INFORMATION JUST FOR YOU!

2011 WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE – NOTTINGHAMSHIRE UNIT LEADERSHIP TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Following the County Commissioners announcement earlier this week, she has asked that I share it with you in this note. Alison Taylor Lead the Nottinghamshire Unit to the next World Scout Jamboree and will be assisted by James Greenwood, Nathan Dias and Mary Brain. They will take 36 young people to Sweden in the summer of 2011 for the international experience of a lifetime.

Roadshows have already started around the County, so keep your eyes peeled. I really would encourage you to tell your Scouts and Explorer Scouts about the Jamboree and give them the opportunity to attend a road show. Details will appear on www.notts-scouts.org.uk in due course and to find out about the Jamboree CLICK HERE  

SLEEPING IN AND SLEEPING OUT FOR CHARITY

The Nottinghamshire Scouts are proud to announce we are teaming up with Nottinghamshire Homeless Charity ‘Framework’. Framework opens doors to homeless and vulnerable people and in the last year supported 6,399 people – 44% of whom were under 25!!

There are two ways we can help; the first is for Explorer Scouts only and involves a sponsored ‘sleep-out’ on Thursday 3rd December at the Framework HQ in Basford and the second, which is open to all sections, is a sponsored ‘sleep-in’ on Friday 4th December.

What a fab opportunity to make a real difference and put our Scouting skills to use – it could be that you already have something planned to we may be able to re-focus. To register or to find out more contact:

County Flag is a challenge walk & cooking competition that takes place on the 2nd weekend of November (the 2009 competition takes place on the 14th & 15th November) and is open to Cubs (who only take part in the challenge walk), Scouts, Explorers & Network Scouts across Nottinghamshire.

ANTI-BULLYING WEEK 2009

Don't forget about Anti Bullying Week, it's 16th - 21st of November and it's a great opportunity to highlight issues, develop anti-bullying charters or create a piece of drama. So why not plan something into your programme. If you do, don't forget to drop me a line to see if we can attract some media attention.

OH WHAT’S OCCURRING??

Don’t forget to tell us of any events you have coming up or anything you think we should be talking about – both internally and externally. We have had a great amount of publicity recently and I think we are all agreed we would like it to continue!!

So let's keep it going, let's keep Nottinghamshire Scouts in the news! Please continue to email me throughout the year with your events! (Camps, Birthdays, Adventures, Awards/Badges, Firsts, Lasts, Biggest, Expeditions etc...)

Just drop me an email or phone call with the who, what, where, when and why and we'll try our best to generate some coverage.

COUNTY BIRTHDAY BADGES – LAST FEW REMAINING

There are still badges available from the County Office priced at 50p each; email, drop in or telephone to get your groups now - limited stock.

NEW LOOK WEBSITE - LIVE

Our County Webmaster, Dave Henson has been working hard to give our website a face-lift.

The new domain and site are now live: www.notts-scouts.org.uk If there is anything you want to see on the site then please let us know webmaster@notts-scouts.org.uk or if you have any stories, news or content then please let me know. Along with the new domain and site will come a new email system. Hopefully a little easier to use than the previous one; various members of the team will be contactable using the following format firstname.lastname@notts-scouts.org.uk or by leaving a message with the County Office on 0115 9523617.

FACEBOOK

Are you a member of the world’s largest social-networking site yet? If so, make sure you join the ‘Nottinghamshire Scouts – Leaders and Supporters’ group. It’s a great place to share ideas, ask questions, catch up with other leaders from around the County, see where Scouting has been cropping up on the TV and to do a bit of networking. If you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for – why not give it a go!!

There is also some really handy guidance available on Scoutbase to support us to stay safe whilst using ‘newer’ forms of technology when communicating with young people. To take a look CLICK HERE.

COUNTY TREASURER – EXTENDED DEADLINE

David Pidgeon, our current County Treasurer has indicated he intends to step down in September 2010. We are therefore currently looking to recruit a County Treasurer and

Assistant County Treasurer, both are volunteer roles. The Nottinghamshire Scouts is the largest volunteer-led youth organisation for boys and girls in the County. We are a medium sized charity and both roles are vital within the county team, to find out more CLICK HERE.

ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES 2010

Steve Day and the County Activities Team have once again surpassed themselves in creating an amazing dairy of adventurous activities for both young people and adults during 2010. Every leader who has their correct details on the national database will receive a copy through the post during December. So now might be a great time to check your details are correct by logging on to ‘my backpack’ on www.scouts.org.uk.

FREE PLANT POTS – DON’T MISS THIS FREEBIE

Nottinghamshire Scouts have been given a thousand plant pots by R Sankey and Sons, to encourage young people to 'grow their own'. We have 1000 pots and trays available and they are FREE, however we would like as many colonies to benefit as possible, so there will be a maximum order number at first. This is a collection only offer and is available from County HQ. Call Craig on 01159523617 or email office@notts-scouts.org.uk to reserve your pots.

AWARDS FOR ALL

We can make nominations for various national Scouting award from Gilwell Park. If you can think of somebody you would like to nominate for an award then we want to hear from you!!! Drop us a line with the persons name, group, district and what this person does that you think should be recognised. There are strict criteria for the various awards, but having the names is a really good first step!!

COMMUNICATION AND TALKING TO EACH OTHER

Please, Please, Please keep talking to us!! Invite us to your events, tell us what's happening, tell us what needs to be better and show us what's working well. Please also email this (and other) communications to your Scouting colleagues and friends. Perhaps one person could take the role off messages and displaying in your Scout HQ or sharing it with leaders not on email.

We know there are people who are not on email, so we ask for you to share information locally at group or district level. This will help us to keep costs down and keep Scouting affordable to our volunteers and young people. Members of the team will be contactable using the following format firstname.lastname@notts-scouts.org.uk or by leaving a message with the County Office on 0115 9523617.

Matthew Rooney

Deputy County Commissioner
Nottinghamshire Scouts