Southampton City Scouts News

Return to Face-to-Face Scouting

Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2020

We can now confirm what face to face Scout activity is allowed when England comes out of lockdown this week.

From the beginning of Wednesday 2 December all tiers in England will be in Amber for youth provision, for those under the age of 18.

The Government and the National Youth Agency have confirmed that youth clubs and activities will be permitted at all three tiers in England, as services such as Scouts are essential to the development and wellbeing of young people, and should continue wherever possible.

As a reminder this means:

  • You can meet with up to 15 young people (aged under 18), plus 5 adults.
  • The session can take place outdoors or indoors, but must be socially distanced.
  • Face coverings should be worn by anyone of Scout-age plus when indoors. Adults delivering an activity to young people aren’t required to wear a face covering.

However, face to face programme activities for members of Scouts who are over 18 is in Red everywhere in England – this means that there can be no face to face section meetings for Network. Other volunteers over the age of 18 can meet in-line with restrictions in your tier for adults meeting together, to carry out essential volunteering tasks like campsite or building maintenance.


Awards for Adults in 2020

Posted on Sunday, November 29th, 2020

Scouting always likes to acknowledge the contribution of our leaders, even if they don’t ask for it. So congratulations to the following who received long service awards, recognition awards and completed their wood-badge training in the past year.


Southampton City District has a new District Youth Commissioner!

Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Hi, I’m Lloyd Pearson and I am the new District Youth Commissioner for the Southampton City District! I’m sure you have lots of questions so let’s get straight into them:

Q: Who are you?

A: So, for those in the district who don’t know me yet, I am an enthusiastic scout who takes on any challenge that comes my way. I’m currently an Assistant Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata and an Explorer Leader at Kraken Explorers (Who meet at the 14th). I’m also an active member of the Southampton City Network and have been since I was 18. In the past I’ve also been heavily involved in Southampton SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) and even sat on the National SSAGO exec for a year.

Q: What’s a District Youth Commissioner?

A: A district youth commissioner is someone whose role it is to encourage youth involvement in decision making in the scout district. This breaks down into 3 key areas: Youth Shaped Programmes, Developing Young People, and Embedding Young People in Local Decision Making.

Q: So how do you do that?

A: For youth shaped programmes, I will engage section leaders across the district and encourage and help them to run programmes that are shaped by the young people, whether that be beavers giving simple feedback on things they’ve done or want to do, all the way up to scouts holding patrol leader forums or explorers running their own programmes. To develop young people, I and the district, shall ensure that they have the training they need to excel at roles they take on, whether that be as a patrol leader, explorer taking part in a committee, or a network member who’d like to join an exec. Lastly, for embedding young people into local decision making, we want to get young people as involved as possible in actually making the decisions that are made as a district, to do that we’ll be hosting a district youth council where explorers and scouts will be able to attend and make their views heard, we’ll be encouraging group execs to consider bringing more young people onto the team and lastly we’ll be putting together a youth team who will be getting actively involved in making new and exciting things happen, like running new competitions or activities they’d like to see.

Q: Tell me more about that youth team!

A: I’m glad you’re so excited about it, imaginary interviewer, as I certainly am. The district youth team is going to be a really exciting opportunity for Explorers and Network members in the Southampton District. There will be a rep from every Explorer unit (Enterprise, Griffin, Kraken, Phoenix and Young Leaders), a Network Rep and a rep from SSAGO. The Explorer units and Network will also gain a second rep in the year after to make sure that everyone always has someone they can ask for help when they join the team and we’ll rotate the reps every year after. If that sounds a bit confusing here is a diagram to help.

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Q: So what exactly will this team do?

A: So, this team will visit the local scout groups and their sections to help the leaders develop their youth shaped programmes. They will hold meetings to discuss things that are raised on the district exec. Plan events to develop their organisation skills. Attend the county youth council and much much more.

Q: When will this team be formed?

A: I’ll be looking to get members elected to this team from the respective units in January and February next year, so if you’re an Explorer or Network Scout in the Southampton City District keep an eye out for news then.

Q: So, exactly how excited should I be right now?

A: Very!


Bear Grylls: Why Scouting Is So Powerful

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2020

This is a documentary following Bear Grylls – the public face of the scouts in the UK, and the youngest ever Chief Scout – as he explores the stories of some of the scouting heroes, who demonstrate exactly why Scouting is such a powerful force for good.


