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We finally (held over from April 2020) got to invest our District Commissioner, Angela Knight, and present some Long service and well-deserved  special Awards during the Meon Valley District Scouts thank you BBQ at Lyons Copse on 11 June.

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Congratulations to: click to see our adult awards news

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Covid-19 Support
01/11/2020
Adult Support Scout Crafts

click here for example Risk Assessments

 

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families, as the spread of Covid-19 has caused schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, The Scouts want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we've pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing "I'm bored" every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. You can find activities suitable for your child by clicking here


You could also help your child complete an Activity badge. Once you've completed all the requirements, why not email photos to your section leader to show what you've done. There are links to our activity badge pages below:

Beaver Activity Badges
Cub Activity Badges
Scout Activity Badges


Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Covid Risk Assesments

Below are a number of downloads that can be used to support you and your team in creating the risk assessments. They are to be used as a starting point and designed for you to add and amend as necessary.
Make sure that however you choose to document your risk assessment it is clear to anyone who reviews it or uses it.
 
Remember:
 
A risk assessment is only effective if you and leadership team act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.
 
Don’t just copy the examples, your circumstances are unique and so you need to do a risk assessment appropriate to your setting, making sure you are clear on the hazards and controls.
 
Even if the hazards you see are the same as in the examples, the controls may differ, so make sure you are being clear on what you will be doing in your location to control the risks and then follow through on these controls.
The example risk assessments below will be regularly updated each quarter by the District Team. If you have any questions about any of the resources, or any additions just
 

Below are a number of downloads that can be used to support you and your team in creating the risk assessments. They are to be used as a starting point and designed for you to add and amend as necessary.
Make sure that however you choose to document your risk assessment it is clear to anyone who reviews it or uses it.

Remember:

  • A risk assessment is only effective if you and leadership team act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.
     
  • Don’t just copy the examples, your circumstances are unique and so you need to do a risk assessment appropriate to your setting, making sure you are clear on the hazards and controls.
     
  • Even if the hazards you see are the same as in the examples, the controls may differ, so make sure you are being clear on what you will be doing in your location to control the risks and then follow through on these controls.

 

For more information please visit 

scouts.org.uk staying safe and safeguarding safety planning and assessing risk

 

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Blog | Adult Awards
19/11/2020 By Ray Noice
Four Male Scouts on Carts

Adult Awards 2021

The Scouts would like to acknowledge the contribution of all of our wonderful volunteers. Congratulations to the following who received long service awards, recognition awards and completed their wood-badge training this year.

 

Wood Badges - Completion of Training for their role

David Tibbert                        Shedfield - Scouts

Keith Loudon                        Bishops Waltham - Scouts

Kevin Cloud                           Bishops Waltham - Cub Scouts

Richard Hill                            Bishops Waltham - Cub Scouts

Rupert Johnson                    Bishops Waltham - Cub Scouts

Sandra Boyd                         Bishops Waltham - Cub Scouts

Kate Jones                             Explorer Scout Leader

Mark Claydon-Smith            Shedfield -

 

Award for Merit - Awarded for outstanding service. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period, of at least 12 years duration (exceptionally 10).

Jo Fox                                     Swanmore

Keith Loudon                        Bishops Waltham

 

Long Service Awards

20 Years

Colin Thorne                         Bishops Waltham - Cub Scouts

Julian Livingstone                Swanmore - GSL

 

10 Years

Jacqueline Thorne               Meon Valley District Appointments

Paul Cook                              Bishops Waltham - Scouts

Tim Armstrong                     Bishops Waltham - Cub Scouts

Jane Turner                           Wickham -

 

5 Years

David Moorman                   Meon Valley - Executive Committee

James Sampson                    Shedfield - Beaver Scouts

Rachel Worthington            Swanmore - Executive Committee

Sarah Goddard                     Bishops Waltham - Cubs Scouts

Elizabeth Bugge                    Shedfield -

 

Chief Scout Commendations for Good Service

Which will be awarded post lockdown

 

