May 2019 Newsletter from the DC Team

Date: 14th May 2019 Author: Ben Pearson

Hello again from Heather and Ben

Looking across Montpelier Park at the many members – young and old –  participating in our District’s St George’s Day Parade a few weeks ago, we both felt a warm glow of pride in our wonderful District. What a brilliant bunch you all are! More on St George’s Day is included below. In this Newsletter we also get to celebrate the achievements of the young people in our Scout section as we look back on this year’s Totem Camp competition and Training Camp.

District Campsite

Dave F and Pete B have been doing amazing work at the campsite this last month.  The new digger has been working hard and the caving complex is well underway. They are also busy consulting with planning advisers and suppliers for the maintenance shed/workshop that will replace the existing containers and assuming all goes well with planning, we hope this will be completed around September/October.

Leader Promise & Investiture.

Following on from our annual renewal of promises at St George’s Day, I found myself (Heather) think a bit more about when we first make our Scout promise as adults. I  have recently come across a variety of opinions on the appropriate timing of investing a new Leader. If you are a full Member yourself, how soon after you took on your first adult role did you make your promise – did the timing feel about right? It’s certainly an important step – but not one to delay unduly.  Perhaps the point at which a provisional appointment becomes a full appointment might be a good moment to mark in this way? Or what about an earlier point – as soon as a person has got their DBS and been approved by the Appointments Advisory Committee and DC? A new Beaver (or indeed an older new youth member) usually only has to wait for a month or so before they get invested. Perhaps we should aim for something similar for new adult Members?

Current District Vacancies

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Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs)

District Treasurer

District Explorer Scout Commissioner

Network Commissioner

Nights Away Adviser

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St George’s Day Parade. A very big thank you to the overall co-ordinator of this year’s event, Malcolm Turner. And many thanks also to everyone who helped to organise the various aspects of this year’s celebration of scouting in Ealing and Hanwell, and our renewal of promises. The story of St George was engagingly portrayed by a group of cubs from 25th Ealing and narrated by Sam and David, two explorers from Brigantia – featuring a fierce dragon defeated by a St George equipped with a deadly lightsaber. And we had Beavers from 6th Ealing who helped to lead the actions for the song He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands. The Lord Lieutenant got everyone waving their many St G flags – it looked fantastic! Before the parade, and after the celebration, it was great to have a number of extra refreshment stalls in the park – run by 7th Hanwell, 6th Ealing and 25th Ealing, plus the hospitality provided for guests by 1st Ealing North volunteers inside their HQ.  If you have any feedback on this year’s event please email the DC address and we will forward it to the organising team.

Totem Camp 2019

Congratulations to this year’s winners of Totem Camp, 1st Hanwell Panthers.  Congratulations must also go to Karl, Mark and Billy, their section leaders, as young people only win Totem with a lot of training and support from the adult team.

Huge thanks to Stuart Flaye and Ben Douglas for running the show and the 30-40 adults that support and assess the young people across the main and training camp during the weekend.  It’s a fantastic team effort and a real symbol of what Scouting is…young people achieving great things with the support of adults.

Jack Petchey Night

The Jack Petchey Foundation supports young people across London and Essex to achieve their potential.  The Scout Association has been working with them for a number of years and 6 young people were celebrated on Wednesday at the GLMW Celebration Evening.  Congratulations and well done to (from left to right, starting at the top) Alex, Hugo, Emily, Kalil, Christopher and Sam.

Thank you to Stuart Flaye, ADC (Scouts), for representing Ealing & Hanwell at the event.

Cubs Athletics

We held our first cub athletics competition for several years at Perivale Track on Sunday.  Nisha Patel, 25th Ealing, led the event with the support of many other leaders, the sun shone and all enjoyed themselves.  Well done to all the cubs that achieved their Athletics or Athletics Plus badge.

(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

#TellBear – UNDERWAY! Hopefully all Beaver Colonies and Cub Packs now have their package of postcards. As explained in the instructions within each pack, the Beavers and Cubs are being asked to tell Bear Grylls what they enjoy doing most, and to give him some suggestions for ways to make Scouting even better.  The aim is to send over 4,000 postcards to our Chief Scout from GLMW Cubs and Beavers! Beaver and Cub Section Leaders – we hope you will be completing this activity with your young people at some point over the next month, so the completed cards can be passed back to Heather in time for the County deadline in mid-June, no stamps required.

All Action American Adventure at PACCAR 24th-27th May

The All Action American Adventure camp is taking place soon.  As well as being a great event, this is also the opportunity to give a big loud send off to all our jamboree participants heading to the States in July.  Are you going? Please take some photos and share them with us for the next Newsletter.

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.


Huge well done to Nisha, Andrew and the other 25th Ealing leaders that completed the 26 mile Moonwalk on Saturday.  They have currently raised around £1400 towards fighting cancer but it’s not too late to donate..links below.  Thank you to you all.

Yours in Scouting

Heather and Ben

DC team, Ealing & Hanwell


District Diary – please check; there are updates and additions every month

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

May 2019

  • 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 Executive LH – 12th September

  • District AGM @ LH – 25th September

  • Elements Camp @PACCAR (All Sections) – 27th September

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

  • Core Team Meeting @ LH – 16th October

  • GSLs Meeting @ LH – 23rd October

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

  • District Executive @ LH – 31st October

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

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