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This inspirational documentary from Bear Grylls features Harry Smith who is Ampthill & Woburn's Youth Commissioner. Harry talks about how much Scouting has helped him in his life - an excellent example of just how powerful Scouting is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=335lUYvacgs

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Scouting joins the fight against COVID 19
27/04/2020 By Martin Wesley

Scouting has always played a role in times of national crises and this occasion is no exception. 

Within 12 hours of the call going out for assistance the Leighton-Linslade Scout District had mobilised 20 volunteers and opened two of its Scout HQ to receive donations for the vulnerable. In addition the 1st Leighton Buzzard Scout HQ was deep cleaned and put at the disposal of the local government resilience forum.

After 48 hours scout leaders delivered much needed food parcels and since then have been responsible for the daily delivery of between 15-20 vital prescriptions, the reception of 30 crates of food donations, £150 in cash and the delivery of 1000 Easter Eggs.

Scouting is playing its part ,as it always has, and was proud to learn that others still value Scouting, labelling their performance as “ amazing “ at a recent resilience meeting.

Andrew Goddon Leighton Linslade District Commissioner said:

Baden Powell urged us all to “ Be Prepared” and to “ Help other People”  and the Scouters of Leighton Linslade have risen to his challenge and will continue to do so for as long as they are needed.

 

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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.

 

PROGRAMME

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.

 

LOCAL MEETINGS

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.

 

GOVERNANCE

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.

 

EVENTS

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

 

TRAINING

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

 

LESLIE SELL ACTIVITY CENTRE

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

 

COUNTY TEAM

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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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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