Win a Minibus - We need your tokensbr>
Glamorgan West Scouts are entering the South Wales Evening Post Win a Minibus competition. From next week (2nd October) until the middle of December tokens will be printed in the Evening Post.
For every 100 tokens we collect we get one entry into the prize draw. The more tokens we can collect, the more entries we have, so the more changes of winning.
This will benefit your Scout group
If we have our own minibus we will be able to keep hire costs at Area events such as Area Camp low. We will also be able to hire out the bus to local groups at an affordable rate (hire costs will only be charged to cover fuel, tax, insurance, upkeep etc. which is one of the main reasons why local groups can't afford minibuses).
Where can my tokens go?
Token collection points will be:
- District Commissioners
- Silver Cross
- Leisure Quest
- Bryn Road Depot
Date Added - Sunday 29th September 2013
Changes to appointments processbr>
There have been some changes made to the appointments procedure in the Area. Each District has now been assigned an appointments administrator. All forms, including those for new roles, repeat CRB's and change of role must to to the administrator assigned to your District.
The administrators contact details are available on the Who's Who page (your group or GSL will know which District you are if you do not).
Forms for new members in Scouting will be signed by the line manager (which normally be the Group Scout Leader) after which the form goes to the administraor to process and send to the Appointments Advisory Committee , before finally being sent to the District Commissioner to check that CRB's and references have been completed correctly.
District Appointments Administrators:
- Afan Nedd - Sarah Riby
- Cwm Newydd - Julie Phillips
- Swanse and Gower - Joan Burgess
Date Added - Saturday 28th September 2013
The experience of a lifetime - World Scout Jamboree Japan 2015br>
The selection process for the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan has begun. 72 young people from Wales will be selected to represent Welsh Scouting at the 2015 Jamboree as part of two units (one North and one South). Any young person in Scouting who is born between 28th July 1997 and the 27th July 2001 can apply to represent Wales.
Can all Scout leaders and Explorer leaders in the area please pass on info about the Jamboree and encourage them to attend the area information night. Attached is a document from Scouts Wales detailing the selection procedure, costs and other details.
Information Evening for Parents
7pm Tuesday 8th October - Area Depot, Bryn Road
What about young people that are too old/young and adults?
Younger Scouts will have the opportunity to attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Young people who are too old to apply and adults will have the opportunity to apply as International Service Team or Jamboree Planning Team, details of which can be found here.
Date Added - Tuesday 17th September 2013
Duchess of Cambridge sets trend as more girls join Scouts in Swansea and Neath Port Talbotbr>
- The Duchess of Cambridge publicly joined Scouts last year, leading to speculation of a ‘Duchess -Effect’
- After eight consecutive years of growth, total membership is now 536,787
- Duchess celebrates with Scouts at Windsor Castle ceremony
Could the increase in the number of girls joining Scouts in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot be linked to UK Scouting’s most high profile volunteer, the Duchess of Cambridge? Replica Watches
Teenage (Explorer Scouts) membership has grown by 15.5% in the past year, and rising from 103 last year to 119 now. Plus a huge rise for the past nine years in the number of girls joining Scouting in Glamorgan West. The number stood at 49 in 2004 and has since gone up fourfold to 222.
Izzy Hope, 17, an Explorer Scout from Sketty, said:
“When I first joined Scouts I found it to be an adventurous and creative way of meeting new people and completing challenges.
In my unit there are probably more girls than guys. We all join in with cooking and cleaning but we also have a laugh getting muddy outside, playing wide games and lighting campfires.”
Adult membership numbers have also seen a gradual increase over the past five years with numbers rising from 256 in 2009 to 318 now, keeping pace with an overall growth in membership, with numbers rising from 1389 in 2009 to 1683 now.
This trend has been replicated in the UK as a whole. In total,1,350 women have signed up as volunteers since the Duchess joined the Movement – an increase of 3.2%. This compares sharply with 2011, when only 125 new female leaders joined the organistion.
The Duchess, who is a flexible volunteer, helps out with Scouts in North Wales, is one of 2,812 new adult volunteers to join this year. These figures represent the second biggest increase in adult volunteers since 1986.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said:
“It’s great that so many women and girls are joining the Scouts, more than ever before, and I am sure this increase has had much to do with the Duchess of Cambridge becoming a Scout volunteer last year.
The Duchess is an incredible role model for young women and she helps us show that Scouting’s not just for boys. She’s also such a generous volunteer and everyone is so excited to have her in the Scouting family. Many people have followed her lead and are getting involved and enjoying the adventure!”
As one of the UK’s most high profile figures, it’s hoped the Duchess’ involvement will inspire other adults to get involved in Scouting. With waiting lists at an all-time high of almost 38,000, there is an urgent need for more volunteers, in order to meet the growing demand.
Despite attracting more adults, the Movement still has 37,867 young people on waiting lists who are unable to join until more volunteers sign up.
The Duchess yesterday celebrated the achievement of over 400 Scouts at Windsor Castle. They are receiving the Queen’s Scout Award, the highest honour a Scout can achieve. The Queen’s
Scout Award recognises personal achievement, endeavour and service to others, and is the ultimate goal of Scouts in the UK. Chief Scout and international adventurer Bear Grylls also attended the event at Windsor castle.
Date Added - Monday 22nd April 2013
We have a new District Commissioner for Swansea and Gowerbr>
Steve has been involved in Scouting since joining Beaver Scouts at the age of 6 and has progressed through
all the sections before becoming one of the leaders at Sketty Explorers 8 years ago.
Over the last 18 months Steve’s involvement in area scouting has grown, being a member of the Executive
and also helping to arrange the most successful Area Explorer event held in Glamorgan West.
Over the next few months Steve will be settling into his new role, I’m sure everyone will welcome him and
support him in any way they can.
Date Added - Monday 8th April 2013