware.

  • All adults staying overnight on any event must have current, valid DBS (disclosure) through Scouts
  • Every event must be led by an adult with a current Nights Away Permit, unless a Passport has been issued for a young-person led event
  • The permit holder must notify the DCs of the event at least a week before it takes place.  This can be done by emailing the traditional form to dc@wiltshirenorthscouts.org.uk or by using this online NAN form.

District recruitment

There is some good news in a couple of areas of recruitment and some roles still to fill.

  • Matt Mullins has agreed to step into the role of ADC Scouts, which is great.  We will meet with Matt over the next couple of weeks to discuss the role and start to make some plans
  • Carron Waterhouse has agreed to take on a role as District Nights Away Adviser, in addition to Steve Ball and Del Hall.  We hope that this will make it even easier for leaders across the district to apply for and renew nights away permits.
  • We want to hear about anyone who’d be interested in taking on any of the following roles:  GSL at 10th Chippenham;  GSL at 1st Neston and Box;  ADC Cubs;  District Youth Commissioner.  If you can think of anyone, please let us know.

Assistant County Commissioner, Explorer Scouts

The Wiltshire county team is looking for someone who would be interested in taking on the role of ACC Explorers.  If you can think of anyone, please let us know.

Calling musicians

Applications are now invited for next summer’s National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra (NSCGSO) residential course.  Full details of the orchestra and course can be found on the application website.  If you have musically-talented young people in your sections, please make them aware of this opportunity.

DC training and development

We’re starting to get into the flow of our new role as DCs now, but there is a lot to learn and get to grips with.  The Scout Association is providing us with quite a lot of support, which we’re embracing enthusiastically:

  • Online introduction to the role
  • One-to-one induction and support from the Regional Support Team
  • Safeguarding briefing in Southampton, which Ian attended
  • DC’s support day at BP House in London next weekend
  • Skills of management residential course at the end of November

What’s been going on?

A short summary of just some of the events going on around the District.  I you have anything you’d like us to mention, let us know.

  • Boomerang “sleep”-over for Cubs last Friday night
  • JOTA / JOTI event at Heywood School, Corsham last Saturday
  • Lyneham Scouts at Woodhouse Park