Winter Camp – Hawkhirst

Winter Camp - Hawkhirst
Scout Adventures runs Winter Camp at two locations, Gilwell Park and Hawkhirst. Over the last two years, I’ve been a volunteer on the communications and content┬áteam at Hawkhirst, trying to capture the fun and adventure in a very cold Northumberland. We’ve been very lucky over the last two years, both year’s we’ve had Snow! 2015 ...

What’s going on?

Well, I’ve realised it’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog over here. May 2015 was my last post about Big Camp, and before then April 2014! It’s been very busy, with changes both in Scouting and at Work. Work: In September 2014, I moved to our Head Office in Leeds, where ...

A Great Big Weekend of Fun and Adventure!

A Great Big Weekend of Fun and Adventure!
The first bank holiday in May saw over 6000 Scouts from across the North come together in Harrogate for West Yorkshire Scouts – The Big Camp 2015. As a member of the media team, here’s just a few of my favourite photos that I took that weekend. To view my full collection, please visit my ...

Scouting Changes Lives, FACT! 1

Scouting Changes Lives, FACT!
I’ve been in Scouting since I was a Beaver, Scouting is a huge part of my life. This blog post looks at the international aspect of Scouting. It all started back in 2006, I did something that… (it may sound cheesy), but… I did something that changed my life. Not being one of the most ...

Volunteering… sometimes it just makes you feel excited, valued and proud! 5

I’ve been volunteering in Scouting for nearly 13 years! (nearly 9 as an adult and 4 years as a young leader).┬áScouting has given me many things, from life changing experiences to learning new skills, who I am, is all down to Scouting! However, nothing prepared me for what happened last weekend. Sitting, waiting, praying the ...

eSafety: Not everything you see online is real!

One of the most important lessons you can teach young people, and some adults, is that not everything you see online is real! I’ve heard many times before that people 100% believe what they read on Wikipedia, now there is a lot of useful content over there, but you have to remember anyone and everyone ...

Project: Together we can change lives! 1

Scouting is a charity, all the leaders are volunteers, volunteers who commit a huge amount of time to helping young people get the most of out life. 4th Golcar provides fun and adventure to over 200 young people each and every week, but a lack of adult support was a growing concern for both the ...

eSafety, Blocking search terms, blocking adult content – Will our young people then be safe online? 1

Well, what a week! I spent the weekend in Daventry with other adults in Scouting from across the UK, discussing eSafety and how as an organisation we can further empower our young people to make the best decisions in the online world. Together it was very much decided that we have to push CEOP’s (Child ...

Should you be an online ‘Friend’ with young people in Scouting?

When working with young people there will always be a ‘relationship’ formed; a relationship of trust, a connection, a friendship. Young people will look up to their leaders, they will feel they can talk to them should they need any advice or have any concerns, they trust their leaders to help them when they are ...

Photography not allowed! Due to Safeguarding? 2

Well, it’s a discussion that appears almost weekly, and it’s one myth that most definitely needs challenging. “You can’t take photos of young people.” “Photos of Scouts can’t be posted online!” “You can’t publish an individual photo of a young person.” “P.O.R. says no photos” They are all comments that I have seen thrown about ...