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 ...

Social Media and Scouting

Social Media is nothing to be scared of, used correctly these methods of communication can be a great asset to any Scout Group. Social media is a great way to let your parents, supporters, the local community and the World wide Scouting Family know what fantastic adventures your Group gets up to. As the media ...

Would you send someone’s mobile number to your entire list of contacts? 1

E-mail is just one of the many methods of communication used to keep people up to date. We need to remember how important a personal email address is; its as personal as a mobile phone number. Not everyone wants their email address publishing to the world, or distributed to a group of people. There are ...

First attempt at wire wool photography!

First attempt at wire wool photography!
This was my first evening of wire wool photography!

Early Morning Sun

Early Morning Sun
This was taken one Sunday morning while camping with the Scouts in October 2012.

The World in a Field

The World in a Field
A World Scout Jamboree. A place of respect, friendship, team work, beliefs, different cultures and most of all – ┬ápeace. Together we can all aim for World Peace!

Paralympic London

Paralympic London
This photo was taken during the Paralympic Games in September 2012. We were in London for Gilwell Reunion 2012, at Gilwell Park, Chingford, and we decided to have a tour around the key landmarks. This happened to include a cycle ride on a Boris Bike!

Marsden Moor after a snow fall

Marsden Moor after a snow fall
I ended up getting wet feet to get this photo, thanks to the snow for covering up the drainage ditch at the side of the road! This photo was taken in December 2011.