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Scout Network allows 18 to 25 year-olds who have an interest in both Scouting and their own personal development, and ultimately want to have fun, the opportunity to do so.


So why join Scout Network

When you reach 18 life starts to look a bit different. Often more opportunities and responsibility present themselves. This means that your scouting life needs to be flexible to fit in with how life maybe changing.

The Network is the perfect community for 18-25 year olds to continue Scouting or start their Scouting journey and join 20,000+ other members who are independently or working together on projects and events around adventure, international and community.

Scout Network members take part in a variety of activities, which they undertake and organise themselves with the support of a Scout Network Leader.

Example activities include:

Abseiling, award work, bowling, camping, circus skills, climbing, cooking, games, go-karting, gorge walking, hiking, pioneering, shooting and water sports.


So what are projects and events?

A project should have an impact beyond the immediate team who are working on the project. For a project to be successful the series of tasks need to be planned well, there should be a result/outcome, efficient resources and a timeline.

An event is a single activity that can take place at any given time; an event could be taking part in a climbing session. You may be inspired by this activity and decide to turn it into a project by hosting a weekend climbing session for local schools in your area. You can find out more about project and events here. The flexibility of doing events and projects is you can work on these at a time, place and  pace that suits you!


Joining

Young adults aged between 18 and 25 are eligible to register as Scout Network members, subject to a satisfactory criminal records check.


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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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