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Alasdair McBay looks ahead to some forthcoming resources to assist Leaders and the camps and expeditions which will soon take place all over the uk

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  • The magazine for Scout Lead

    ers

    April/May 2010

    GO FORWARD TOGETHER

    GO FORWARD TOGETHER

    How working in a team devel

    ops leadership skills

    The parent trapA cooking prog

    ramme

    to kickstart your

    Big AdventureExample to oth

    ers

    How the Chief Scouts

    Gold Award can help in

    the non-Scouting world

    Whos got a match?

    Practical tips on lighting fire

    s

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  • INTRO

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    WELCOME

    Alasdair McBay looks ahead to some forthcoming resources to assist leaders and the camps

    and expeditions which will soon take place all over the UK

    The next few months see the long awaited publication of three new resources

    to support Troop Leaders.

    The Scout Games Book has lots of new ideas to add sparkle to the fun element of the programme; The Troop Programme Plus: Volume 2, with its focus on the Global Programme Zone, will support leaders in an aspect of the

    programme which they frequently tell us is the most difficult to tackle; while the

    new Nights Away publication will offer everything you need to know to take young people on a residential experience safely and with confidence.

    If you have new ideas to contribute to this years theme of developing

    practical skills, let us know at [email protected] This issue features articles

    on how the Chief Scouts Gold Award can be used to structure a young

    persons record of their achievements. We also take a look at the importance

    of teamwork something that we could all be reminded of from time to time.

    As I write, Spring is quite definitely upon us. Troops up and down the

    country are finalising plans for camps and expeditions. As I have travelled in

    recent months, I have taken the oppportunity to talk with leaders about how

    we refresh the delivery of the Expedition Challenge. It has been exciting to hear

    the variety of creative ideas which are abundant in making sure Scouts have the

    opportunity of this adventure. It isnt too late to be planning it for this year!

    In that spirit, it seems a good time to let you know that bookings are now

    open for this years Gilwell Reunion event, held at Gilwell Park over the weekend

    of the 3-5 September. The event is open to all adults in Scouting. For more

    information about the event go to www.scouts.org.uk/reunion

    Practical support

    Your Scout Support TeamAlasdair McBay UK Adviser (Scout Section),Nicola Ashby Programme & Development Adviser

    Contact them at:[email protected]

    Scout Support Team The Scout Association, Gilwell Park, Chingford, London E4 7QW; Tel. 0845 300 1818

    AdvertisingRichard Ellacott [email protected] Tel: 020 8962 1258

    4 Gold-getters Achieving the Chief Scouts Gold Award can help a job application or academic portfolio

    6 Lead the wayWorking as part of a team is an important part of developing skills and recognising potential leaders

    The next few months see the long awaited publication of three new resources

    8 Meeting sparklersFun ideas for your meeting

    10 Programmes on a plate This issues theme is an unplanned programme

    14 Raise interest ratesYou can get parents excited in your Big Adventure now via a simple evening programme

    16 Practical skillsFirelighting is an essential craft for Scouts, but many are unaware of how to build a fi re

    Contents

    A group of Scouts from Epping enjoyed the adventure of a lifetime, including rainforest camping, at the recent Asian Pacific International Scout Jamboree in the Philippines.

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  • Gold-getters

    I f a Scout achieves the highest award in the section it is right that it be recognised and celebrated. Many counties do so by holding a special reception or awards celebration but we could, and should, do more

    than that. We can help the Scout make it work for

    them by using it as evidence of accomplishment

    in a school portfolio, CV or job application.

    Here is a worksheet that could be given to

    Chief Scouts Gold Award holders to complete

    and use for the future.

    SURVIVAL CAMPAny Scout born after 1 August 1996 who has completed, or will complete, their Chief Scouts Gold Award by 31 July 2010 is eligible to participate in a 24-hour survival adventure with Chief Scout Bear Grylls. Apply online at www.scouts.org.uk/survivalcamp

    Gold-gettersGold-gettersThe record of achievement

    required for the Chief Scouts

    Gold Award neednt only be

    recognised within the Scouting

    fraternity. Such skills and

    experience can be applied in

    the wider world, so why not

    advertise your feat correctly?

    4 Scouts April/May 2010

    ROLLING ON THE RIVERMax, a Young Leader with 1st Molesey Sea Scouts, told us how achieving the Chief Scouts Gold Award helped him to secure a dream job.Ive managed to get involved in the field of work that interests me most thanks to Scouting. Im employed by Turk Launches who operate pleasure boats on the Thames.

    This allows me to develop the skills I use regularly at Scouts while my Scouting accomplishments show others that I am well-rounded, willing to help in the community and trustworthy.

    Problem solving and effective teamwork are just two of the skills Ive acquired through Scouting which help with my job. One of my tasks involves helping to navigate boats through many of the locks on the Thames. Working alongside fellow crew members ensures the job is done as efficiently and safely as possible. Scouting taught me the importance of working in a team and the difference it can make in a real-life situation.

    Funnily enough, it wasnt until I reached Cubs that I first took part in some sailing courses and found that I really enjoyed it. I am now a Young Leader and help out with the Cub and Scout sections. What I was taught by a Young Leader a few years back, I now find myself teaching to Cubs or Scouts. I enjoy passing on what I have learned and I feel this has made me a more confident person which, in turn, benefits my employers and work colleagues.

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    CHIEF SCOUTS GOLD AWARD

    The Scout Handbook is your practical guide to the Chief Scouts Gold Award. It is available from www.scouts.org.uk/shop

    more info

    Have I planned an activity alone or with others? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..............................................................................................

    Have I worked as a team member? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..............................................................................................

    Have I led a small team? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..............................................................................................

    Have I made decisions alone or with others? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..............................................................................................

    Have I instructed others in a skill? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..............................................................................................

    Have I worked unsupervised? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..............................................................................................

    Have I taken notes of a meeting? yes noMy examples: Things to write on my CV:.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................................................................................ ..................................................................................

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