Hampshire ‘Camp at Home’ challenge

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

The Hampshire Camping challenge has been adapted for camping at home. To get the camping challenge badge with #hscampathome you simply have to ‘camp’ a certain number of nights before the end of the year.  Any nights can count from January. 

We will also accept ‘camping’ indoors, maybe in a den you have built or a pop up tent. Sleeping in your bed doesn’t count! There will be a prize for the most interesting place.

This challenge is now open to Beavers (min 3 nights), Cubs (min 6 nights), Scouts (min 9 nights), Explorers, Network and Leaders (min 12 nights). Section leaders can complete with their section (I.e. do same number of nights) if they wish.

There are some ideas for extra Scouting challenges that can do done while camping to get the badge, plus some additional ideas for virtual camps:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=10OFb5SdFfgXsgXSVXyrIDiqlCPxQXEOL

Here are ideas on where you can camp:
* Camp in your garden
* Hammock or bivouac
* Under a table or bed
* Set up your tent indoors without pegs* Sleep in the bath tub
* Sleep in the under stairs cupboard

You can sign up as an individual (Explorer, Network & Leaders only) or leaders can sign up a section. Please note that virtual certificates will be presented and badges will be available for purchase for approx £2 for Beavers, Cubs & Scouts via leaders. Explorer, Network and Leaders will be provided by the County team.

More information and sign up
Queries: camping@hsawards.org

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What is SSAGO?

Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2020

We’ve just updated our webpage about SSAGO! Thats Southampton Student Scout and Guide Organisation! To find out more, take a logo at our SSAGO page


We’re celebrating St George’s Day online!

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Hampshire Scouts and non-members are invited to join us online to celebrate St George’s Day as a county!Our live stream will take place on Thursday 23rd April – link to follow – which shall include the big clap to recognise our valued key workers.


The Great Indoors: 100+ stay-at-home activities to help your kids learn new skills over the next few weeks and months.

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/


Important coronavirus update – 16 March

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Dear all,
I’m writing to share critical pieces of information relating to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This email follows my previous communications with volunteer managers over the past few weeks.
Late [yesterday] afternoon, the Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.

Suspension of face-to-face activities
Given this guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults and will be until further notice.
We must continue to respond to the developing situation in a calm, measured and appropriate way. We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.

Government advice
The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage
 is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Events
Given the latest Government guidance, we are cancelling the following events : Day of Celebration at Windsor Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park, Gilwell 24
We will be communicating to specific audiences about these event cancellations over the next week. We’d ask that you wait for this information to be sent out rather than contacting us immediately, due to the volume of enquiries we are currently receiving.

Event organisers
If you or your team are involved in organising any future Scout events, you will now need to review these plans and risk assessments given this new guidance.

Jamborees and other large events
If applicable, we suggest you regularly check the websites of relevant large-scale events, for example, Jamborees and camps, for specific updates from the organisers.

European Jamboree
The organisers of the European Jamboree 2020 in Poland have shared this update and continue to add to their frequently asked questions on the changing situation here. If applicable, please continue to monitor these updates.

Scout trips abroad
We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed.

Travel insurance
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover. If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.

Scout Information Centre
The Scout Information Centre will only be able to deal with emails and web chat until further notice. As you can imagine, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of enquiries at the moment, so please use the Government guidance as your primary reference where possible.

Keeping you updated
The Government have now committed to daily briefings. So we can keep you up to date, we have created a webpage: scouts.org.uk/coronavirus which we’ll update from tomorrow.

Doing our bit
I think we all agree that it’s in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don’t put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks.

Scouting at home
We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon.

Thank you
As always, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe.

Best wishes,
Tim Kidd
UK Chief CommissionerScouts


Gone Home: Chris Lade

Posted on Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Chris Lade was a member and later Scout Leader at the 11th for a number of years and one of the original Leaders at the very first Summit weekend at Yr Hafod in 1972 after also being a leader in 1969 on the Pennine Way, the start of continuous mountaineering in Southampton West District.

Chris emigrated to Canada about 40 years ago where he married and raised his family but always maintained a keen interest in Southampton Scouting. He will be remembered by many of the older members of the District. Chris sadly died on Saturday 14th March after a long illness, he was 72.