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Since the Great Orme report, Scout HQ have been issuing multiple new processes, including firm instructions about parents neeing to know about activities before they give informed consent.  
 
So this page / blog is really aimed at parents, not leaders, who have already had this drilled in  at every meeting for the last month.  
 
Leaders will receive them shortly and will be publishing them on their Group or Section Facebook pages and the Group Websites.  This page is for those Groups who do not have a reliable and familiar  communication system for their parents, to enable them to have access to the RAs.  OSM is of course ideal for this purpose, and that was the original plan,
 
So these are the ones for the bases, and the catering. The site Critical Incident Plan will be sent to leaders only.  The inflatables RA will be available prior to the event.
 
As soon as other risk assesments are available they will be posted here. For leaders, please refer to the members part of this website, log in and you will see the RA's added there
 
 
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As you may be aware, HQ have made changes nationally to the make up of the District Trustee Board, who the trustees are, how trustees are recruited and how they are appointed.

 

The AGM of the District Scout Council will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm at the Rhydd Activity Centre, Rhydd Covert Camp Site, Bewdley, DY12 1LE.

 

At the District Board on 25th March the Trustee Board approved the following and also the process to be followed:-

 

There will be a Trustee Board of 10 Trustees. The District Commissioner (Lead Volunteer) and District Youth Commissioner (District Youth Lead) are ex-officio Trustees.

 

There will be 8 appointed Trustees. Of the 8 Trustees, there will be a Chair and a Treasurer. (Chair and Treasurer must be separate individuals).

 

If you would like to be considered for the position of either Chair or Treasurer, please submit an application by email to the Secretary of the Trustee Board, Mrs. Beverley Drew by Friday 10th May at 4pm.  beverleyjdrew@gmail.com

 

In your email, please attach, in a side of no more than A4, your skills, experience (if any) and what you can bring to the role of a charity trustee and in particular the post you are applying for. Please also include the name of a proposer and seconder who are a member of the Scout Council to support your application and whom are prepared to be a referee. In addition, you may wish to include up to two another names of external people who would be able to provide a reference for you.

 

The Trustee Board at its meeting on Monday 20th May at 7:15pm at the Rhydd Activity Centre will formally interview the applicant(s) for these positions. On the assumption that there is a suitable applicant for each of these positions, and indeed if there is more than one for each position, the Trustee Board, on merit and following a fair interview process will select the successful applicant for the role of Chair and the role of Treasurer. This will be by way of a secret ballot if there is more than one appointable candidate. These will be the names that the Trustee Board put forward to the AGM for the District Scout Council to formally appoint. Both of these positions will be for a 3 year term.

 

The Trustee Board also invites applications for the remaining 6 Trustee positions. Therefore, again, should you wish to apply,  please email Mrs. Beverley Drew by Friday 10th May at 4pm. In your email, please attach, in a side of no more than A4, your skills, experience (if any) and what you can bring to the role of a charity trustee. Please also include the name of a proposer and seconder who are a member of the Scout Council to support your application and whom are prepared to be a referee. In addition, you may wish to include up to two another names of external people who would be able to provide a reference for you. The Trustee Board should endeavour to have two Trustees between the ages of 18-25 (one of which will be the District Youth Lead) and therefore would you indicate on your application if you are in this age demographic. If you don’t indicate we will assume you are not. We also, need to appoint Trustees for either a 1, 2 or 3 year term, and will be appointing 2 for a 1 year term, 2 for a 2 year term and 2 for a 3 year term at the AGM and therefore please indicate if you have a preference of how long you would be willing to serve for. If the term of office cannot be agreed by consensus the drawing of lots will take place. If there are 6 or less applicants, all will be considered for their suitability. If they are all deemed suitable and approved by the Trustee Board, these names will be recommended for appointment by the District Scout Council at the AGM. If there are more than 6 applicants, if they are all deemed suitable and approved by the Trustee Board, these names will go forward to the AGM for an election to then appoint 6 Trustees. For example, if 8 applicants went forward for 6 positions, every member of the District Scout Council would be issued with a ballot paper with the names of the 8 candidates  on and each member of the Scout Council would vote (by way of secret ballot) for up to 6 candidates. The 6 candidates with the highest votes would then be the 6 names proposed to the Scout Council for the 6 Trustee Board positions. 

 

We are keen to secure Trustees from a variety of backgrounds, especially those that can add to the skill set of the Board, for example, Lawyers, Accountants, Insurance Brokers, HR Officers, Surveyors, Architects, people in Business etc… this list is by no means exhaustive. If you are therefore aware of anyone in the wider community who may be able to fulfil this role and have the requisite skills then please do pass this information on in order that they may apply.

 

Kind Regards,

Marcus J. Hart

Trustee Board - Chairman

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Our DC Julie passes this message on from the Chief Scout:

"Celebrating your kindness and courage. I always look forward to this time of year. Why? Because it’s when we celebrate you, our incredible volunteers and young people. You’re the inspirers, the roll-up-your-sleevers and extra-milers. The ones who make it all happen. And what makes our movement great is that we all offer something different. It’s our differences that make us stronger. And we never forget the superpower that really counts is our kindness.

