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An ACC Goes Blogging - 6 Feb 2014

GLMW Expedition Training and Assessment Programme 2014

Pitching tentsIt began at “omg it’s early”, 8:30am, last Saturday morning with the pitching of tents and registration to make sure that the people who had signed up were actually the people who were turning up. 47 Scouts and Explorer Scouts from across GLMW arrived to commence this year’s Expedition training and Assessment Programme. After a week of lashing rain and howling gales, the expectation was for a waterlogged and unpleasant weekend in the mud. But no, what was this? The sun forced its way through the early Saturday morning clouds and a dry day was in prospect. The tents went up on moderately dry areas near the training complex and, yes, smiling was in evidence.

An ACC Goes Blogging - 19 Jan 2014

Knowledge and Creativity

With all of the great libraries of the world obtainable on line and the power to find information available to anyone with a smartphone in their pocket, there has never been an era where people can have so much knowledge on hand for any particular purpose they choose. StonehengeAt the same time, it sometimes appears that people know less and are less interested to find out for themselves the things that might make the world a more exciting, well developed or positive place.

An ACC Goes Blogging - 10 Jan 2014

Explorers and Fire

An ACC Goes Blogging

Welcome to 2014 and a Happy New Year to you. As the Christmas decorations go away and we get in to the planning for the year questions like: “where to start?” raise their heads. It turns out that there is much to look forward to this year with a wide range of events and activities on the Explorer and Network Calendar that has something for everyone to get their teeth into.

Explorer LogoThere are large scale camping and activity opportunities in nearly every month this year starting in the next few weeks with the potential for wet, snow or icy camping experiences at Gilwell Wintercamp and our own PACCAR February Freezer Camp. A shortlist of some of my favourites is at the end of this report with these and many more regularly listed in the County Diary.

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Explorers, Network and Leaders now registering for SkyCamp 2013

Registrations for this year's SkyCamp (20-22nd September) are now coming in. With three levels of competition this year, Explorers, Network Scouts and Leaders everyone will have the opportunity to show off their skills in the trees. Add to that a wide range of mental and physical challenges to make the weekend fly and you will wonder why you have never done it before.The mission is to build your campsite in the SkyZone. That is out in the woodlands of the PACCAR Scout Campsite, Chalfont Heights, between 50cm and 2.5m above the ground. How you achieve this is entirely up to you.

County Expedition Training and Assessment Programme 2013

Here's an exciting chance for your Explorer and Network Scouts to gain valuable experience and participate in an expedition course and assessment. This will enable young people to complete the requirements for expedition hikes in the Platinum, Diamond Chief Scouts Awards, Queen Scout Award and/or Bronze, Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards under the guidance and supervision of experienced instructors.

 

To help leaders tell the young people in their unit about the programme, we have prepared the attached Expedition Programme Flyer that you can hand out at unit meetings or link them to electronically on this page

 

SkyCamp Challenge 2012

Jack Petchey Award Scheme

The County is fortunate to run a scheme, funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation which distributes over £20,000 in £200 Achievement awards to members aged 11 to 25 across the Scout County.   Each GLMW District has an award coordinator who collects the Achievement Award nominations and ensures that the selection process is carried out correctly and that the money is spent.  The guidelines are clear that young people must be involved in the selection of the person to receive the award and in what the money is spent on.   Membership of the scheme requires the County to s

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