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Created on Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:24
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Our National Conference was held this weekend in Hinkley, Leicestershire. Over 300 delegates, including County Commissioners, young adults and national Trustees, gathered to discuss the theme ‘Bringing our vision to life’.
The weekend began with a reflection on UK Scouting’s journey over the last 10 years and the work left to do as we move towards achieving the Vision Towards 2018. Alan Craft (Chair of the National Board of Trustees), Wayne Bulpitt (UK Chief Commissioner) and Derek Twine (CEO, The Scout Association) were chaired by broadcaster and journalist Nadine Dereza as they kicked off the debate.
A highlight of the conference was a powerful speech by our new Scouting ambassador Phil Packer MBE. His talk about his own personal journey and the importance of supporting young people received a standing ovation.
Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King delivered the conference’s keynote speech. He spoke of his own experience of transformational journeys and the crucial importance of leadership in an organisation. Sharing his top 10 tips for success, Justin praised the impact that Scouting has on communities. He said: ‘You can’t get through life without knowing there’s more to life – and that’s what Scouting offers to young people’.
Call to action
The conference continued with a series of sessions on how to deliver the various strands of the Vision Towards 2018. Throughout the discussions, delegates submitted their thoughts and comments to the chair. This valuable feedback was then collated by the conference team and used to inform follow-up debate.
Wayne Bulpitt closed the conference with a strong call to action: ‘Society recognises the role we play in changing the lives of young people...[now] we have to work together to achieve the Vision, and continue to offer the life-changing experiences of Scouting.’
Created on Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:06
GB5SOS was the call sign ringing out around the world from the 35th Sheffield (St Oswald’s) Scout HQ (The Ossies) for the 55th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).
The Jamboree on the Air is an annual event in which half a million Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio. Short-wave radio signals carry their voices to virtually any corner of the world.
The use of amateur radio means that many Scouts get the opportunity to discover the skills of wireless radio techniques and electronics. JOTA is also the only event that offers each individual Scout the opportunity to speak to other Scouts across the world.
Stewart Butler, The South Yorkshire Scout County Radio Adviser said “it was great to see so many young people speaking with others in the world-wide family of Scouts. JOTA is a great opportunity to have a go with short-wave radio as well as helping us understand the global nature of Scouting”
Over the weekend of October 20th and 21staround 100 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and families had the opportunity to talk with others connected to the Scout Movement. With the help of Sheffield Amateur Radio Club (SARC) contact was made all over England, Scotland, Greece, Canada, USA and New Zealand, as well as contact being made with one of the Ossies’ visiting Leader’s home country of Japan.
On Saturday evening, SARC training officer, Trevor Wood, showed, the older Explorer Scouts the basic Morse Code and helped them send messages using their home made Morse buzzer whilst on Sunday, many of the Beaver Scouts learnt to spell their name in Morse Code.
Peter Day, Secretary of SARC said “the contacts took many minutes to complete and sometimes over half an hour or so when there were several young people waiting for a turn to send greetings messages. I believe all involved had a memorable experience of Amateur Radio with many making their first ever Amateur radio contact”.
Sticking with the international theme, Scouts, Radio operators and families enjoyed a bring and share supper of nachos, garlic bread, pizza, hummus, crudités and other delights, whilst on Sunday a French lunch of baguettes, cheese and pâté was enjoyed by all!
The Scouts swapped stories about their favourite Scout games, foods, sleepovers and camps whilst leaders and parents shared their experiences of supporting the Scouting Movement. With more than a dozen Explorer Scouts staying over night, the contact went through the night all over the world!
Organiser and Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, Dean Maragh “was delighted that so many people from different local Scout groups had enjoyed this rare experience to talk with other members of the Scout movement using the skills, resources and expertise of SARC, it was truly a fun, ‘Learning by doing’ event will all looking forward to next year!”
Created on Saturday, 13 October 2012 15:23
South Yorkshire Scouts Sport Makers – 14th November 7pm - 9pm @ English Institute of Sport Sheffield
Have you been inspired by the amazing 2012 summer of Sport? Are you aged 16 or over? Are you free on the 14th November 7 - 9pm?
South Yorkshire Sport are offering for anyone over the age of 16 to be part of the Olympic legacy programme and complete a free Sport Makers two hour training course where all participants will receive a free Adidas t-shirt and Adidas bag.
Interested? Visit the website to find out more and register! View the Sign Up section on the home page and select South Yorkshire and complete a quick profile. Go to 'find a local Sports Maker event' select 'SY Scouts Sport Makers' and input the access code 'Scouts'.
Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:26
Well done to all South Yorkshire Scouts who took part in the Scouts Speak Up event at the Labour Conference on Sunday 30 September in Manchester. They debated topics ranging from education to the recession and gave their views to local MPs. Many of our young people featured on pictures on the face book page of the Scout Association and on the main website! Do you want to hear more about their experience? Look out for a guest blog shortly on Bruce's Blog!
Keep up to date with all available opportunities both locally and nationally on the youth involvement webpage of the County website.
Created on Sunday, 19 August 2012 15:18
Jessica Ennis, winner of the Women's Heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympics was given a Civic Reception on Friday 17th August. There were over 10,000 people in Barker's Pool, which had been turned golden in her honour, to welcome her home to Sheffield. A smaller number were in the City Hall afterwards for a function with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress. These VIPs were looked after by a number of network scouts from the Wharncliffe Network Unit.
Tom Hague presented Jessica with an Olympic necker.
Jessica Ennis is an inspiration for many, through years of hard work and determination the athlete from Sheffield became an Olympic Gold Heptathelete champion at London 2012. Being a South Yorkshire Scout, the opportunity to be a VIP assistant at her homecoming civic reception is something most Scouts would jump at.
In all 6 Scouts from Wharncliffe Network based in SouthYorkshire, formed a team to assist the VIP guests at Jess' reception. Not only did this mean being able to meet a number of high profile guests, but the opportunity to meet Jess herself.
The highlight of the evening has to be presenting Jess with the 2012 Gold Olympic Scout Necker, which reads on the back "Congratulations on your achievement on behalf of South Yorkshire Scouts".
For the team of Scout VIP assistants the presentation was a real honour, on behalf of the great Scouting that takes place in SouthYorkshire.
Congratulations to Jess, everyone is proud of her overwhelming achievement.
Tom Hague & Haley Toseland