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Young people are trying to help make Youth Shaped Scouting

Can you spot all the people from our District in this video on Facebook from the Scout Association who are trying to help create youth shaped scouting?


This was followed up by part of series of youth led events to shape the way the Scout Association is.

“#YouShape is a way for 14-25 year olds to help shape the future of youth-shaped Scouting. 120 Explorers, Network members and volunteers gathered in London, and hundreds more got involved online. You can still join in the debate by sending us your ideas, questions and comments about youth-shaped Scouting via @scouts on twitter and using the hashtag #youshape”

Hannah and Harry were involved, two Explorers from our District who have decided to help make Scouting the shape that it should be: youth shaped scouting.


Can you help? What shape do you want scouting to be #youshape ?

To find out more about how Scouting is evolving, check out Scouting 2018 and join the change, make your scouting work for you.This is one of the 208 manifesto obectives: youth shaped scouting.

By 2018:

80% of young people will be able to say they shape Scouting, feel listened to and are taken seriously.

80% of Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop their skills and have a positive impact on Scouting.

80% of adults will help young people to shape their Scouting.

How will Scouting be shaped by young people?

Practical support will be given for leaders to empower young people through the programme. Young people will be offered skills development opportunities to shape their Scouting. We’ll appoint a Youth Commissioner to ensure that young people have a voice at the most senior level of The Scout Association. National and local youth councils will be established to make real decisions that shape Scouting’s future. A digital youth strategy will identify new ways in which young people can shape what we do.

What does this mean for…

…my Area, Region or County?

Ensure that young people are at the heart of your County/Area/Region strategies and represented on key committees; consider developing a youth council.

…my District?

Ensure young people are represented in a meaningful way on District teams and are actively influencing District plans.

…my Group?

Check young people are represented in the Group Executive and that you promote the Young Leaders’ Scheme.

…my section?

Ensure that you hold regular consultations with young people in the form of Network and Unit discussions, Patrol Leaders’ forums, Sixers’ meetings and Beaver ‘log chews’.

…youth members?

Have your say about what you do in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers or Network; and if you are 14 or over, think about becoming a Young Leader.

A New District Commissioner For the District

From the County Office:

“As you will know, Jo and Richard Winslade stood down before the summer from their role as District Commissioners. I have been asked to lead the search group to find a replacement for them. I have detailed below the role of a District Commissioner and some of the responsibilities they will have. I have also detailed some of the skills needed by someone to take on the role.

Nominations for Role of District Commissioner

Nominations should be sent on the attached form to Rita Lewis at the County Office (any leader can tell you the email address) by Monday 3rd November 2014. Alternatively paper copies can be returned to the County Office, Molivers Lane, Bromham, MK43 8LD.

I would encourage you to nominate someone you think would be suitable, regardless of what you think their response would be, as we need to make sure we can talk to as many people as possible to ensure we select the right before to take the district forward. You are also welcome to nominate more than one candidate and nominations from outside the existing District Team, or even of those currently not involved in scouting, are encouraged.

Once nominations are closed we will review them with the search group below and provide a shortlist to the County Commissioner who will then interview the candidates and make an appointment. The hope is that this will be done before the end of the calendar year.”

Scouting – A Growing Movement

Scouting has once again reported that it is growing (based on 2012 and 2013 numbers) and we look forward to the national 2014 numbers coming out soon.

Quote from the Annual Report

It’s been another successful year for the Movement. Not only did we celebrate our eighth consecutive year of growth, which was achieved
through our Vision and objectives for 2012, but we began our Vision Towards 2018. This is not a major change of direction of course, but builds upon the excellent work over the past few years that has
helped make Scouting such a healthy Movement. All parts of our organisation have a role to play in achieving this.

We measure the Movement’s success by our ability to offer Scouting to increasing numbers of young people and adult volunteers. An increase of 10,000 members to 535,000 includes almost 500 new sections. The growth of teenagers in Scouting is particularly
strong and many of them go on to be Young Leaders. One particular success this year has been the increase in the number of volunteers, which bodes well for our future ability to open new sections and reduce our joining list, which despite our success continues
to grow.

We were pleased this year to see the dramatic rise of Scouting in
the Highlands and Islands. Scottish Headquarters was able to provide a programme of local development in the extremely rural communities of Lochaber and Skye, bringing Scouting to even
more young people and volunteers.

But growth is not everything; we are passionate about making Scouting available to all, particularly in those communities that are hard to reach. To this end, in England, we have partnered with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Youth United Foundation and now have projects running in Birmingham, Bradford, Burnley, Knowsley, London and Manchester. We have also used our own funds through the Development Grants Board (DGB) to pilot other exciting and innovative opportunities, for example setting up Scouting in Speke, Merseyside.

