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Cheshire Scouts Newsletter – 20 June 2020

Date: 20th Jun 2020 Author: Dave Hopley

Cheshire Scouts Newsletter
– 20 June 2020

Just a reminder that ALL face to face Scouting is notpermitted at the current time. This includes adults undertaking projects for maintenance or repairs to buildings, equipment and camping areas.

The only exception is an individual checking a HQ to maintain insurance cover and this needs to be approved by your DC.

We are looking for a
County Explorer Leader (Young Leaders)We are looking for a County Explorer Leader (Young Leaders) to work in collaboration with our Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts) to lead, boost, promote, develop and ultimately grow our Young Leader provision.Click here to nominate yourself or someone else for the role. Deadline: This coming Thursday (1st July 2020) at 9pm. Interviews w/c 6th July.

Beware scam e-mail

A number of Groups/Districts have received a phone call from a company called Easytoswitch.com They are very clever and do their research before calling you. This is the experience from one District; She wanted to discuss switching the electricity account that I look after on behalf of “Scouts”, but gave no further information. She also claimed to have e-mailed “adcmidcheshire”, so it would appear that she has done some homework regarding the organisation.

The number she rang from showed as 01416285966, and she asked to be rung back on 01905570548 when I Googled the 2 numbers, both were highlighted as related to scams.


Great Progress on Compliance Training

Over the last few weeks we have reduced the non-compliance rate with key training modules by nearly 800 people. There are now less than 100 adults in Cheshire who still need to complete Safety and Safeguarding training. These two critical training modules can be completed online and take around 20 minutes each to complete.

Safeguarding (Mandatory Training for all Leaders)
This training is completed using an online training module at the end of which you print the certificate of completion and send it to your local training manager or direct to the County Training Manager
Click here to complete this training.

Safety (Mandatory Training for all Leaders)
This training is completed using an online training module at the end of which you print the certificate of completion and send it to your local training manager or direct to the County Training Manager
Click here to complete this training.

The other critical mandatory training module that you must complete to retain your appointment is;

GDPR (Mandatory Training for all Leaders)
This training is completed using an online training module at the end of which you print the certificate of completion and send it to your local training manager or direct to the County Training Manager
Click here to complete this training.


Cheshire Scouts Leader’s Quiz

If you want to join us live every Thursday at 11am click on the link below

https://zoom.us/j/92395675465
Password: 296350

If you are not able to join us for our weekly quiz live, we have uploaded them here for you. Each week we will upload a new quiz, they will be available for a month so you can try them whenever you want. Click on the link and play them on your PC, Tablet or Phone


County all members conference call

There will be a conference call for all members of Cheshire Scouts on Thursday 23 July 2020 at 7pm. More details will follow but please try to keep the date free.


National News round-up

The Great Indoors Weekender
Join the UK’s biggest digital summer camp on 11-12 July. With surprise celebrity guests, cooking, crafts, music and more!  6-18 year olds will get the chance to camp out and have fun, while learning skills for life – all from home.

National all member online call
The next all member online call is on Wednesday 24 June at 7pm. Topics to be covered include Preparing for a safe return to face-to-face Scouts and Membership fee proposals (Capitation for next year). Details on how to join the call are here

Support to help you deliver activities online
Join a webinar on 1 July for Beaver and Cub Leaders to find out activity ideas and tips on how to adapt your programme in a virtual world. Register here. More dates soon for other sections.

Using Zoom in your group. We’ve added some ambassador videos to the brand centre that you could play on your Zoom calls. Check them out here.You can also download Great Indoors branded backgrounds for Zoom calls. For technical queries, like how to change meeting settings, it’s best to head directly to the guidance from Zoom. We’ve detailed here the settings that’ve been locked for safeguarding.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls