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E-NEWS BULLETIN - Monday 12th October 2015
County Conference - Saturday 24th October
Our County Conference is now less than two weeks away, and aims to inspire and prepare Hampshire Scouting Managers, Supporters and Youth Representatives for the future. 
We’ll also be briefing the audience on future activities and events, and discussing how to update the Hampshire Strategy. 
Topics will include the new programme, adventurous activities, youth-shaped Scouting, Cubs 100, generational differences, inclusion and diversity, community impact, and growing Scouting. There’ll be stalls from activity clubs and events during the lunchtime break, and highlights from this summer’s expeditions. Plus there’ll be an opportunity to ask those burning questions - and plenty of time for informal discussions
If you haven’t done so already, please register online.
Congratulations to...
* Scouts and Explorers from Basingstoke West, Basingstoke East and Silchester who assisted with the Law Sunday service at Winchester Cathedral, and provided a very smart guard of honour along with other activities to support the High Sheriff, Lady Louisa Portal, who is also District President. Plus the Scout and Explorers then went onto take part in a hike around Winchester
* Lizzie Harvey on a great QSA presentation to her Scout troop, 2nd Bentley, talking about the expedition, international expeditions, and many other adventures
* Everyone involved in the Service of Remembrance - over 100 people attended, remembering 35 scouts who have “gone home”.

* Chloe , Molly, Molly, Ashley,  Ben, Calum, Dom, George, Jamie, Max Morgan, Oliver, Peter and Toby for completing their YL training for modules B to I at the weekend. They all worked incredibly hard including delivering the Backwoods Cooking badge to 11 enthusiastic Cubs. It was a privilege to work with them and they are a great asset to their Groups.  My thanks also to Julie Mair and her team for running this course.
Good luck to…
* Hampshire Scouts Present…Stepping Out - one week now till the combined Gang Show performance at Winchester Guildhall, and rehearsals are going very well.

The Big Path Watch
The Ramblers organisation is running a map reading survey of footpaths by 1 km squares of England and Wales involving surveying on the ground and capturing the data on PC or iPhone app.
It runs until the end of the year and could well be of interest to Scouts of all ages in Hampshire.
The link to The Big Path Watch is:
Please contact me if you have any questions
Kind Regards
Rob Hannah
Footpath Secretary
Alton Group of The Ramblers
Tel: 01420 874310
Calling all Explorer leaders
Ferny Crofts are looking for more Young People to join the Gold Team.
Gold team is a group of young people ages 14-18  interested in learning and developing their skills in outdoor activities and willing to take on the challenge of running an outdoor centre.
If you have passionate, enthusiastic, outdoorsy young people in your unit, we will happily come to your Explorer meetings and explain what we do, how you can get involved and what you can get from us.
If you would like us to come to one of your meetings, then contact us on
Kind Regards
Ferny Crofts Team
T: 02380 845092
Ferny Crofts, Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7YQ
HCSC Registered Charity Number: 1015788
Creative Activities

14th Eastleigh Scout & Guide Band “The Spitfires”  Concert
‘The Spitfires’ band has been very successful over recent years, with highlights including leading the Queen Scout Parade at Windsor Castle, with The Queen and Prince Philip reviewing the parade, and also taking part in The International Tattoo held at The Birmingham Indoor Arena for a fourth year. To celebrate this they are holding a concert on Saturday 17th October at 7:30pm at the Methodist Church, Winchester Road Chandler. Tickets are available now by calling 02380 274 648 or emailing or why not check out their fb page for more details.

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 NSGSO course are now open.

NSGSO Main Orchestra and (new) NSGSO Wind Band
This year is a really exciting one for the NSGSO as we will be running an NSGSO Wind Band alongside the Main NSGSO Orchestra. So there is a choice of 2 ensembles to apply for.

The NSGSO Course 
The NSGSO meets every year for a fantastic week's course of music and activities led by professional tutors and conductor. The course will be held in Stourbridge from Sunday 24th to Sunday 31 July 2016. The week will culminate in two evening concerts in Birmingham on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July led by the Main Orchestra, with the Wind Band as Guest artists. The Wind Band will also take part in concerts in the community during the week
The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 5th December.
To see for yourself what the NSGSO course involves watch our short promotional film:  NSGSO Promotional Video
The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girl Guiding Birmingham. 
To apply for the 2016 NSGSO Course and to find out lots more detail go to:
And finally, a big BRAVO to Basingstoke Gang Show on their participation in Basingstoke Variety Show, great to see the 'Scouting Shop Window' being extended to a wider audience. And remember, Basingstoke are just one of the many Hampshire Scout Shows you can see in one place, under one roof on the 18th October. Go to for more info. Tickets now limited.

