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Cheshire Scouts Newsletter – Scouting from Home

Date: 21st Mar 2020 Author: Dave Hopley

Cheshire Scouts Newsletter

Scouting from Home
We know that lots of you have come up with great ways for young people to carry on Scouting from Home. We would like to share all these ideas to help everyone.

We have setup a special email address
homescouting@cheshirescouts.org.uk that you can send these ideas to, and you will be able to access them on the Cheshire Scouts website here:
www.cheshirescouts.org.uk/homescouting 

You can send ideas as, emails, word documents, pdf or PowerPoint slides.

You can also share pictures and videos of what you are up to using the hashtag #ScoutingFromHome to:
Facebook: Cheshire Scouts
Twitter: @CheshireScouts
Instagram: @CheshireScouts

Find out the latest information on how we are managing Coronavirus within Cheshire Scouting www.cheshirescouts.org.uk/coronavirus

The Great Indoors!

#CampAtHome

Cheshire Scouts Present

#CampAtHome an initiative from Northumberland Scouts!

Calling all young people from across Cheshire, the UK, and the Wider World. COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may have changed the way we do things, but it won’t stop Scouts camping!

Northumberland Scouts are organising a month-long Virtual Camp across April, from the 01/04-30/04/20. Ending with an attempt to set the world record for the Largest Virtual Camp on 30/04/2020, when we’d like as many Cheshire Scouts as possible to participate.

Take up the challenge and let’s keep on ‘virtually camping’, here are the “Rules”;
We’re asking you all… Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, Parents, and Young People interested in joining in the fun to:

✅ Pack a bag
✅ Build a den at home / pitch a tent in the garden/ hang up a hammock (whatever you can)
✅ Sleep in your shelter of choice
✅ Build a ‘campfire’ (real or virtual)
✅ Take part in a ‘Scouty activity’
✅ Help with cooking a meal.

MOST IMPORTANTLY… Each night you participate share a creative photo, video, blog, etc. to our social media using the hashtag:
#CampAtHome

– Facebook: Cheshire Scouts
– Twitter: @CheshireScouts
– Instagram: @CheshireScouts

Then share them with your leaders and friends to show that although we can’t meet “Face to Face” Scouting doesn’t stop!

Each Young Person who takes part will be entitled to 1️⃣ Night Away for each night they participate (as long as they aren’t sleeping in their bed). Meaning you could get up to an extra 30 Nights Away if you take on the challenge!

Everyone who participates will also get a Virtual Certificate for joining in, we will also be awarding special Virtual Certificates for those that manage the full month. Additionally, if you take part on 30/04/20 and we get enough participants you’ll be part of setting a world record!

Image from Party Delights Blog.

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Badges from Home

Online Scout Manager has just enabled their new Badges from Home feature!

To enable it leaders need to go to:

  • Settings
  • Parent Portal Settings
  • Badges
  • Enable ‘Badges At Home’ > Enable for any badge or Selected Badges

Once enabled, parents can log onto the parent portal and upload evidence of their young person completing various badge requirements as well as leaving a message/comment. Leaders can then review the evidence and award the badge or leave a comment or some words of encouragement!

Leaders can also record intro videos for each badge (if they want to) to make the experience more personal. We will shortly be sharing an online video.

If your Group or Section has still not registered for OSM through the County contact John Duley for advice. County is paying for it.john.duley@cheshirescouts.org.uk


The Great Indoors

We’d like to introduce The Great Indoors. We’ve pulled together over 100 existing activities from our programme planner that are perfect for parents and carers to do with their children if they’re stuck at home over the next few weeks.

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17 days, 17 SDG’s

Are you ready to take on a challenge that will not only benefit you, but have a positive impact in your household and community? Well look no further. Scouting Ireland have just launched a new initiative ’17 days, 17 SDGs’ #ScoutsForSDGs #17days17sdgs

This initiative will take you on a journey, learning more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as challenging you to live a sustainable lifestyle for 17 days! Each day will tackle a different area of the SDGs and by the end of the challenge you will have experienced a taster of what is to come from Sustainable Programme in Scouting!

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Jamboree on the Internet, 3-5 April 2020

This special edition of our largest digital jamboree will allow you to connect to others, learn new skills, bring Scouting online, and build new friendships during this challenging time. We’ll foster teamwork and intercultural interaction while enhancing safe social engagement and wellbeing. Connecting young people virtually because Scouting never stops! ​​3-5 April 2020.

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