Dc’s Update November 2016

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Dc’s Update November 2016

2 November 2016

I last wrote this in the summer and now we are into the autumn and thinking of Remembrance Sunday and Christmas!

Most scout groups went camping during the summer and the scout district canoe camp in June saw 84 scouts and Explorers on the water.

Great Sutton Beavers held a very successful sleepover in their headquarters which they combined with activities at Ness Gardens.  Four cub packs have also held sleepovers this term. These have been great fun and have helped complete badge work for the Silver Challenge awards.

Rob Smith and 1st Sutton cubs went to Northern Ireland in August to help celebrate the 100 years of cub scouting. I went with Bonita, our cub ADC and Richard, our District Leader Training Manager to join them and we all had a really good time.

Our network section, 18 to 25s, is gradually growing and in September joined explorers and went to the Mersey Moot.

Plans are in place now for the cubs to re-new their promise at Chester Zoo on December 16th at 7.16pm. Celebrations for 30 years of Beavers have been going on all year and they held a party, complete with large cake, in October.

At the end of the summer term Woodlands and Meadow schools invited us to do a scout activity as part of their “University days” This was used as a recruitment opportunity especially for the new group at Capenhurst. This has now started and has about 10 members. It is being run as a joint beaver and cub group and meets in Capenhurst Village Hall on a Wednesday evening. The district is grateful to United youth who provided valuable support at the beginning.

Our training manager, Richard Johnson has been busy running training courses and validating modules. We have several new leaders and our cub ADC and our Explorer scout Commissioner both achieved their commissioner wood badges. Our Young leaders have also taken part in a training weekend.

My husband and I were delighted to represent the district at the wedding of George Boole. He was a very active leader and went on to become our president. He is now a vice president.

I have now completed eight years as District Commissioner and feel the time has come to stand down so I hope to hand over to someone else in May 2017 at the District AGM. I will be sorry to go as I have enjoyed my time. If you would like to nominate someone for this role please contact me or the County Commissioner.

Future events include the scout “rest-a-while” annual competition, the Carol service on December 13th and the Honours evening on February 3rd at the civic Hall. I look forward to seeing you at some of these events.
Sue Goddard (District Commissioner for EP&N)