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Jamboree Leaders announced!
11/08/2021 By David Moult

Bedfordshire leaders selected!


Please welcome the Bedfordshire leaders for the 25th World Scout Jamboree to Korea in 2023

Amy, Chris, Greg & Nick!



For the last fortnight, a small dedicated team have been interviewing Bedfordshire leaders for the Jamboree in Korea 2023.

It's been difficult, as there has been many great applications, conducted both in person and over Zoom.

The process included having over half of our selection team being in their teens (keeping this #YouthShaped), all bar 1 having attended a World Scout Jamboree, a mix of adult leaders and roles within the County, as well as diverse group such as members of the LGBT+ community, for example.


Well done to all those applying and thanks to the selection team for doing a sterling job



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Adult Scouting Volunteers Step up to Help Local Vaccination Centre Hit Over 14,000 Jabs!


Medici Medical Centre, London Road, Luton has been overwhelmed with the support from our local adult Scouting volunteers.

Various adults from across Icknield District have given up yet more of their precious time to help the wider community whilst still supporting young people within Scouting.

“It all started back at the start of January” says Nick Jarman, when he took his mother for her vaccination. Whilst waiting for his mum to return from her vaccination Nick started a conversation with the Operational Manager, Sarah Forster who was on the door. Whilst chatting he assisted other elderly people into the centre and engaged them in conversation whilst they waited for their turn to be called in.

‘I naturally became the ‘meet and greet’ and also began helping in the car park’ said Nick.

Other adults from Icknield Scouts have been volunteering too - Alan Wood, Group Scout Leader of Sells Seventh - Andy Reeve-Smith, Section Assistant at Riparian Explorers - Ash Chambers, Scout Leader at Warden Hill - Gareth Phillips, Section Assistant at First Luton Cubs - Ghosia Fatima-Mahmood, Secretary at Blenheim, as well as Liz Burnham, a SASU member - Sandy Reeve-Smith, Assistant Section Leader at Riparian Explorers and Nichi Chambers, Beaver Leader at Warden Hill - all regularly assisting at the Covid-19 vaccination Centres in true Scouting spirit.

After the centre saw how professional and reliable these volunteers were to them, Nick was asked if he would like to train as a vaccinator. ‘I completed the theoretical training which was about 40 hours of online learning (including 14 hours of adult/child safeguarding), I spent several half days with experienced nurses understanding the practical elements of vaccination and was "signed off" by Dr Barhey who is in charge of the entire project. I now add vaccinator to my roles at the centre. In practice this means that if I am physically there, if there is a peak demand, if there is a vaccinator who needs to leave or who cannot attend, there is flexibility.’.

The Scouting team have been phenomenal in their vital support in these difficult times and despite being outside in all weathers they have remained a cheerful team to welcome in the public.

Group Operations Manager, Sarah Forster says she very much values every one of these volunteers and their contributions and that her relentless asking of help is always responded to cheerfully with them continuing to come in each day.


(Photo: from left to right - Gareth Phillips, Cub Section Assistant at First Luton Sea Scouts - Ash Chambers, Scout Leader, Warden Hill - Alan Wood, Group Scout Leader, Sells Seventh - Nick Jarman, Appointments Secretary, Icknield District)


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Launched today! – Programmes for All

Hi Scouters!
We are really excited to announce the launch of our Spring into Scouting Challenge built using our new online Programme Hub.
This new support service is brought to you based on feedback from leaders across the East of England like you. 
The Programme and Perception teams from across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk have been working hard to bring you this easy-to-use Programme resource for use during and after the pandemic! 
We have designed two ways for accessing hundreds of programme ideas: 

Spring into Scouting Challenge  

Out of the box 

Programme Hub 

Pick and mix 

The Challenge offers a weekly activity idea that can be shared with your young people or used as a part of your weekly programme of Virtual Scouting. All the activities will be themed around Spring and can also be used towards badgework for each Section. There will be a special 'Spring into Scouting' badge available too. The programme launches very soon and will run every Monday for 6 weeks when an activity will be posted for each section.  

If you’d prefer to put your own programme together you can select specific activities using a programme search engine to find exactly what you’re looking for. 

The hub is packed with great online, home assignment and socially distanced programme ideas for you to choose from.  

Available at www.eastofenglandscouts.org.uk 

Check out our East of England Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages!



We really hope that you join us with this challenge and look forward to seeing all of the young people’s efforts. Watch out for more news very soon! 


Best Wishes,  

The East of England Scouts Perception Team 


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Census 2021
22/02/2021 By Martin Wesley
Adult Support Scout Crafts

What a surprise! Yes, our numbers have gone down over the past year (just over 20%) due to lockdown but some Groups and Units have grown in size. Well done to all the Leaders involved in not just keeping current members but attracting in new ones.

There have been lots of problems with maintaining an active programme and many of us are now experts at Zoom. However, there are still lots of non-Zoom possibilities:









We now know that the end of lockdown is in sight and that face-to-face Scouting will then be able to resume. I am confident that we will then see a surge in youth membership. Who knows, we might even reverse the 20% drop seen this past year.

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In memory of Captain Sir Thomas Moore
11/02/2021 By David Moult

In memory of Captain Tom from all of us at Bedfordshire County Scouts.

Thank you Captain Tom for being YOU we will always remember you and your spirit!


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