From the Group Scout Leader: April 2-14

 

This is the first of a new update bulletin from the Group Scout Leader!

It’s been 6 months since I took on my role, time has gone so quickly! Over the last 6 months, I have seen how thriving our group is, supported by enthusiastic volunteers who are not afraid of a challenge! My main task so far has been to ensure our Scouting is safe; we have developed a new risk assessment, and installed some high-tech smoke detectors!

Currently we are trying to start claiming gift aid on subs, which is worth 25p per £1 you give in subs. Potentially it means at least an extra £1000 per year to spend on activities and equipment for our young people! Download the form and return it to us: http://2ndpenrithscouts.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Gift-Aid-Jan-2013.pdf Also, in development is a group newsletter, keeping you up to date with everything that is going on at 2nd Penrith!

I have been delighted to attend the Beavers end-of-year presentations, with lots of Chief Scout Awards being presented. Our Beaver and Cub sections took part in the annual district swimming gala, where we won overall Beaver section winners. The cubs had a ‘sleepover’ at the hut, camping out in the grounds. I have also, been helping out with Scouts on a regular basis, supporting the leaders in their roles.It was great to see so many parents and young people at our Pancake & Quiz night earlier on this year, I had good feedback from many people who went. Well done to the winning team!

We are also seeing some changes in roles throughout the group. We are welcoming Phil, a new section assistant to scouts. Cath, is stepping down as treasurer, after many years hard work, to concentrate on the beavers. Sharon is stepping down as secretary, to take on a more flexible Group Exec. member role. Our Scout Leaders Stuart and Lydia are taking on a more flexible role, due to work and family committments. This does leave some volunteer vacancies within the group, just waiting to be filled! Hopefully, we should be able to fill these roles before the end of the summer. All of our roles can be flexible, and are open to anyone, including parents (over 1/3 of our leadership team are parents of former scouts).

We have seen the successful implementation of the parent rota system within the Beaver section. This has helped the leaders enormously, and they can now do more activities with them than ever before! After April we will be introducing the parent rota into scouts, to help support the section whilst we find permanent leaders.

Sainsburys Active Kids: Don’t forget to keep collecting the vouchers, to help get us more valuable equipment for the group!

Mike