Jamboree – A Year On

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Last summer, we embarked on a journey to West Virginia, USA to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

The Jamboree is an internal event that happens every four years, the aim is to bring Scouts from across the world together to celebrate their cultures. Going on this trip changed our lives, it grew our confidence and our independence.  The 24th World Scout Jamboree brought 50000 Scouts from around the world to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, so many countries attended, too many to list, here’s a map if you want to check them out. 

Whilst the Jamboree was an opportunity to improve our self-confidence and better our skills with people, we also made some of the most incredible friends, and learned extensively about various cultures and languages! We believe the Jamboree is vital for young people to develop as individuals and gain influence from masses of intelligent, and well-natured young people and to gain the confidence they need to pursue opportunities later on in life!

A year has passed since we left to go to America , upon this anniversary, memories are flooding back, our leaders weren’t joking about the Jamboree blues.

During the Jamboree, we met lots of people from lots of different countries. We didn’t get the culture shock that most UK contingents get when they attend a Jamboree however, we were quite surprised at the culture gap between ourselves and people from other countries. Not only was there a language barrier but there were different traditions and different ways of thinking and approaching problems. It was an amazing thing to see and be a part of.

As Scouts, our leaders provide us with skills for life. One of these skills is peace making. By being a Scout, you’re able to connect with over 50 million other people from around the world through the fact that we all have at least one thing in common, other than being human beings, it really is something special.

We would like to thank everyone who supported us, we’re truly grateful. Scouting is a catalyst for positive change and it all starts when two cultures meet. The Jamboree is important because it delivers change around the world, change that everyone wants to see.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Charlotte, Erin & George

jamboree@wyrescouts.org.uk

Search for a New Group Scout Leader for 1st Carleton Scouts

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1st Carleton has been operating without a Group Scout Leader for the past nine months since Nicky Dennison stood down from this role to focus on delivering a great programme in the Scout section. We would like to thank Nicky and the fantastic team of volunteers who have worked together to ensure that the group has continued to operate successfully, offering a fantastic set of opportunities to young people in the area.

We are now looking for a highly motivated volunteer who can support the adult volunteers at 1st Carleton and can lead the group to an even more successful future.

For the full vacancy letter from our District Commissioner, Jon Minshull, please click here.

For the application pack, please click here.

For the nomination form, please click here.

District Appointments

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It is with great excitement and pleasure, after an open search process, we can announce the following District Appointments within Wyre Scouts:

Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts) – Nicky Dennison

District Explorer Scout Commissioner – Andrew Truelove

District Youth Commissioner (from November 2020) – Luke Thornton

Assistant District Commissioner (Adventurous Activities) – Geoff Lyons

Assistant District Commissioner (Events) – Keith Parkinson

District Supporter – Alan Shipway

District Supporter for Internal Communications and Branding – George Brightman

 

We hope you will join us in congratulating them on their new roles and we wish them the best of luck in providing Skills For Life to nearly 1000 young people!

 

You can read the full letter, from our District Commissioner, here, or download a copy here.

Appointment of an Acting Group Scout Leader at 2nd Cleveleys Scouts

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We are delighted to inform you that Kim Williams has been appointed as Acting Group Scout Leader for 2nd Cleveleys Scouts. Kim will take up this role immediately, filling a vacancy that the group has had for some time. You can download the letter of appointment from our District Commissioner, here.

IMPORTANT: Update regarding Coronavirus regarding the Live Wyre Gang Show

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It is with deep regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the Live Wyre Gang Show 2020 due to the developing Coronavirus pandemic. We are immensely proud of all the hard work all the young people and adults involved in the show have put in, but unfortunately this decision is essential following national guidance. We are 100% committed to putting on an enjoyable and exciting show this year and the team will be updating you as soon as we have alternative dates.

Live Wyre Gang Show Website

Wyre District Scouts – Coronavirus Update

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Dear all,

Following the message last night from Tim Kidd (UK Chief Commissioner) and tonight from Craig Dewar-Willox (County Commissioner) explaining that all face to face meetings, activities, events and camps must be suspended until further notice we wanted to provide you with some more local updates.

Impact on District Events

  • We have taken the decision to postpone the Live Wyre Gang Show 2020 until further notice. We are immensely proud of all the hard work all the young people and adults involved in the show have put in, but unfortunately this decision is essential following national guidance. We are 100% committed to putting on an enjoyable and exciting show this year and Andi and the team we will be updating you as soon as we have alternative dates.
  • The upcoming Chief Scouts Bronze & Silver Awards Presentation Evening will be postponed until a later date. It is important to us that the young people in the district are recognised for their achievements and we will look to celebrate with those who have achieved the top awards in Beaver and Cubs at a future date.
  • Our annual St. George’s Day celebrations which was due to take place in Pilling this year will be postponed. An event will be arranged later in the year to bring the district back together formally and also celebrate and say thank you to Ian following his fantastic 10 years of service as District Commissioner in Wyre.
  • We are currently working to understand the implications of the guidance to the upcoming Wyre District Ireland International trip. Further information will be communicated in due course.
  • The Full Leaders Meeting scheduled for the 21st April will take place however we will take the opportunity to utilise technology instead of a face-to-face meeting. Details of how to join this meeting will be sent out in early April.
  • All Wyre District Training courses will be postponed until further notice. We will be working with Caroline Dugdale (Local Training Manager) and Joan Swann (County Training Manager) to find alternative ways to provide training provision to the adult volunteers during this period.

Planning Scouting Activities

In Wyre, we feel that it is important to help give young people an element of normality through this period and there is no better way to do that than by Scouting. While it is a change to undertake our Scouting virtually, and not all in one place, it offers us a great chance to do things differently, try some new ideas and innovate.

To aid this, along with the County Team, we will be meeting (virtually) with the District Team in the coming weeks to look at ideas at how we can support you in your roles. This may include some programme ideas and also how we can share good ideas across the district!

Stay Safe!

As you are aware, the decision was taken to suspend face-to-face activities following the latest advice from Government and in response to constantly evolving challenges. As a Wyre Scouting family, it is important for us to keep an eye on the guidelines being shared nationally but more importantly look after each other where we can.

Best wishes,

Ian Porteous & Jon Minshull 
District Commissioner & District Commissioner Elect
Wyre District 

IMPORTANT: HQ Statement Regarding COVID-19 on 16/03/2020

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