July 2013 Newsletter


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July 2013 Newsletter


July 2013


The weather seems to have changed for the better so our expectations for our coming camps are high. Good luck to all, safe journeys, have a great time, achieve all you set out to do and maybe we can have reports from all our camps in the next three newsletters.

Congratulations to Trevor Rodriguez, ASL of 16th Ealing, who has been selected to lead the greater London Middlesex West contingent to the Japan Jamboree and to Lee Randall, DCSL, who will be his deputy. A feather in our caps at Ealing & Hanwell.  We wish them well and to the aspiring applicants from E & H who will hope to accompany them.



Wow, beginning of July already, how time flies.  I’m guessing that a lot of you are looking forward to a nice long summer break and hopefully some quality family time.

Then there are others who are gearing up for your summer camps.  As you know the District is sending a contingent of nearly 80 to the county Kandersteg expedition.  Being intimately involved in this I know how much work goes into all camps so well done to you all who are organising these popular events.

Should you want to do a summer or even a weekend away and don’t feel confident or lack resources then speak to us.  You could always join up with another group and share resources.

It is also the AGM season and I’ve attended 2 already and Steve Douglas 1.  Were always happy to attend these events if we can so please let us know when and where you’ll be holding yours.

Which brings me to the subject of governance; there are certain things that all groups need to do to fulfil their governance obligations under The Scout Association’s rules.

  • Each group should have an AGM and submit a copy of their annual report to the district; normally we pick one up at the meeting.
  • Each group should submit their annual accounts to the district treasurer.
  • Each group with individual charity status should file their annual accounts with the charity commission. You also need to let Steve know who your group executive officers are when they change and get them to do a DBS (CRB).

It really is quite simple but failure to do this can have quite severe consequences, so please help me out this year and let’s get a full set.

Have a great summer whatever you’re doing and be safe.



June is a quiet month for District events as the Scouts are still recovering from Totem, the Cubs are preparing for Camporee and the Explorers are completing their route cards for the GLMW Expedition Training.



Positions Vacant


We have a fantastic team of leaders in the District but, like most sections, we could do with a couple more to help us move the section forward and take some pressure off the existing team.  Our vacancies are:

  • Explorer Scout Leader (YL) and this truly can be a Scouting appointment that meets the ‘2 hours a week’ tag.  Your role will be to manage the training and support of young leaders within the District by giving them direct training in the Young Leader Training Scheme and by supporting them in their section (Beavers, Cubs or Scouts).  The time commitment is very flexible but the expectation is that you would run a formal training session every 4-6 weeks and spend some time during the week visiting the young leaders in their section; this could be any night of the week but not every week and there is normally not an expectation of weekends.  You will report to the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC).
  • Assistant Explorer Scout Leader/s and this is a little closer to the ‘2 hours a week’ but not really.  We have a team of leaders that cover the Monday and Wednesday meetings of Brigantia, the District unit, but due to the work commitments of the existing team we are a little thin on the ground some weeks and we need 1-2 leaders that would normally be available every week.  There would be an expectation of some weekends for camps and other activities.  You will report to the Explorer Scout Leader.


We do not currently have a DESC but I am Acting DESC so please get in touch with me if you have an interest in either of these or know anyone that might be.  I cannot promise a big financial package and a quiet life but I can promise you fun, adventure, friendship and the opportunity to help develop a 14 year old child into a Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Gold holding adult.  My email address is b.pearson@brigantiaesu.org.uk and my phone number is 07967 059703.

Ben Pearson

Acting District Explorer Scout Commissioner




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Executive Committees & AGMs

Now we are in the AGM season, please remember that all committee members need to complete either the blue AA form or the pink CR form and tick the Trustee box, so the whole committee is CRB’d and registered.  If the Chair, Secretary or Treasurer change at the AGM then they will need to complete an AA or CR form too.  Note: Group Chairmen, Secretaries, Treasurers and other Group trustees are not required to be Associate Members but are encouraged to become Members or Associate Members. (POR 3.1)  Members and Associate Members can wear uniform and are required to pay the Headquarters Membership Subscription annually. The green OH form does not have the tick box for Trustees so cannot be used for Executive Committee members.

 Stuart Hogge, County Training Manager stuart.hogge@btinternet.com

First Aid Badges

It should be noted that a First Response course does not qualify you to wear a first aid badge on scout uniform. The badge is for recognised first aid qualifications only, where the training has been over at least two days or 16 hours in duration and been formally assessed.  For further information please see the factsheet  –  Full First Aid Certificate: Definition and the Wearing of Badges (FS120052)

Stuart Hogge, County Training Manager stuart.hogge@btinternet.com

Executive Committee Volunteer Matching Service

Are you looking for someone with financial or business expertise to fill a role on your District or Group Executive Committee, or perhaps someone to check and sign off your annual accounts?

On 4th June, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA) launched a free volunteer matching service, allowing charities to advertise volunteering roles to skilled professionals. It could prove to be just what your Executive Committee needs.

David Carlen, County Treasurer beads.carlen@tiscali.co.uk

Skycamp Challenge 2013

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