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Additional alternative Scout Promise

We have introduced an additional alternative version of the Scout Promise following an extensive 10-month consultation process within and outside of the Movement. Alternative versions of the Scout Promise have been available for nearly 50 years and have been used byMuslims, Hindus, Buddhists and those who live in the UK but are not UK citizens. The core Scout Promise that refers to “Duty to God” remains intact. The move has been welcomed byfaith leaders and the British Humanist Association (BHA) as demonstrating inclusiveness of the Movement to all sections of society.

Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner for the Scout Movement said: “We look forward to welcoming even more young people and adults to Scouting. Throughout its 106-year history the Movement has continued to evolve and today marks an important step in that journey. It also signifies the determination to become truly inclusive and relevant to all sections of society that it serves. We are a values-based Movement and exploring faith and beliefs remains a key element of the Scouting Programme. That will not change.”

Further support is being developed to help with the implementation from 1 January 2014. In the meantime a set of frequently asked questions and details of the existing and new alternative wording of the Scout Promise are available.


Jamboree 2015 Fees

The fee for Unit members (young people and adults)for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015 will be £2,995. This fee is inclusive of the following:

 Flights between the UK and Japan and transfers whilst in Japan.

 The Jamboree at Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan from the 28th July

to the 8th August 2015.

 Mimasu Tokyo. This exciting aspect of the Jamboree package will include a short stay in Tokyo

where participants will immerse themselves in the cultural aspects of the city. The fee will include all transportation costs, accommodation, activities and food.

 HoHo. We are thrilled to be able to offer the HoHo package as part of the Jamboree experience.

Participants will stay at their host's home and gain knowledge and understanding of how Japanese families live and socialise. The fee includes transportation costs, accommodation costs and food.

 Kit. Branded Jamboree uniform will be provided for the trip and can be kept by the individuals as mementos of their time in Japan.

We have devised the budget to include the 'essentials' for the Jamboree experience. This means that from leaving the UK to arriving back in the UK you won't need to spend any money on essentials such as food, travel and accommodation. Insurance is also included.

wsj fee announcement-final.pdf

Planning for the UK Contingent continues at a pace and we have attached some further information to enable you to develop your own local planning.

At the beginning of June some of the Japanese Organising Team visited Gilwell Park and we took the opportunity to catch up with their planning and to let them know of our plans. We discussed the adult support required to run the Jamboree and I am pleased to let you know that the event organisers are keen for the UK to send adult members to join the Jamboree Planning Team (JPT) as well as the International Service Team (IST). The detail of the JPT roles still needs to be agreed but we can all start planning now to enable more adults from UK Scouting and Guiding to take part in the Jamboree.

We have pushed all the boundaries to gain approval for the budget for the UK Contingent and I trust that you will agree that whilst the fees are inevitably higher than recent Jamborees they are still attractive for the packages being offered. Information on the fees and the Unit and IST/JPT packages are attached.

At the beginning of August some members of Contingent Management Team will be visiting the 20th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree/16th Nippon Jamboree when over 14,000 Scouts will be camping at the World Scout Jamboree site in Japan. We look forward to sharing our experiences at the Unit Leaders meeting on 16 & 17 November.

I know that many Units have already selected Leaders and that the Jamboree is also being promoted to potential members. I hope they are already as excited as the Contingent Management Team about the next two years and the Jamboree experience in Japan.

A gentle reminder, if you haven't already done so please send the attached Unit Allocation Acceptance Form no later than 31 October 2013, to the UK Contingent Office details are available on the form.

ist and jpt applicant information pack- with info for counties- final.pdf


We have achieved so much!

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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.

Powerful speech

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.’


Scouts Ride the Crest of the Air Waves

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!”


South Yorkshire Scouts Sport Makers


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'.

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