Such investments in local Scouting have been helped by the success of our commercial activities and last year our trading subsidiaries once again returned over £4m back to Scouting. This has enabled us to continue our development and programme work.

The Duchess of Cambridge continued her role as an Occasional Helper and our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, continued his visits to Scout Groups across the UK. In Northern Ireland he met over 5,000
people in just three hours, this being just over half of the Scout population. This visit may well have contributed to the 3.6% growth seen in Northern Ireland.We have maintained a high and very positive media profile during the last year, and the Duchess’ visit
to Great Tower, one of our National Activity Centres, where she took part in training activities, was one of the many highlights.

We constantly ensure that our programme remains relevant for
today’s young people, who have been heavily engaged in developing the updates to our programme that were agreed this year.
Scouts helped inspire and encourage the entire nation when they carried the Olympic Torch and volunteered at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We were the lead organisation
in lighting the Torch for the Paralympics and Scouts lit a flame at the of summit the highest peaks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Last year the first Scout Community Week took place with over 2,000 Groups involved. This year Scouts and volunteers all over the UK got into the community spirit once again and helped improve their local areas while raising money for Scouting.

With so many activities going on in Scouting it is not surprising that
accidents happen. While serious accidents and injuries are very rare,
we still make safety a priority and have increased the support offered
to our leaders to enhance our culture of safety. We continue to encourage adventurous activities that are at the core of our success.

Census results for the year ended 31st March 2012/13


  2013 Male 2013 Female 2013 Total 2012 Total
Beaver Scouts 101,152 17,030 118,182 116,743
Cub Scouts 127,912 22,913 150,825 147,983
Scouts 96,981 25,198 122,179 121,374
Explorer Scouts 28,869 11,621 40,490 38,801
Scout Network 1,464 710 2,174 2,092
Total Youth 356,378 77,472 433,850 426,993
Total Leadership 47,913 35,598 83,511 81,320
Total support 9,815 7,494 17,309 17,019
Total 414,106 120,564 534,670 525,332




ST GEORGE’S DAY 2014 Play and Promise at Milton Bryan

ST GEORGE’S DAY 2014 Play and Promise

27th April 12 Noon – 5.00pm at Milton Bryan Camp Site

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We had a packed day of activities from 12 noon until 3.30pm. . Each group had an inflatable to run for the afternoon.

Most people arrived at about 11.30am to get a briefing on running the activity so it started on time. Parents came back in time for the ‘promise’ part of the afternoon at 4.00pm.

  • Ampthill –  Junior Sumos
  • Aspley Guise – Bouncy Boxing
  • Badger Hill – Rugby Try / Inflatable Basketball
  • Barton- Junior Obstacle Course
  • Eversholt –  5 x Giant Games
  • Flitwick – bungee run / Test your Strength Punch Bag
  • Harlington – Pillow Bash
  • Thriftvale- Inflatable Crossbow
  • Toddington – Velcro football

Junior Quads, Human Table Football & Fun Snow were run by fs entertainments staff

We had a mobile climbing wall on site for all members to have a go. Most remembered clean trainers for this activity. We also had the mobile caving system from Phasels Wood on site- full of cubs all day!

There was a ‘close up magician’ on site during the afternoon to keep the Young People entertained

There was an Explorers ‘chill out’ tent on site

Brocks ESU ran a BBQ again.  Burgers and Hot Dogs were available.

There were slack line walks in the trees

Tea/coffee /juice were available for free in the AA building run by SAS (donations accepted!)

The  Big Event

We all lined up for the parade (in the field near the flag pole) arranged as ‘Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts’ with the flag bearer and 2 escorts at the front of each section for each group. The flag bearers would like to stoods around the sides. Most people forgot to bring a carrier bag for the young people to sit on during the service, so a few people got damp.

Ampthill Town Band once again be played for the service and helped lead the singing. We sang:

  1.  The National Anthem;
  2. One More Step along the World I go;
  3. He’s got the whole world in his hands;
  4. If I were a butterfly.

Many wonderful awards were presented during the afternoon with loud cheers and applause~!


And, importantly, we all renewed our PROMISES in the form we made them.

Volunteering As An Adult

A heartfelt post on the Maulden Village Site is aimed at adults in the local area who do not yet know how to go about Volunteering as an Adult in Scouting.

Does your local community have a similar opportunity to ask for specific volunteers, or maybe just raise the profile of Scouting in the local area (so that adults think of Scouting when they think of volunteering later).

Are there platforms on which you can help enhance the perception of Scouting in the minds of people who can support our Young People: financially, with skills, with time, or with facilities.

iScout, and proud of it.