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January 2019

I would like to wish everyone in the District a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Christmas seems as far away as ever. Hopefully you are all refreshed and looking forward to getting back into Scouting mode. I know I’ll be glad to get back into a routine again.

Scouting in South East Antrim started off with the Awards Presentation night on the 4th January. Huge congratulations to Stephen Bell, ASL from 1st Cloughfern, who was presented with his Explorer Belt and Queens Scout Award. Also, congratulations to Lucy Kane, 1st Islandmagee on receiving her Queens Scout Award. Several Scouts from across the District received their Chief Scout Gold Award – the highest award the Scouting section can achieve. The Scouts who achieved the Award came from 4 different Troops. Our District has 14 Troops in total. It would be a fabulous achievement if one year every Troop in the District is represented and had Scouts receiving their Chief Scout Gold Award. Providing a full and enjoyable programme will make this achievable. See the photograph section in this edition.

There is loads of help and resources available for Leaders of all the sections, so our youth members can achieve their top awards. One of the resources available to all Leaders is Crawfordsburn Scout Centre.
SID, the Centre Manager at Crawfordsburn Scout Centre recently emailed me to let me know that the Centre is interested in helping Groups in the District with residential visits, camps, activity days and badge courses. The Centre is also looking at recruiting older explorers, as well as young or older Leaders as wardens to help deliver the activities or give a hand with site services during the weekends. So, if you have any extra time please contact Sid at Crawfordsburn. He’ll be glad to hear from you.

The County team is hoping to run an adult support day/overnight camp on the 13th-14th April. The current venue proposed is Crawfordsburn. The aim is to run several surgeries for both uniformed and non-uniformed adults. The bases will cover things like programme ideas and updates, refreshers on the awards scheme and the event will also give people an opportunity to raise issues and look for support on parts of the programme they are struggling with. The camping element can be used to support leaders who want to have another camping experience without the Woodbadge modules being delivered. If you have an interest in attending this event could you please let your GSL or myself know so that all interest can be passed on to County.

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With the New Year all Groups need to complete the Group Census and Charity Commission report. For the census Group Scout Leaders should receive the password required directly from Scout Headquarters. Groups will be able to pay Capitation by Direct Debit or by cheque this year. Details will be with you shortly.

For most Groups the Charity Commission report will be due at the end of January. Each Group is a charity in their own right and is responsible for its own report. If any help is required in completing this process do not hesitate to get in touch.


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