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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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Before reading the information below, please ensure you're up to date with the guidance available at and



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

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




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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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