THANK YOU FROM THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER
At the start of the New Year Nottinghamshire Scouts again has much to celebrate from 2014. Through your hard work and commitment we have continued to bring Scouting to more and more young people - which is truly fantastic.
I know you have also been working together looking at how we begin to ensure that all the programme, in every single section, in every single Group and Unit is high quality. This is already having significant impact on the type of experiences young people receive in Scouting.
2015 is another big year for us! The Scout Association launch the refreshed programme early in the year; Our Leaders celebration and thank you event is on the 22nd February; The Nottingham Gang Show in March; a build up to the Cub Scout Centenary Our Year of Adventure' also begins in March; the BIG Weekend in May, our amazing Jamboree Unit head off to Japan in July.
Compass, our on-line membership system is now live and I must thank you for the way in which you are populating it with lots of information. I fully appreciate the amount of 'upfront' work this is creating, and as with anything new it will take us all a bit of getting used to! But please do bear with it, the glitches are being fixed and the feedback I am getting seems to say 'this will be great when it's up and running!' I know that most Groups and Districts are actively uploading information – which is truly remarkable. Thank You!!
I will write again shortly to share with you some great new projects and initiatives that will support, strengthen and enhance Scouting throughout the County.
Thank you again for choosing to volunteer your time, energy and enthusiasm with us. I am truly grateful for everything you bring to Scouting as we continue shaping the futures of thousands and young people in communities across the County.
I very much look forward to seeing you in 2015!
With best and grateful wishes,
HOW NOTTINGHAMSHIRE CAN BE BETTER PREPARED
A recent article by the CC in the Nottingham Post
SCOUT NETWORK REVIEW
As you may be aware, the Scout Network has been under review for several years. The review has now concluded and a significant number of recommendations to improve Scout Network have been approved for implementation starting in May 2015, with a transition period running through until November 2015.
The future success of the Scout Network will require us to build on the good work already being done in those Scout Networks that are operating effectively and to develop capacity in those parts of the UK where the existence of and access to Scout Network is limited. This will require us to build on the success of Explorer Scouts and focus more locally in Districts.
Please use this link to review some of the changes.
The 27th issue of the Public Affairs Bulletin is available to download here.
If you care, and I know you do, why not consider adding your voice to Nottinghamshire Scouts Public Affairs team. We would love to hear from you so please feel free to contact Harry, Tom or John.
CUB SCOUT CENTENARY LEADER'S LAUNCH
The Cub Scout Centenary starts here! To help you plan activities for the amazing Year of Adventure ahead, and to share with you the thrilling county events we have planned for the next two years, I would like to invite all leaders to the Centenary Leader's Launch on the afternoon of Saturday 28th February 2015. This free event is a great opportunity to meet with other leaders from Nottinghamshire and kick-start your celebrations by delivering the best programme for our young people. We will also be hosting one of the organisers of the national centenary celebrations from Gilwell Park who will share with us some exciting plans. Please see the flyer for more information and to register.
You can also register by going to this link
LEADERS GET-TOGETHER SUNDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2015
Following this successful event IN 2014 another Leaders Social Evening has been arranged for Sunday 22nd February 2015. This evening of fun will start at 7.30pm. There will also be entertainment. The evening and the food will be free. If you want to partake of some orange squash a paying bar will be available. The County Oak Awards will be presented on this evening and each District can nominate two recipients for an Award. The nominees can be either an individual or a Group of people.
Book now by email or by ringing the County Office on 0115 952 3617
The venue will be Papplewick & Linby Village Hall, Papplewick
NOTTINGHAM GANG SHOW 2015
The tickets for the 2015 show are selling well. The Dress Circle for the Saturday Matinee is virtually sold out. If your Group would like to reserve tickets initially and pay for them later in January you can do so through the County Office with the flyer/booking form. If you wish to order tickets and the number is under 20, this can also be done through the County Office thus avoiding the Theatres Administration Fees. For ticket orders over 20, you can book through the Theatre Royal as the Administration Fees do not apply. The Theatre Royal cannot reserve tickets.
THE BIG WEEKEND 2015
Are you coming to The BIG Weekend?
Just 4 weeks left to register for the BIGGEST WEEKEND of 2015! Have you registered your section yet?
There are some BIG plans being put together, some BIG activities being booked, some BIG groups are already attending.
Check out The BIG weekend website for more information.
PROGRAMME UPDATES & NEW BRANDING
For a preview of the updates to the new Programme and the new branding click here which also has links to FAQs and transition period requirements. Also a letter which you should have received in the post and the balanced programme leaflet
The full roll-out will begin early this year. The refreshed Programme doesn't mean that you will have to stop and change your current Programme yet as there will be a long transition period through 2015.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN ESTONIA SUMMER 2016
Nottinghamshire Scouts are planning a fantastic International Experience in Estonia in the summer of 2016 for young people aged 10½ and over.
Whether you are looking at bringing your whole Troop or Unit for a summer camp, or just few of them looking for an international adventure, want to do your Explorer Belt, or you're a leader looking to gain experience of organising and attending a trip abroad, this is for you. Further information