Winter Camp – Hawkhirst 1

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 team 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 ...

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). Scouting 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 –  peace. Together we can all aim for World Peace!

Sunrise Ceremony!

Sunrise Ceremony!
This is one of the most memorable moments for me from the 21st World Scout Jamboree, held in Chelmsford, UK, during Scouting’s Centenary in 2007. 40,000 Scouts from around the world gathered together for a live link up to Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, UK, where the then Chief Scout, Peter Duncan, led the mass promise ...