Andrew Miller                      Assistant Scout Leader - Swanmore

Carolyn Wright                     Assistant Cub Scout Leader - Shedfield

Charlotte Sampson              Beaver Scout Leader - Shedfield

Dave Tibbert                         Assistant Scout Leader - Shedfield

Jenny Bunce                         Group Scout Leader - Wickham

Paul Cook                              Scout Leader - Bishops Waltham

Rupert Johnson                    Assistant Cub Scout Leader - Bishops Waltham

Simon Liller                           Assistant Scout Leader - Shedfield

Sue Ward                              Cub Scout Leader - Shedfield

Tim Armstrong                     Cub Scout Leader - Bishops Waltham

Jane Robertson                    Group Secretary - Shedfield

Woolf Walker                       District Chair - Meon Valley

Adult Awards 2020

 
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Blog | Scout Network Meon Valley
31/10/2020 By Ray Noice

Scout Network Meon Valley

scout.network@meonvalleyscouts.org.uk https://twitter.com/ukscoutnetwork https://www.scouts.org.uk/network

Scout Network - 18 to 25 years

Try more. See more. Do more.

You’ll stand on your own two feet and make memories to last a lifetime.

What do Network members get up to?

Scout Network connects 20,000 18-25-year olds across the UK and gives them the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting projects and events centred on the themes of ‘Adventure’, ‘Community’ and ‘International’. Whether you’re organising a local meet-up or a once in a lifetime trip to the Amazon, it’s all about working together to build new skills, seek out new experiences and make a difference in the world.

 

Network groups are flexibly run and self-led. Members can create profiles on the Scout Network website, using the platform to meet others with similar goals and share their progress. There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve, and members can also work towards a number of Top Awards. A full list of badges and awards can be found here.

 

How often do Network members meet up?

Local arrangements will vary. Network members don’t necessarily meet every week. Some might meet a few times a year to complete a single project together. Others might dive into lots of different projects at once or meet locally more regularly.

No matter how you’d like to do things, advice on how to get the most out of projects and events can be found here.

 

Who runs Scout Networks?

Members manage their own journey, organising their own projects with the support of a District Scout Network Commissioner and Programme Coordinator (if one is in place). Throughout their journey, they might also interact with Assistant County Commissioners (Network) – who assist with Network activity throughout the wider County – and the UK Scout Network Commissioner, who oversees Network activity across the whole of the UK.

 

How do I find my local group?

Not sure where to start? Search for a group that best suits you here. If you’d rather not be affiliated with a specific group, you can still take part by signing up to be a part of the wider UK Scout Network only.

 

Is there a uniform?

Yes. Network members wear a stone shirt or blouse with an added Scout Network uniform badge. If they like, they can also wear the nationwide UK Scout Network Scarf or their local District Scout Network scarf (known as a necker). M

 

The journey continues

If you were a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout or Explorer Scout, you'll already know that being a Scout is all about completing awards at every step of the journey.

As an Explorer, there are more chances to soar than ever before, as you'll be introduced to a whole new range of Top Awards. 

You can work towards as many awards as you like, at your own pace.

 

Are you ready? Let’s get stuck in.

Chief Scout's Diamond Award

The Chief Scout's Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout's Awards. 

Queen's Scout Award

The Queen's Scout Award is the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members. Earning it is a huge achievement!

For more information on the Chief Scout’s Diamond and Queen’s Scout Award, download the Reach The Top guide for Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members, Leaders and Commissioners.

Download Reach The Top Nov 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

Test yourself with an Award for every level of challenge.

Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime. Explore untrodden ground over a ten-day period, test your limits and get to grips with a new culture.

Scouts of the World Award

Be a global citizen and make an impact on the world while learning new skills.

Membership Award

Once you've made your Promise, you'll earn your Membership Award, featuring an image of the fleur de lis. This is the international Scout symbol, worn by Scouts all over the world. 

Digital Badges

There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve from a wide variety of activities, events and countries. How many can you earn?

 

Taking on a leadership role

Eventually, it’ll be time embrace your next big adventure.

Volunteer

Share your skills, gain new ones

Quick links

Volunteer vacancies

 

Week by week, our volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.

Today, there are nearly 60,000 young people on the waiting list to join us in the UK. We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.

 

That’s where you come in.

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent.  Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about minibus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.

Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in.  Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven-year olds - no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.

We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.

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Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.

Find out more and be a pioneer by starting the first ever Meon Valley Scout Network, RSVP to this invitation.

scout.network@meonvalleyscouts.org.uk to register your interest. In the meantime please read the enclosed information and please visit the UK Scout Network website scouts.org.uk/network

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