April 2020 Edition of MX News

Date: 30th Mar 2020 Author: Richard Williams


Welcome to April’s MX News, the County Update for Greater London Middlesex West. The email version of the update will be simple, picture free, factual information and event announcements so that it is easy for you to keep up to date with what is happening in GLMW. 

In this MX News:
• Supporting each other and staying safe (All)
• Roll of Honour 2020 (All)
• Keeping in touch with your Section (All)
• Carry On Scouting (All)
• GLMW Easter Camp (All)
• Membership Levy (Group & District Treasurers)
• Safety and Safeguarding training (All)

Supporting each other and staying safe
It’s in challenging times like these that our Scout values matter most. As we face periods of social distancing and self-isolation, keeping in touch with each other is more important than ever. Whether you pick up the phone, send a text or use some of the other forms of technology available, a quick message to let somebody know that you are thinking of them or a chat may be just the boost they need. Likewise, please reach out to your Scouting friends and colleagues if you are feeling a little overwhelmed or just need a distraction from your new ‘normal’.

The Scout Association is currently talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis and we hope to bring you more news on that shortly.

Please continue to follow the Government advice to protect yourselves, your families and those around us. The Scout Association have a dedicated page on their website that will be updated regularly with advice and information on Scouting matters. There is also a page on the GLMW Website that provides some more local information and advice together with pointers to other useful information.

Given the unusual world condition that is happening at the moment, we really appreciate everything that you are doing to keep amazing Scouting happening in Greater London Middlesex West.

Roll of Honour 2020
It is with great honour that we can share with you the news of the following St Georges Day Awards announced over the last 12 months:

Silver Wolf
Philip Leslie Green
Richard William Fox
Richard John Plume
Yvonne May Mielewczyk

Bar to the Silver Acorn
Jean Wilkinson Allan
Peter James Harrison
Susan Ann Browning

Silver Acorn
Helen Louise Ogilvie
James William Kelly
Michael Anthony Whittick
Peter Gerald Fuller
Stephen Leighs
Susan Brooks
William Marcus Holman Victory
Caroline Ann Latham
Robert Keith Moore

Please join us in congratulating them all on their achievements.

Keeping in touch with your Section
Since the news of the temporary suspension of face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events we have been impressed and extremely proud at the creativity and determination that you have shown to keep your Group engaged.

Groups have sent challenges to their young people via WhatsApp, held scavenger hunts through Skype, taken part in quizzes, completed badge work and learned to tie new knots on Zoom. Groups and Districts are continuing to hold regular meetings through video conferencing and Willesden District will be holding a virtual St George’s Day celebration. If you need help to work out how to get your Group’s Scouting online don’t hesitate to get in touch or check our Facebook Page for the latest ideas. If you have any worries about how to operate an online meeting, you can also check our online meeting guidelines.

Keep up the great work!

Carry On Scouting
Now that schools are closed, our young people (and their parents) will be looking for tasks, projects and challenges to keep them occupied. The Scout Association have launched The Great Indoors that pulls together activities for all ages that can be completed indoors. As well as this, we will be sharing some ideas and setting some challenges on our Facebook page. Please encourage parents to like the page and share photos or videos of any activities that they have tried at home.

GLMW Easter Eggstravaganza Camp
Will you be joining us for the Easter Eggstravaganza Camp on 10th-13th April?

We would like as many of our members (young and old) as possible to take part in our weekend camp. Whether you set up camp in your bedroom, build a den in the kitchen or pitch a tent in your garden – it doesn’t matter. Please share any photos on our Facebook page, we’d love to see you on your Easter camp!

We’ll share lots of Easter themed ideas on our Facebook page to help to keep you busy during your weekend camp.

Membership Levy
While face to face Scouting is on hold at the moment, you can see already how, as Scouts, we are able to adapt and support each other. Together, we’re all working very hard to keep everyone Scouting. While this is happening, as a movement, we still have a lot of ongoing fixed costs that we need to take care of. These include the National Levy (which goes towards paying for our Scout Insurance, Safeguarding & Vetting Services and much more) and the Operating Costs (for our Systems, Utility bills, Campsites and operations) in the County and Districts. Without these being covered, Scouting would be at risk of having to cease altogether. To protect the structure of Scouting today and for those who will join us in the future it is imperative that we are able to collect this annual membership fee. Please continue to collect the annual membership fees from your Groups and return them to your District treasurer for onward payment the County by the beginning of April. If you need help with this, please talk to your District Commissioner in the first instance so that they are able to suggest a way to support you.

Safety & Safeguarding Training
To support training compliance, The Scout Association is sending email reminders directly to all members who have outstanding mandatory ongoing safety and safeguarding training on Compass. The email will contain a link to the online training which will enable you to complete it at home. In addition, the information on Safeguarding training has been updated and it is no longer required to alternate between eLearning and face to face learning for this module. It’s really important that everyone is up to date as soon as possible.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls