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Volunteer Update 8th January 2021
08/01/2021 By Elizabeth O'Malley

Happy New Year all, it is again ADC Beavers turn to write this volunteer update. Time to reflect on the last year and focus on the new. We survived 2020 and have challenges to overcome at the start of 2021 which we will. So, before we give you all the information of what’s going on in 2021 let’s take this opportunity to reflect on 2020.

2020 started off amazingly with our own DC, ADC Activities and Sirhowy Scouts attending Winter Camp in Gilwell, which was a remarkable experience for all involved, highlight of the weekend was seeing the Scouts excitement when coming off white water rafting “We capsized and nearly died! Can we go again!” There were Beaver sleepovers during Storm Dennis and literally the weekend before the whole of the UK went into lockdown Scouts and Explorers from across the District along with Gareth & Dave attended the Alternative Monopoly Run.

Then lockdown hit and Scouting as we all knew it was stopped. But as always so many of you dug deep, took stock of what this meant, started sending work packs out for the young people at home and many made the decision to go virtual for the young people.

So many groups & leaders of all ages have taken to running virtual sessions. Within our District we have had visits from RC Robert Redmond, Chief Commissioner of Wales Rhian Moore (who invested Cubs & a leader virtually) and UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd (who also invested a leader virtually). There have been so many different types of virtual sessions run, Magic Shows, Reptile Experiences, Air Museum Trips, Forensic, Water Safety, Visits from Assembly Members, Sign Language, Learning French & Spanish, Joti, District Beaver Sessions and many more. And to top all of this Abercarn have hosted groups from around the world on zoom calls making CRAI truly international!

As a District, thanks to the work of Dave Cook, we have received massive amount of funding (over £16K) from

  • Community foundation In Wales for COVID Supplies
  • Oakdale Community Fund for tree works
  • Gildermeister Community Fund for tree works
  • Church of Wales Fund for hammocks, tarps, fire ranges & storage cupboards
  • Sports Wales for sport crossbows

We had the exciting news that at end of August, if the time was right for leaders and young people, we could return to Face to Face Scouting. Many groups submitted Risk Assessments for both Amber and Yellow sessions and returned to actual meetings whilst still offering virtual sessions for those unable to return.

So now we are at the start of 2021 and unfortunately again in RED, so we have returned to virtual Scouting, for those nervous on running a virtual session why not contact the appropriate Section ADC and hold joint sessions with their groups? Please remember too that ScoutsCymru are also hosting events for all sections and we will send this information out for you to forward to all young people. Whilst none of us know when this will end, the District Team have already started to plan for the year ahead. Fingers crossed that these events will take place.

Beaver Damboree is pencilled in for 19th/20th June at Scout Park and District Scout Camp is also pencilled in for end of July 2021, please keep an eye out for information soon.

ADC Inclusion

This time last year I went to Gilwell Park to be invested into the National Inclusion Team.  Since then I have been working within the Resources Sub-Team where we have been updating the factsheets and website which can be viewed here

This is still an ongoing process and we have more resources that are planned.  New training units have also been developed on Gender Identity, Autism as well as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and this will soon be available.

If you have any suggestions for inclusion resources and training that you would like to see then please let me know: adc.inclusion@craiscouts.org.uk.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need support with any area of inclusion and diversity or if you would like me to come and talk to your sections.

And our very own DESC and ADC Scouts have come up with an event that we can run even in RED! They have been busy putting the following together for us all

CRAI District Virtual Hike (V Hike)

With the District back in tier 4 lockdown we have put together a Virtual hike challenge where between now and the end of February the whole district undertake a challenge where Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers along with their family members can hike as one from their own front door. There will be a Winter, Spring and if it continues a Summer hike as well.

In taking part you will be able to claim a “hikes away” by meeting their specific section’s criteria. To take part all sections must, not only complete this requirement but obtain 20 points from criteria given. Links are included to some badge work too.

Explorers are to upload their photos to the CRAI Scout Explorer Facebook page.

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are to do a short story of their hike with photos and send them to your own leaders and your section ADC.

Full details of the V Hike will be sent out separately and can be found here.

 

Stay safe all, don’t forget to contact any of us with any queries.

 

District Team

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Useful links for Virtual Scouting
21/01/2021 By Elizabeth O'Malley

We have been looking through all the resources available to us all whilst we are in RED and thought we would collect all the different sites into one place for you.

