DC’s Update June 2015

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DC’s Update June 2015

11 June 2015

Dc’s Update June 2015

My last update was in the middle of winter in February and we are now supposedly in the summer! A lot has happened since this. The beavers held their annual Challenge Competition in February and Dee won. Dee went on to represent the district at the county competition and came third.

1stWillaston Beaver Colony completed the World Challenge award. They donated money to sponsor 12 under privileged children from the Maria Immaculata School in Nairobi, providing them with uniforms to enable them to join the Scout troop.

The 8th cub pack represented the cubs at the county Handicraft competition and the cubs have also held a district football competition. Burton won this.

The scouts and explorers took part in the Cheshire hike. Willaston won the junior and intermediate district trophies and Great Sutton the senior. I think they all enjoyed it despite the blisters!

Several training courses have been put on for Young Leaders including a de-fibulator training evening.

Jamboree is getting even closer and two of our representatives have taken “Japan in a box” round to some groups. They are all getting excited about going to Japan and have worked hard at their fundraising.

1st Sutton is well into their fund raising for a new headquarters and held a very successful race night. There is still a long way to go. They also hosted some Irish cubs at Easter and they all had a good time.

We held the St George’s day Celebrations at 1st Sutton. Our service was held out of doors and the weather was kind to us. We also had a barbeque and campfire.

Several long service awards and a wood badge were presented.

Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT) took place at Thurstaston with groups coming from all directions! Some were even on bikes and again the sun shone!

Our AGM was held on May 12th at the Burleydam and was well attended. Val Thomason represented county. We presented the Burleydam with a thanks certificate for allowing us to use their meeting rooms.

Scout Sunday was held on June 7th in brilliant sunshine and our turn out was the second biggest in the county. We paraded through Chester to the Cathedral where there was a service. We were lucky enough to be behind one of the bands so this helped with the marching!

The census numbers were down by 6 which were disappointing and don’t reflect the excellent scouting that is going on all over the district. However we have now started a recruitment drive and have been into 4 different schools. This will continue in September. We have gained several new leaders but could do with more.

Richard, our local training manager has run several courses including an introduction to the “refreshed badge system”. This is causing some problems and a lot of work as there is more to do in order to gain the Chief Scout Awards. We have until September to change over to the new system.

Compass, our new data base system is still under construction and has made record keeping and administration very difficult. Hopefully it will be back on line soon.
Sue Goddard (District Commissioner for Ellesmere Port and Neston)

Future events

Sept 20th cub and beaver science day,

3rd to 11th October Community week

Oct 16th to 18th Young Leader training