Whether you’ve been helping us for years, or only recently joined our team, thank you for all you do helping young people gain skills to prepare them for the future. I’m so pleased and proud to read your names in this Roll of Honour. This is a moment to treasure and one to remember. Let’s not forget the courage of our young people either. To all of you receiving Meritorious Conduct Awards, you have my huge respect and gratitude. All of you have gone above and beyond and your Scouting spirit shines so bright.

Thank you and well done".

Bear Grylls OBE, Chief Scout

 

Celebrate our leaders who have been awarded honours:

    Award name Award Issue date Scout Group
Roger Alltree Chief Scout's 10 years Service Award 01/05/2023 8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts
Amanda Ashton Commissioners Commendation 14/09/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Emily Barnbrook Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 17/04/2023 1st Wyre Forest Sea Scouts
Miles Bethell Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 03/01/2024 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Paul Burford Chief Scout's 15 years Service Award 16/04/2023 Stourport (Mid Severn)
Dawn Churchley Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Emily Denton Chief Scout's 15 years Service Award 10/07/2023  
8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts
Will Fellows Commissioners Commendation 14/09/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Holly Ferris Chief Scout's 10 years Service Award 03/01/2024 6th Wyre Forest (Franche) Scouts
David Fish Award for Merit 01/11/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Donna Forman Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 03/01/2024 Stourport (Mid Severn)
Katie Green Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023 8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts
Sam Harris Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 04/10/2023 4th Wyre Forest (Wolverley) Scouts
Nigel Harris Award for Merit 01/11/2023 Stourport (Mid Severn)
         
Marcus Hart Chief Scout's 25 years Service Award 06/04/2023  
District Chair
 
Luke Haynes Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 16/07/2023 8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts
Nicki Hitchcock Chief Scout's 30 years Service Award 15/04/2023  
 
9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
 
Val Jarvis Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 23/07/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Ian Jolly Chief Scout's 15 years Service Award 01/05/2023 4th Wyre Forest (Wolverley) Scouts
Vern Littley Commissioners Commendation 14/09/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Kirsten Littley Commissioners Commendation 14/09/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts
Hester Maggs Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023 10th Wyre Forest (Cookley) Scouts
Sarah Maitland-Powell Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023 8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts
John Oliver Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 03/01/2024 1st Wyre Forest Sea Scouts
Sue Packwood Award for Merit 01/11/2023 21st Wyre Forest (Brinton Park) Scouts
Marie Painter Chief Scout's 30 years Service Award 16/09/2023 1st Wyre Forest Sea Scouts
Craig Pedley Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 04/10/2023 7th Wyre Forest (Offmore) Scouts
Denyse Plant Chief Scout's 20 years Service Award 05/09/2023 15th Wyre Forest (Habberley) Scouts
Marvin Powell Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023 8th Wyre Forest (St. John's) Scouts
Annette Pye Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 01/06/2023 7th Wyre Forest (Offmore) Scouts
Jenny Randle Chief Scout's 30 years Service Award 08/04/2023 11th Wyre Forest (Harkaway) Scouts
Simon Robertshaw Chief Scout's 15 years Service Award 21/06/2023  
Hannah Rose Chief Scout's 15 years Service Award 30/08/2023  
Reece Scholefield Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023  
Jane Sharpe Chief Scout's 10 years Service Award 01/06/2023 21st Wyre Forest (Brinton Park) Scouts
James Stanley Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 03/01/2024 18th Wyre Forest (Areley Kings) Scouts
 
         
Ian Strongman Chief Scout's 20 years Service Award 03/01/2024 7th Wyre Forest (Offmore) Scouts
 
Sam Turbutt Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 01/10/2023  
16th Wyre Forest (Stourport Michael's) Scouts
Darren Vander Chief Scout's 10 years Service Award 01/06/2023  
Sam Walker Chief Scout's 20 years Service Award 09/09/2023 14th Wyre Forest (Rhydd Covert) Scouts
 
Lucy Wilding Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 05/06/2023  
 
Kerry Wood Chief Scout's Commendation for Good Service 01/11/2023 11th Wyre Forest (Harkaway) Scouts
Ian Wood Chief Scout's 5 years Service Award 08/07/2023  
11th Wyre Forest (Harkaway) Scouts
Sarah Wright Chief Scout's 10 years Service Award 01/04/2023 9th Wyre Forest (Spennells) Scouts

 

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As we approach the busy camp season, a reminder for all those involved in organising camps, particularly camp leaders:

 

Nights Away-reminder to include all adults attending & RA when sending information –including programme, to Sarah Bennett, if possible, more than 14 days before the camp starts.  Any adult sleeping over MUST have completed Safety and Safeguarding modules & have a DBS, suggested applications should be made 3 months before the event.

Remember to keep updating RA’s and share with all adults attending camp.

 

Sarah

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