We know many of you might have laready found these for yoirself but just in case!

1) TSA "press-play-and-go". TSA have created videos which can be used directly with young people from practicing lashing to craft to well being boxes which can be used over whatever platform you are using to deliver your programme. Videos are of various lengths and state which age group they are aimed at.

2) TSA "online activities". Loads of activities which can be run vitually cooking, ceremonies, craft, topical articles etc!

3) Scouts Cymru "Welsh Award". This is a link to 10 week programme in order to complete the Welsh Award with your section.

4) Scouts Cymru "Events Calendar". As you know Scouts Cymru are hosting virtual events that all sections can join, keep an eye on their calendar so that you can share details with your section early of the events, these events do book up quickly and space can often be limited.

5) As a District we are looking to put on events for the various sections, details will be emailed out with how to register as we have the details and will also be place on our whats on page.

If you know of any other resources that we could share with all leaders of the District drop one of the District Team a message and we will update this article!

Happy Scouting,

District Team

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CRAI District Virtual Hike (V Hike)
08/01/2021 By Rich Terrell

 

With the District back in tier 4 lockdown we have put together a Virtual hike challenge where between now and the end of February the whole district undertake a challenge where Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers along with their family members can hike as one from their own front door. There will be a Winter, Spring and if it continues a Summer hike as well.

In taking part you will be able to claim a “hikes away” by meeting their specific section’s criteria. To take part all sections must, not only complete this requirement but obtain 20 points from the table below.

Items with * against them will count towards other badges.

Explorers are to upload their photos to the CRAI Scout Explorer Facebook page.

Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are to do a short story of their hike with photos and send them to your own leaders and your section ADC.

For Beavers this will go towards your Explore badge

For Cubs this will go towards your Naturalist badge

For Scouts will go towards Forester and Naturalist

 

Kindly note Scouts and Explorers Navigation and Hillwalker badge criteria states the walk/ hike must be over 14km

 

 

Challenge

Section Points

 

Beavers

Cubs

Scouts

Explorers

Hike

Min 2 hours walking and point collection

Min 3 hours walking and point collection

Min 4 hours walking and point collection

Min 5 hours walking and point collection

Hike in the rain

2

2

2

2

Reach a Trig point

5

5

5

5

Reach the high point of local mountain

3

3

2

2

Cross a river, stream, or canal on a bridge

2

2

2

2

* Identify these 8trees. Ash, Oak, Sycamore, hazel, Hawthorn and scots pine tree

Plus 2 of your own choice

 

 

1 point per tree

1 point per tree

½ point per tree

½ point per tree

* Draw a Map of where you walked Beavers and Cubs only (Navigation badge)

3

3

N/A

N/A

*produce a route card for your hike

 

Scouts and Explorers (Navigation and Hillwalker badge criteria states must be over 14km)

N/A

N/A

4

4

*Give 6 figure grid reference of high / trig point and bridges. (Navigation badge)

N/A

N/A

2

2

Find a field with a sheep in

1

1

1

1

Find a field with a horse in

1

1

1

1

Find one OS Benchmark using https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/benchmarks/

Then find it on the wall they look like this

4

4

4

4

Find 2 animal tracks

3

3

2

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Volunteer Update 4th December 2020
04/12/2020 By Becky Bennett-Wilding

Hi all,

It’s Becky’s turn to bring you this volunteer update and to start off our District Commissioner, Symon, has a few words.

 

Firstly, I would like to say a quick thank you to a few people

Dave Cook- Dave has worked tirelessly in the background over the last few months sourcing funding, applying this funding and ultimately in some cases spending this funding 😊. He was the one who applied for and processed the grant application that has allowed 12 of the 15 groups and units we have in the district to be Covid ready in relation to sanitisers when they eventually get back to F2F Scouting, He sourced £5000 and with the back up funding from the District Executive allowed groups to purchase various sanitising products to the max value of £400. Thanks to Dave and The Executive for sorting these vital supplies.

Linda Terrel- Linda took on the Badge Secretary role many years ago as a temporary badge secretary, Linda has now decided to place her last badge order and concentrate on her role as GSL and Beaver leader in Abercarn. I would like to say a massive Thanks Linda for the hard work she has done over many DCs and the way controlled the badges accounts within the district. With the news of a retiree comes the news of a new appointment, I would like to welcome Debbie Williams to the role of district badge secretary, Deb is currently GSL in Cefn fforest, she will continue to do this in tandem with her new role. Good luck Deb, you’ve got big boots to fill 😊. These changes will come into effect from January 1st 2021.