If there are any other Creative Activities you would like publicising, please let me know by emailing

Scott Marshall
County Creative Activities Advisor
Hampshire Scouts
Pro-act Lakes Trip
Hill Walking Trip - Lake District, Easter 2016
Enjoy Hill Walking? Then spend a
week doing it!

What: A week of hill walking including a night of wild camping

Where: Based from the Hope Memorial Centre in the village of
Braithwaite in the northern Lake District

When: Saturday 26th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016 with
training on the 9th January and 27th to 28th February

Who: This is predominantly a trip for older Scouts (12+), but
some Explorer places are available.

How much?
The trip costs £210 payable in two installments, £80 on
registration and the balance of £130 by 9th January

How do I join in?
Complete the registration form overleaf and return it to
the address below, you can provide your deposit by
cheque with the form, or email to obtain the relevant
bank details for transfers.

Hurry, places are limited and will be allocated on a
first come first served basis. See attached form.

Lynne French, County Skills Instructor
Dates - Thursday 29th October - Saturday 31st October (Evenings at 7.30pm plus a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm)
Venue - The Cort Theatre, Henry Cort Community College, Hillson Drive, Fareham, PO15 6PH.
Price - £8 Adults, £6 Concessions.
The jungle is jumpin’ with jazz is this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Specially adapted from the beloved film, this musical includes all your favourite Disney tunes, like The Bare Necessities, and I Wan’na Be Like You. With colourful characters and that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audiences of all ages.
If you would like any tickets for this show please email Why not arrange a group trip and come along and see this fantastic show!
Matt Swann (Chairman of FMSYT)
Scouts Speak Up Workshop
Do you know an Explorer Scout, older Scout (13+) or young adult (under 21) who is keen to promote Scouting and learn more about the media?
Are you a youth member of Scouting? You can convey first-hand the fun, challenge, adventure and global citizenship that Scouting offers.
for more information
District Commissioners Wanted
Do you think you have what it takes to be a District Commissioner or do you know someone who has?
We are looking for 3 new District Commissioner’s in the South West of Hampshire to lead, manage and grow their District into the future as we continue to provide active and adventurous Scouting to everyone involved young and those with a little more experience.
We currently have a need for District Commissioners to lead and develop their District in the following area’s New Forest West; New Forest East; Romsey
If you know anyone who would be suitable after reading the role description attached please complete the form and send it to me (details on the form).

Nomination Form

DC Role Description

Darren Reed
ACC(DS) South West Hampshire Scouting
2015 LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT WEEKEND:  Open to All DCs and GSLs in post for less than 24 months
Why:  This follows  the previous highly successful Leadership & Management Weekends (since 2011 ) for newly appointed District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders, valued by many.
How: This training does not follow the normal module format but will cover many of the objectives in a meaningful, fun and thoughtful way.
When:  21st/22nd  November 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Eastleigh. Residential only.
This weekend is open to all DC’s/DDC’s and GSL’s who have been in post for up to 24 months.
A number of applications have already been received but there are still places available.  More details will be issued over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, please notify your wish to attend to Donna Kerrigan, Director of Adult Learning on quickly to save disappointment (previous weekends were oversubscribed!).
Hampshire Scouts Expedition to Tanzania in 2017
Hi Everybody,
Hopefully, everybody has now heard about Tanzania 2017, which is open to Scouts and Explorers aged 12 and over (as of July 15).
This will be one of the largest Expeditions run by Hampshire, and the plan is to take 150 Scouts / Explorers and 45 leaders to Tanzania for 4 weeks in the summer of 2017.
The Expedition will be focused on completing community projects (such as building Schools, Medical Centres etc.), along with activities, a safari, and a mini-jamboree to celebrate 100 years of scouting in Tanzania.
We are looking for help as follows
  1. We are looking for about another 20 leaders. Please pass on to any leaders that you feel may be interested. Please visit for information and application forms. The closing date for leaders is Wednesday 30th September 2015.
  1. Applications for Scouts and Explorers (aged 12-18) is currently open. Please forward to any Explorer / Scout group. Please visit for information and application forms. The closing date for Young People is Friday 16th October 2015.
  1. We are looking for help on the selection weekend for the young people (13th – 15th November 15). The help we are looking for includes
    1. Sub Camps – teams of 3-5 adults that could run a sub camp for 30-40 young people. The sub-camps will look after the Young people overnight, and arrange the catering for the sub-camp (the young people to assist with some prep and washing up etc.). All food will be provided. Ideally, we would like the sub camp to provide the catering kit, cooking tent and shelter. Ideal for a Group of leaders, Network group, or SAS group.
    2. Activities – Any groups that can provide an activity that is fun / involves team work. We are looking at groups of up to 10 Young People, for a 30 minute period. We are happy to have groups that have a specific activity that they specialise in, or individuals that we can put together to run activities. We will be looking to have an activities sub camp, for those involved in activities to camp and eat at. Ideal for any Group of leaders, Network / SAS groups
    3. Any other adults for generic running around helping!
    4. First Aid Cover – With a predicted 200+ Young People and Adults on site, it would be great if there was a group of 2-4 that could run a First Aid Tent in case of any issues that occur over the weekend.
Sub camps and Activities will have report sheets, which will be compiled and help to use in making the decisions in the young people selection process.
For all those helping on the selection weekend, there will be no charge, and food, hot drinks / squash will be provide. Please note: The T17 is an alcohol free expedition, which will apply to all attending the selection weekend.
If you can help at the selection weekend, or have any questions, please contact us.
Thanks very much,

