March 2020 Edition of MX News

Date: 29th Feb 2020 Author: Phil Power

Welcome (for the second month) to our new look MX News, the County Update for Greater London Middlesex West. This update presents short & sweet information updates and event announcements so that it is easy for you to keep on top of what is happening in GLMW.

In this MX News:

  • Registration for the GLMW Expedition to Kandersteg 2021 (All)
  • Mandatory Ongoing Learning (All)
  • Training for Section Leaders (Section Leaders)
  • Training for Managers and Supporters (DCs, ADCs, GSLs)
  • Scout Experience Survey 2020 (All)
  • Coronavirus update (All)
  • 20in20 Challenge is on OSM (All)
  • Dates for the next Map Skills Course (All)
  • Introductory Hill Walking Weekend  in the Peak District (All)
  • Dates for upcoming Climbing Courses & Assessments (All)
  • Information about DC Support Days (DCs)
  • London Scouters Choir (All)

Registration For Kandersteg 2021

Registration is now live and ready to go. If you have groups in your district who are looking to come along, please get the Group leaders to register their interest at the Group Registration Portal

Anyone who would like to join the staff team and service crew for the Expedition should register at the Staff Registration Portal

If you have any enquiries about the expedition take a look at our Facebook Page and please get in touch with the expedition leader, Richard Williams.

Mandatory Ongoing Learning

It is critically important that everyone takes responsibility for keeping their mandatory ongoing learning up to date.  Dates for forthcoming first response, safety and safeguarding courses are available on the Training Calendar on the county website. Opportunities can be booked online or via your Local Training Manager.

Training for Section Leaders

We have a whole range of training opportunities for Section Leaders coming up over the coming months. Courses are filling quickly, so make sure to book as far in advance as possible via the website or your Local Training Manager. The training calendar extends out to spring 2021 so you can plan in advance:

  • Modules 7, 8 and 9 on 3rd May 2020 at 1st/3rd Ruislip HQ, and again on 11th October 2020 at PACCAR Scout Camp Site
  • Skills for Residential Experiences (Module 38) on 13th and 14th June 2020 at PACCAR Scout Camp Site
  • Modules 16 and 17 (Introduction to Residential Experiences, and Running Safe Activities) on 4th July 2020 at 1st Osterley HQ, and again on 25th October at 5th Pinner HQ
  • Modules 12B, 13 and 19 on 19th September 2020 at 20th Chiswick HQ, and again on 22nd November 2020 at PACCAR Scout Camp Site
  • Modules 5, 6, 11 and 12A on 10th October 2020 at PACCAR Scout Camp Site
  • Modules 14, 15 and 18 on 1st November 2020 at 1st/6th Edgware HQ, and again on 21st November at PACCAR Scout Camp Site

Training for Managers and Supporters

We have a whole range of training opportunities for Managers and Supporters over the coming months:

  • Module 39 (Mentoring and Coaching) aims to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to effectively mentor and coach both adults and young people in Scouting Roles. This is a NEW course and taking place on 5th April 2020 at 1st Uxbridge HQ. Book online via the website.
  • Part 1 of the Managers and Supporters training (Skills of Management) is taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2020 at the Willow Tree Guide Centre in Harefield. Book online via the website.  This course is also taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2020.
  • Parts 2 and 3 of the Managers and Supporters training (Meeting the Challenges, and Achieving Growth) are taking place in parallel to part 1 on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2020 at the Willow Tree Guide Centre in Harefield. Book online via the website. This courses are also taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2020.

Scout Experience Survey 2020 

Get involved in the annual Scout Experience Survey to help The Scouts understand and improve support for all volunteers. Previous feedback has helped develop new digital services, improve programme materials and training resources. See the results from 2019.

Coronavirus update

You will no doubt have seen the widespread media coverage around the Coronavirus and how it is affecting different parts of the world. The Coronavirus situation will continue to develop, and there will be questions about holding Scout meetings and events, or upcoming international trips.

We must respond to the developing situation in a calm, measured and appropriate way. We should use and refer to the official Government advice, which is being regularly updated as the situation changes. The Government’s Coronavirus webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at   

If you or your team are organising any Scout events, please make sure you regularly read the latest Government advice and then update your risk assessments if necessary.


20in20 is NOW LIVE and can be monitored on OSM

And we’re getting a lot of enquiry already. If you can remind people that the information is on the website they will find lots of detail to get involved. You can monitor your progress in the 20in20 Challenge on OSM. To see the badge in OSM for your Section:

  • Open OSM
  • Go to your Section if you have access to more than one
  • Go to badges and then Challenges
  • Click on Add Badges and in the search box type GLMW

You will be presented with a badge option that has the GLMW logo and 20 in 20

  • Click on Add Badge to my Challenge area.

It works just the same as any other badge and can be populated from the programme and register as well.

Map Skills Day – 22nd March 2020

Cost: Free

Ever wanted to take your Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers for an adventure in to Countryside but you were not sure about finding your way with a map? Well this is the day for you. We’ll be taking a gentle stroll in the countryside around Gerrards Cross and all the while taking a look at some simple tips and tricks for keeping you and your patrols, sixes and lodges on track. This is the low stress way of building your confidence with a map and a compass.

The day will be led by Richard Williams, County Commissioner for GLMW. For more information and to register your interest, email him at

Take a look at this flyer for timings and more. MapSkillsforLeaders


Introductory Hill Walking Weekend  in the Peak District – 16th & 17th May

Cost : £45

As a follow up to our map reading day in March, our Hill Walking weekend in May is being planned as an introductory weekend to build on basic map reading and walking skills.  The weekend is open to all you do not have to attended one of our map reading days. For details click here.

DC Support Days

Dates: Saturday 14th March 2020 (Gilwell Park) or Saturday 14th November 2020 (65 Queens Gate)

District Commissioners are invited to attend a Support Day at Gilwell Park or 65 Queen’s Gate (Baden-Powell House). The day complements the DC Induction by offering you the opportunity to meet staff from various HQ departments, and get top tips and advice by attending key workshops on various topics relevant to the DC role. There will be a chance to network with other volunteers in the same role from across the UK, and to meet and put your questions to senior volunteers and members of staff.

To book your place please visit:


Climbing Courses & Assessments

14th & 15th March Climbing/Abseiling Leader Permit Training or Refresher (artificial climbing wall). Cost: £27.50

This course is for people wishing to work towards a Climbing/Abseiling Leader permit, or for those who have a permit but are feeling a little rusty.

Please note that participants are expected to have some previous climbing experience and to be able to belay and lower safely. They should be able to pass an indoor climbing wall entrance test. If you don’t have this experience, we can arrange tuition before the course provided we are given plenty of notice.

31st May Climbing/Abseiling Permit Leader Assessment or Reassessment (artificial climbing wall). Cost: £27.50 for Climbing and Abseiling or £10 for abseiling only and £20 for climbing only.

Assessment participants must have attended a training course or previous assessment and be able to show logbook experience of assisting at climbing walls or gaining peer-practice prior to attending this assessment.

If you are interested in any of these climbing events please contact


London Scouter Choir (LSC)

Are you a Scouter, leader or helper in one of the Greater London Counties?

The first thing is to gauge the level of interest in forming the choir by emailing this
email address; With  your name, your county and singing experience if any etc. We won’t just need singers but key board players as well for rehearsal/performance purposes to start with and the idea would be to get together somewhere in Central London and go from there. If starting the London wide choir is successful, we would probably go on to forming single county choirs and then starting a young people choir the “London Scout Choir”

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