Lastly a few months ago, I thanked Ruth Morgan as she was stepping down as GSL in 7th Caerphilly, Well the day has now come that Ruth actually does step down.  I’m sure you will all join with me Thanking Ruth again for her dedication in tough times and hard work in 7th.  Ruth will be staying on for a short while supporting Beavers.  Jeanette Baker will now be the GSL at 7th. Good luck with your new role Jeanette.

Awards

As you know Leader training is paramount within The Scout Association, the ultimate aim of any leader is to gain their Wood Beads, this indicates all training within their role is completed, to get these beads is a fantastic achievement. As you will see on the image below, this is a list of all leaders who have gained their wood beads over the last few months, they should have by now received your certificates and beads.

Also, there is recognition of all the leaders who have received their long service awards, these range from 5 years to 20years, again all volunteers should have received their certificates and badges by now.    I would like to congratulate all volunteers listed on the attached sheets, your hard work and dedication to Scouting is recognised and very much appreciated THANK YOU ALL!!. I receive the certificates and awards Quarterly from Gilwell the last was received two weeks ago, if you feel you are missing any awards please drop me a line by email please.

 

 

 

ADC Inclusion

Over the past few weeks I have been working with Gwent Community Psychology on an exciting mental health and wellbeing project that is being specifically designed for CRAI.  We want to offer training and support to leaders on emotional wellbeing and therefore need to know if this is something that you would like us to provide.

Please could you take a few minutes to complete this survey:

?

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=uChWuyjjgkCoVkM8ntyPrnFyvCpUv_tEpSUNeyyKhrpUQzBBM0VDVDVZNFBVUlo2MldXMzlCNjhCQS4u

This is an exciting project and the team are keen to provide you with lots of practical advice and support so please let us know how we can help you!

If you have any questions, or would like any information/help with anything inclusion related (e.g disability, LGBT+, religion etc) then please don’t hesitate to get in touch: adc.inclusion@craiscouts.org.uk

 

 

ADC Cubs

As we are now seeing a glimmer of light to get back to scouting face to face, I would like to hold a virtual Cub Leaders discussion around what we would like to plan for next year as a district.  I am happy to meet on a couple of occasions if this helps with people who may not be able to attend on different nights.  Please feel free to contact me  directly with any concerns or questions about returning and your plans for the year ahead.

 

 

DESC

Hi all as we slowly get back to Face to Face we need to start thinking of next years challenges. Scouts Cymru have now included a Explorers badge in their awards including the dragon award and details can be found here. https://scoutscymru.org.uk/what/badges/ please get your leaders to register.

 

There have been some great achievements of badges during lockdown and here are some statistics since the start of 2020.

 

1 Platinum award

1 Young Leader Belt

1 Chef badge

2 Fundraising badges

1 Preforming Arts

2 Air Activities stage badges

4 Emergency Aid level 5 and 3 level 3

3 Hikes away level 1 and 1 level 10

2 Musician stage badges

7 nights away at levels 1, 10, 15 and 20

2 Digital citizen

2 DofE Bronze awards

1 DofE silver award

 

Congratulations and well done to all those who achieved badges. As we are going into Christmas, start thinking about your challenge badges and how you will evidence them.

Early next year we will be running a Modula A either face to face if we can if not it will be online as the online material is almost finished.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

CRAI Scouts

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Virtual London Marathon
08/11/2020 By Debbie Williams

As it's been a Socially Distancing, Virtual, Online kind of a year, the 40th London Marathon this year was 

completed as a virtual event.

The annual race was due to take place on 26 April but was pushed back to 4 October as the UK went into 

lockdown. One of our Scouts parents Ian McDonald, took part in the event, running the marathon around the

 village of Fleur De Lys. Joshua decided to support his dad by joining in for part of the marathon. It was a wet

 and cold day but you can see form the pictures that didn't slow them down and they finished when it was 

dark - we are very proud of Josh and his dad, well done to them both - great effort!!!



Yours In Scouting
Debbie
GSL 1st Cefn Fforest Scout Group


 

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