Julian Sore
0778 9966440
Tanzania 2017 Expedition Leader
Andover DESC
Hampshire County International Advisor


Hampshire County Cub Scout

Survival Camp 23rd – 25th October 2015

Dear ADC’s and District Representatives,
Survival Camp will be taking place again this year at Pinsent Scout Camp Site, Winchester. The booking form and other important documents are attached to this communication.
All cubs aged 91/2 or over with a minimum of 5 nights away (3 of which must be under canvas) are eligible to attend. Please remember this is not a camp for inexperienced campers it can get cold and wet and we do not want to put the young people off camping permanently.
We do not charge for leaders attending the camp but we do ask that your leaders run bases and help in other areas. If leaders do not have Nights Away Permits this is not a problem as the camp organisers have all the relevant permits your leaders just need to be DBS cleared and hold a scouting appointment (Occasional helpers may attend but they also must be DBS cleared and in addition to the leader in charge).
We are currently looking for volunteers to run bases and the areas where we have no one to cover at the moment are
First Aid (equipment will be available, but they are welcome to bring their own)
Cooking – Fire based backwoods cooking (Leader running will be responsible for providing ingredients and any suggestions for what to cook)
Mental Agility (All equipment will be provided)
All the bases require supervision for the whole of the programme time so a team of people to enable breaks is desirable. All leaders running bases will be responsible for Risk Assessing that activity prior to and during the camp (I am available to provide assistance with this on email and via my landline).
Finally booking is on a first come first served basis when maximum numbers are reached a waiting list will be drawn up, please book early to avoid disappointment. If a leader in your district is unable to attend please can other leaders in the district support each other if this is not possible please let me know before the event and we will try and accommodate the young people.
Yours In Scouting
Amanda Thompson ACCCS Hampshire
Assistant County Commissioner Cub Scouts
H: 01489 571498
District and Cluster information on the County Website
Do take a look around your Hampshire County Scout website and tell us what you need to find there. The search function really does work well and please send us any information that is missing. You may even like to join the communications team who add the posts or manage the technical side of the site.

Hampshire Scout News (HSN) Deadline 18th October 2015

It’s that time of the month again, if you have anything you would like to add to this month’s HSN, it would be great to have something on the following:
  • Cubs
  • Beavers
  • Scouts
  • Explorers
  • Network  
  • District Events
  • DofE
  • SAS
  • Camps
  • Youth Council
  • Training
  • Ferny Crofts
  • Clubs
  • New Appointments
  • Development
  • Activities
  • Media
  • Heritage
  • And anything else
Please provide photos as attachments and not in a word document.
Dropbox is available, please click here to upload and then let me know at: by Sunday 18th October 2015.
Our County Office mailing address is:
Hampshire Scouts, Ferny Crofts,
Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu,
Brockenhurst, Hampshire. SO42 7YQ
United Kingdom
Tel: 023 8084 7847
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Registered Charity Number: 1015788

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