April 2019 Newsletter from the DC Team

Date: 16th Apr 2019 Author: Ben Pearson

April 2019 Newsletter from the DC Team

Hello again from Ben and Heather

April’s Newsletter falls during the Easter holidays so we are keeping it briefer than normal as we hope most of you are having a break from your regular Scouting duties.  As experienced leaders, we are more than aware that often the holidays are just an opportunity to catch up on the tasks we didn’t quite find time to do during the term.

District Campsite – User Survey (sent to GSLs)

In order to improve the facilities for all users of the campsite, it would be useful to get some feedback from all Groups/Units on what use you make of the campsite and what activities you use and any other activities/ facilities you would like to see and use on site. Dave Folkerd -ADC Campsite – will be distributing a survey via the Group Scout Leaders so please pass your feedback on when asked.  The campsite is your resource so please be honest and constructive.

The DC Team are still hoping to find a new third person, in view of Simon’s departure. Heather and Ben are ok as a duo (for now) ….but they’d much prefer to be part of a trio again!! As mentioned previously, please contact the DC Team on dc@ealingandhanwellscouts.org.uk or Richard Williams, County Commissioner (and DCs manager), on richardwilliams@glmwscouts.org.uk if you are interested, have an idea for someone else who might be, or would just like to find out a bit more..

Nights Away Advisers – Seeking experienced Nights Away Permit holders, interested in becoming additional Nights Away Advisers for our District. Our current NAA, Steve Douglas is continuing in this role, but we would like to find a few more to work alongside Steve and learn the ropes, particularly with regard to technical competence assessments. There is a specific training module 25N – Assessing Learning, Nights Away version (no date for next course as yet available however).  Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer Leaders are all welcome to apply.

Other Vacancies

We are still desperately seeking someone to step forward as our new District Treasurer.  Sheila has been doing an amazing in holding the fort since retiring due to ill health but we need your help in filling this slot.

We are also still recruiting for an ADC Cubs.  Although Grow Your Group has been paused there are still plenty of vacancies at a District level and in many groups.

News from around the District

Send us your news! Share your achievements and your good ideas

District Beaver Sleepover at SAC – With thanks to Mandy for this report and photos

Nearly 100 Beavers from across Ealing & Hanwell enjoyed a magical sleepover  in March.

We made magic wands, mixed magic potions, experienced illusions and learned tricks. Beavers also made their own Pizza, sang around a campfire and enjoyed the new adventure course at SAC.

Huge thanks to the Leaders who made it all possible.

(Mandy Combes DBSL)

Leaders gaining skills  Well done to the leaders from our District who took up various training opportunities last month. Several got their First Aid refresher under their belt. Two took part in the Pioneering Course at Greenford’s SAC and we also had 5 leaders (from 6E, 16E, 25E and 5H) on the recent Hillwalking/Map Skills course run by Richard and other County hillwalking team members.

Camps abounding – Lots of Totem practice camps. Also some great sounding Cub camps, and mixed/Group camps too (16E Cubs Bushcraft….. 6E Camp at Willow Tree centre….)

(If your section or Group’s fun activities haven’t been included this month, please do let us know about them for next time!)

Looking Ahead

Hope to see you lots of you at our District St George’s Day Parade on Sunday 28th April.  Also – for your selected flag bearers –  1 Beaver, 1 Cub & 1 Scout per group (plus the District colour party) –   there will be a Colour rehearsal on Friday 26th April 6.30pm.

#TellBear  A quick update on this fun GLMW project. The aim is to send over 4,000 postcards to Bear Grylls from Cub and Beaver Scouts across our whole County! Our District’s supply of postcards, and instructions for Leaders on how to take part, have just arrived with Heather, and we aim to distribute them to all our Beaver Colonies/Cub Packs as soon as we can after the Easter holidays..The idea is for the postcards to be completed any time between 28th April and early June, and then returned via a central District coordinator (probably Heather again) – so no stamps required!

County Inclusion Day – 11th May Still spaces left on this inclusion workshop. Whether you’re a Leader, GSL or helper come along! So if you’re free on 11th May sign up by emailing Alison. alison.oakley@glmwscouts.org.uk

District Cubs Athletics event – 12th May, 2pm (£3 per child) Details have already gone to all Cub Leaders by email, and there’s a flier on the E&H Scouters facebook group. Many thanks to Nisha and the other organisers for arranging this great opportunity for Cubs to earn their Athletics badge. Activities will include Javelin, Shotput, Long Jump, Sargant Jump and Sprint (and there’ll be a tuck shop). Good luck everyone!

NEW! First Response 18th May at Leighton Hall  Places on the Leighton Hall first response course (May 18th) are filling fast. Remember an up to date first response is mandatory and the certificate ony lasts 3 years. Contact Jenny Foxwell asap if interested in booking a place. And if you can’t attend on 18th please contact Jenny about any of the following GLMW ones –  there are courses around the county on May 4th/11th/13th and 14th evenings/18th and June 9th.

