However, once more a busy period has past in our district with the scout quiz having taken place last week with 18 teams and over 90 scouts taking part, this is the highest number of teams that we recall, so well done to all of our ‘thinkers’ in the teams and a thanks to Chris Greg for hosting at 15th Nuneaton this year and of course Luke for arranging the questions. Winners were 11th Nun and runners up 1st Bulkington
The annual explorer scout ‘nike’ has taken place over a very cold weekend at Fox Coverts. I understand up to eight teams took part in this night activity hike over a ten mile route featuring a range of tasks along the way to both challenge and develop their team work.
Over the weekend cubs from our District have spent time together completing their personal safety badge involving an exciting visit to the fire station trying on uniform and understanding how things work and best of squirting water from the engine hoses. On Saturday evening I had some fun too helping on a scout night hike specifically fire lighting and a sleep over.
I am pleased to report our final census figures have been submitted and were are in fact up on our numbers again so I am delighted with our continued progress in this regard and the continuation of offering challenging and varied activities for our young people is of course instrumental in this. There is some group work on going currently to measure the success of programes offered at unit level with a survey over time, to directly check with the young members that they like and enjoy what they are doing (or not?)
Two sets of meetings have taken place recently with GSL’s and the district team and also our Executive committee. The new kayaks I mentioned a few weeks ago should be arriving by the end of the month and will have their first outing shortly after that.
The executive are arranging a couple of events that should be of interest to those on committees and in lead manager scouting roles, namely that of training for trustees and what volunteering in that function entails (Monday March 11th with details to be emailed out)
Additionally we will be pulling together a review of our historic development and setting out the future challenges we face together for the continued growth of scouting in Nuneaton District. This needs the support and attendance from the gsl’s and district team to ensure we have a measured and balanced plan that they are engaged with, it worked for us previously and we expect with such a great team we can achieve more going forward.
Finally please remember to support the swimming gala and the gang show both due in March and of course district camp in May. …Enjoy your scouting. Clive