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NOW NEEDING YOUR HELP !….

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The 9th Leicester Scout Group – May 2021

What we do very well

  • A Scout Group that has offered continuous Scouting through 2 World Wars and a World Pandemic.
  • A Scout Group that owns its own purpose-built brick building.
  • A Scout Group that has all 3 sections of the Movement:

and

Two District Explorer Units

(one which provides access to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme)

That is young people from the age of 6 to 18

Scouting at 58 Stoughton Road

  • A Scout Group that rents to a local Playgroup during term time from Monday to Friday, ensuring the building is being made full use of.
  • A Scout Group whose finances enable it to keep their property in good order, not needing to fund raise to do so.
  • A Scout Group where children still wish to join, and have done so even through the Pandemic.
  • A Scout Group that offers fun, friends, adventure and activities including camping, outings and the opportunity to gain top Scouting awards.
  • A Scout Group with plans to run a Group Activity Day at Ullesthrope Campsite and another at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in August.

A GREAT SCOUT GROUP TO BELONG TO YOU WOULD THINK !

Sadly – what it doesn’t have is VOLUNTEER LEADERS.

Possibly YOU.

Over the last 14 months or so, we have managed to keep going on Zoom, but inevitably leaders’ circumstances have changed and for various reasons will no longer be able to be part of our great team.  An outsider might be forgiven for thinking that we have plenty of leaders – but what we don’t have is young, energetic, volunteers able to be part of a regular meeting.

We have now reached an impossible situation where Sections will no longer be able to commit to regular meetings – starting with the BEAVER COLONY – which at the end of this term will have to close: – unless new leaders are found.

Beaver Colonies in the District are all full, this being a very popular start to Scouting.

The Colony will be down to one fully trained leader – to run a Section there needs to be two warranted leaders and ideally a third to ensure we can offer places to new Beavers.

The Cub Pack also will need more volunteers: The pack has:

  • 1 experienced leader – should have retired years ago also doubling up as Group Scout Leader, and wanting to have more of an advisory role to the Pack.
  • 1 fully trained warranted leader whose job commitments have now changed and is at present working abroad for most of the week.
  • 1 fully trained warranted leader who works shifts so unable to commit to every week.
  • 1 warranted leader presently training, but has a new job and other commitments

        So – that leaves just 1 regular leader

The Scout Troop:  In a similar situation to the Cub Pack:

  • 1 experienced leader – wanting to have more of an advisory role
  • 1 Section Assistant – a most valued member of the troop whose role is mostly admin.
  • 1 leader presently finding it difficult to complete training due to job commitments.
  • 1 leader presently doing training but will be off to university in September.
  • The support of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Unit leader.

So – Volunteers needed at all levels to be able to run what should be a great place to have fun and adventure – for adults and well as our young members……..

A role within any of the sections could be undertaken as:

  • An Occasional Helper:  usually someone who as the name suggests helps out on a particular occasion, such as a parent rota, an outing, a camp etc.  The Beaver Colony and the Cub Pack will be instigating a parent rota shortly.  This role would be covered by insurance and need a DBS. Aged 18+
  • A Section Assistant:  a full member of the team, insured, needing a DBS and minimal online training.  Can be uniformed or not. Age 18+
  • A Warranted Leader:  insured and DBS required plus training.  Training is free with some being available on line, uniform also supplied.  A Training Advisor is allocated to each leader undertaking training. Age 18+

At the beginning of this missive, I listed all the things that are great about the 9th Leicester Scout Group.  Theses are all still relevant – all we need is YOU or someone like you, willing to give back to the community, join our friendly team, have fun, learn and experience new adventures. 

What are you waiting for?

Please contact me using the details below

Kay Newland

Group scout Leader

e.newland@btinternet.com  01455 286785 

                                                     0755 235 163

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    Corona Virus Updates

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    Informational Update

    15:00 4/11/20

    Members in England

    Following the announcement of a four-week lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November, the National Youth Agency (NYA) has now issued guidance about what this means for all youth sector activity. From 5 November Scouts and all other youth activities will move to Red readiness level. This decision by the Government means that there can be no face-to-face activity with young people or adult volunteers. Only online meetings can be delivered until further notice. We expect these restrictions to last until 2 December, when the lockdown is currently scheduled to end in England.

    We are where possible running are running on-line meetings via Zoom or Teams.

    Please contact one of the leaders to find out whats available.

    General Stuff

    May 2020 – While the scout hut is not being used we took the opportunity to decorate it – thanks Steve for your hard work

    Links to Activities

    https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

    Emails received for HQ

    Grant

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    On Saturday 22 June 2019 Pauline Burton and Sandra Chick attended the Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons’ function to be awarded a grant of £1500.

    https://www.pglleics.org.uk/website/news3/item/1602-leicestershire-rutland-freemasons-present-28-510-to-local-charities-and-good-causes

    Freemasons’ Hall Leicester hosted a wide range of charities and good causes from all over Leicestershire and Rutland, as £28,510 was presented by the Freemasons’ to benefit the local community and those in need. 

    Volunteering

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    Scout Leader Job Advert

    Written by William Harris / Matt Hughes, 9th Leicester Scouts (8 April 2019)

    What Does A Scout Leader Do?

    One of the things a Scout Leader does is look after young people and help develop new skills and provide new opportunities. Be prepared to plan and organize activities and even give up spare time to go on camps.

    What Qualities Does A Scout Leader Need?

    A Scout Leader needs to be able to interact and communicate effectively with young people.  You also need to complete around 14 courses including a first aid course and nights away permit if you wish to partake in camps.

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