Moonwalk Some of the leaders of 25th Ealing are going to be taking part in a 15 mile walk in May to help raise money for Breast Cancer. Here’s Nisha to explain further: “Some of the Beavers leaders and Georgie and I, are going to be ditching our Scout uniform and swapping it for a colourful bra ( even our only male – Andrew) to take part in a 15 mile walk for Breast Cancer.” If you feel you are able to sponsor this effort, the 25th Ealing team would be most grateful…the links are below.



Westminster Scout Mile – 26th May  This may be of interest to some members & their families ( those not doing the American Camp on that day of course!) – please pass on if you have keen runners in your Group; it would seem that independent registration by interested families (so they supervise their own youngsters) would be the better bet.


Camporee – 28th July-2nd August. Just a quick reminder that the deadline for applications is 2nd May. Six places for Cubs per Group are on offer. Final paperwork has already been circulated to Groups.

Yours in Scouting

Heather and Ben

DC team, Ealing & Hanwell



District Diary

Key dates Please get in touch with us to add any further dates to the District Diary

April 2019

  • District Executive Committee Meeting – 24th April @LH

  • Colour Rehearsal for St George’s Parade – Fri 26th April 6.30pm

  • St George’s Day Parade 28th April (pm) @ Montpelier Park  (organiser: Malcolm Turner)

May 2019

  • Totem Camp (Scouts) 4th/5th May @ Walter Davies

  • Jack Petchey evening celebration – 8th May

  • District Cub event – Athletics – Sunday 12th May @Perivale Track

  • Scouting for all – Inclusion Workshop – 11th May @ 6th Eastcote Scout Hut (book via GLMW)

  • District Beaver Leaders Meeting – Mon 13th May, 8pm, @ Duke of Kent

  • GLMW Training – Mod 5 (Fundamentals) – Tues 14th May, 7-9.30pm @ Willesden HQ (Neasden)

  • District Core Team – 15th May @LH

  • Managers’ training: The Skills of Management – 18th/19th May @PACCAR

  • Young Leader Training – 19th May @LH

  • GSLs Meeting – 22nd May @LH

  • GLMW’s All American Adventure (all sections)  24th May- 27th May @PACCAR

June 2019

  • Gilwell Fun Days (Cubs & Beavers) – 8th & 9th June

  • GLMW Training – Mod 8 (Skills of Leadership)  – 11th June, Willesden HQ (Neasden)

  • GLMW Training – Mod 38 ( Skills for Residential) – 15/16 June @ PACCAR

  • District Paintballing Competition (Scouts) 20th June – TBC

July & August 2019

  • Young Leader Training – 6th July @ LH

  • GLMW Training – Mod 37 (Advising on Adult Appts ) 7th July  9am-12:30 @ PACCAR

  • GLMW Training – Mod 1E (Essential Info for Exec member) 7th July 1pm-5pm @ PACCAR

  • GLMW Training – Mod 9 (Working with Adults) 9th July 7-9.30pm Willesden HQ (Neasden)

  • District Scout Leaders meeting – date TBC

  • Camporee (District Cub Camp) – 28th July- 2nd August

  • World Scout Jamboree, Scout Mondial, North America 22nd July – 2nd August

  • Blow your socks off @ PACCAR – 10-17th August

  • Leaders’ Reboot @ PACCAR – 31st Aug – 1st Sept

September 2019

  • Gilwell Reunion 2019 (100th Anniversary) – 6th-8th September

  • District AGM @ LH – 25th September

  • Elements Camp @PACCAR (All Sections) – dates tbc

October 2019

  • GLMW Training 8th Oct 7-9.30pm  (Mod 11 – Admin) @ Willesden HQ (Neasden

  • GLMW Training 12th Oct (Mod 5, 6, 11 & 12a – Our Organisation) @PACCAR

  • GLMW Training 13th Oct (Mod 7,8,9 – Working with Adults) @PACCAR

  • GLMW Training 27th Oct (Mods 16,17 – Intro to Residential @5th Hayes HQ

November 2019

  • Safety & Safeguarding (Separate Courses) – Saturday 2nd November@LH

  • GLWW Training 12th Nov 7-9.30pm (Mod 12A – Quality Programme) Venue tbc

  • GLMW Training  Nov 16th (Mod 14,15,18)   @ PACCAR

  • GLMW Training Nov 17th (Mod 12B, 13, 19) @ PACCAR

  • GLMW Training (Manager Training 1; Manager Training 2) Nov 23/24th  @ PACCAR


  • Ski Trip to Folgaria Italy (Scouts & Explorers) 15-23 February

  • WINGS – 25th July – 1st August, Windsor Great Park

  • Eurojam – 26th July-6th August, Poland

Contact Jenny Foxwell to book onto any District or GLMW training courses je.foxwell@ealingandhanwellscouts.org.uk

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls