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Before reading the information below, please ensure you're up to date with the guidance available at scouts.org.uk/coronavirus and gov.uk/coronavirus.



The teams at World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and UK Scout Headquarters are in the process of creating Programme ideas to support Scouts at home. Check here: UK HQ and WOSM regularly.
HQ has already developed 'The Great Indoors', which features (quite literally) hundreds of activities for you to try at home. Take a look here.



These can all be done by email or telephone or Skype, either one-to-one or in conference calls. Another suggestion is to use Office 365 or G Suite for your District (if this has not been done already), which both have free plans for qualifying charities. More information can be found on the Microsoft and Google websites.



The NCVO has published some useful guidance to help Executive Committees consider how they can best support Scouts locally during this time.

Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one. Please see their guidance here.

HQ has approved an amendment to the standard constitutions in POR which allows meetings to be held remotely. also allows decisions to be made electronically. This is valid immediately and will be updated in the next update to POR, in early April. The wording is as follows:

• Electronic voting (such as email) is allowed for decision making of the County/District/Group Executive Committee and its sub-Committees when deemed appropriate by the Chair. In such instances at least 75% of committee members must approve the decision.
• The County/District/Group Executive Committee & its sub-Committees can meet by telephone conference, video conference as well as face to face in order to discharge its responsibilities when agreed by the appropriate Chair.



Following the advice to suspend all face-to-face meetings, activities and events, it's important to consider any events you may have scheduled locally, including St George's Day. 
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) have announced a special edition of Jamboree on the Internet, to take place April 3-5. Details can be found on their website. The following National events have been cancelled:
• Day of Celebration at Windsor
• Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park
• Gilwell 24



All adult training courses are cancelled for the foreseeable future but some modules can be completed online at Learning Materials.



The centre is now closed but will be open again once the current situation is over. Please see here.



The County Office is operating remotely - if you attempt to contact us via phone, your call may not be answered. Please contact Rita via email at bedscouts@btconnect.com.

The County Team is still able to offer support and each of us can be contacted by email.




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News & Blogs

Southern 50 Challenge
20/02/2020 By Martin Wesley
Our County had a great turn out at the Southern 50 Challenge last weekend. There were also people from the County running checkpoints, driving minibuses, etc. A great team effort.
For the record the County trophies are now as follows:
50km: Henlow ESU (Biggleswade)
30km: Aurora ESU (Ampthill & Woburn) 
30km: Griffin & Hydra ESUs (Falkes, Luton)
Who will win these trophies next year?


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Damboree 2020
20/02/2020 By Martin Wesley

This is just to confirm that the County Commissioner has approved the wearing of the Occasional Badge associated with this initiative which promotes getting more of our younger members to do more camping. As with all such badges, the usual time limit applies.

More details can be found at: https://www.damboree.camp


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Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike
12/08/2019 By Martin Wesley

Greater London North Scout County is once again inviting all Scout teams from across Bedfordshire to participate in the annual Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike, taking place on Saturday 12th October 2019 in the Chiltern Hills. This event is open to any member of the Scout section born after 12th April 2005. The organising committee has a brand new school for this event which will again be close to a main line railway station. Once again there will be a Junior route of about 15kms and a Senior route of about 20kms. Both routes have been popular during the past few years. This year's routes will take participants through a completely different area of The Chilterns. The online entry database is up and running via our new website www.chiltern20.org/ Last year’s event sold out so don’t delay in entering teams which will again consist of between three to five young people. Keep reading for outdoor navigation training events are being organised for adults and young people, along with resources for Scouts to work towards Skills Challenge Award plus Hikes Away Activity Badge. Kind regards Fozzy (Chris Foster) Hon Secretary Chiltern 20 Challenge Hike Chiltern 20 Navigation Training 2019 With the Chiltern 20 approaching, The County Activities Team is running a number of practical workshops to help teams improve all aspects of their navigation skills. Workshops will be held at two venues: Martins Green (next to Danemead Scout campsite) and Trent Park for those who wish to use public transport. Dates/ Time: 8th September at Martins Green, 15th September at Trent Park, 21st September at Trent Park and 28th September at Martins Green. All will begin at 10am and finish around 1pm. Locations: Martins Green car park, Cock Lane, Broxbourne EN10, OS Explorer 174 ref- TL 347 077 OR Trent Park, EN4 0PS (near Cockfosters Tube). Cost: Free What should we bring? Waterproofs, outdoor clothes, outdoor footwear, snacks, drinks and a compass. OS Explorer 174 for Martins Green OR 173 for Trent Park if you have one, we can provide maps if not. We’ll be walking roughly 5 miles maximum. Who is it for? Chiltern 20 team navigators with an adult leader. In addition to the above sessions, we may be able to run evening sessions for your group, depending on availability. Contact me on the address below and we’ll do our best to help. If you have any general enquiries regarding the workshops, or to book places, please email Asa Kitchiner, GLN Activities Team at asa.kitchiner@gmail.comNavigation Walk and Talk Workshop, 31st August 2019, Tring Station. The County Mountaineering Team is running a ‘walk and talk’ workshop in the Chiltern Hills, aimed at leaders and adult helpers, with particular emphasis on providing navigation help and support for those with teams taking part in this year’s Chiltern 20. This is a chance for a gentle stroll in some beautiful scenery with the added benefit of having one of our team along to answer any questions you may have about maps, compasses and anything else you’d like to know about navigation. You will also have the chance to practice these techniques along the way. The workshop content is completely flexible and can cover anything which will help you to develop both your navigation skills, and your ability to teach navigation techniques to your group, whatever your level of experience. We will meet at Tring railway station at 11.30am and will be back there by 4.00pm. There is ample parking at the station and the times above have been chosen to help those travelling by train. More information from Asa Kitchiner, GLN Activities Team at asa.kitchiner@gmail.com

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Well done Flitwick Scout Group!
30/07/2019 By Martin Wesley

On 19 July, Flitwick Scouts were presented with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by HM Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis. At an event held at the Rufus Centre, everyone was encouraged to try various activities ranging from learning about first aid to making and using a ballista. The event, also attended by UK Chief Commissioner for Scouts Tim Kidd, gave parents, carers and invited guests the opportunity to see the wide range of activities provided by the volunteers in the Group. When presenting the award, HM Lord Lieutenant emphasised the importance of youth organisations and the dedication given by all of the adults in the Group. Tim Kidd spoke about providing young people with skills for life from an early age and how Scouting had helped him build his confidence. He said, “It was truly a pleasure to come to this event. It’s a great Group, you should all feel proud.”

There are many more photographs at: https://flickr.com/photos/31810101@N04/sets/72157709749493932

For more details please contact Nigel Taylor: nigel.taylor14@ntlworld.com 

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