The “New” Site

It’s not really all that new to us now, but there are new children and parents in the group who have never been to the “New” Site, so here are some useful directions.

  1. Head to Melsonby.
  2. Turn north out of the village past the post box and phone box.
  3. As you head down the hill you will pass a turn on your left; don’t go down that one
  4. The next left – which is an entrance to a field – is the correct turn.
  5. Drive all the way down the track edge of the field.

There is room to turn in the field at the end. Please do not stop or turn around as soon as you turn off the road. This creates traffic on a pretty quick section of road between Melsonby and Aldbrough.

Here’s a Google Maps pin: https://goo.gl/maps/RjQ44r4PEBQ7RJR7A

Here’s a grid reference because we are scouts: NZ 197093

No postcode because it’s a field!

Here’s a map I drew.

If you get really stuck, the phone signal is pretty good in the field, so give us a call.

Returning to Face to Face Scouting

Schools are starting to go back this week and we intend to get back to scouting on the following dates:

Beavers/Scouts: Thursday 10th 2020

SeptemberCubs: Monday 14th September 2020

We’ve gone through a pretty arduous risk assessment process over the summer which is in the process of being approved by our scouting district. The current plan is to restart with a combination of online and…wait for it…face to face OUTDOOR activities.

What we are able to do will vary from section to section and possibly from week to week, and there will be plans in place to keep all our participants and leaders safe. We’ll also need written consent from our parents before we can accept your children back in a face to face setting.

With this in mind we plan to run a Zoom meeting for all parents on Monday 7th September during the usual Cub meeting time. We’ll explain the risk assessment process and the NYA alert levels and the plans for each section.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the meeting. We will follow up with all the info by email afterwards.

Bear with us while we get up and running. It’s possible that we need to stick to online for a couple of weeks while we get all the required permissions back from parents, but we’ll keep you informed as we go along.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions, either here, via Messenger, by texting your section leader or emailing bartonscouts@gmail.com

You should have already received an invitation to the Zoom meeting, but drop us a line if that’s missed you somehow.

Thanks

Gavin

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Coronavirus Adjustments

Hope you are all well at this difficult and challenging time. 

We’re determined that young people shouldn’t miss out on doing their DofE because of the coronavirus outbreak – and we want to do everything we can to support you so your participants can keep doing theirs, at what we know is a really challenging time.

To help with this, we’re introducing some temporary changes to DofE programme requirements. Please see more detail on this below.

We hope working towards their Award will give young people vital focus, motivation and positivity during the lockdown – and that their capacity and enthusiasm for helping others through volunteering could be a huge force for good at a time when it’s needed most.

Temporary programme changes

Participants can now volunteer for family members, for example by mentoring or coaching younger siblings.

Participants can now change section activities more than once. Time spent on previous activities will still count towards completion.

DofE staff members may be able to act as Volunteering, Physical and Skills section Assessors, if required.

To protect the value and integrity of DofE Awards, other requirements will remain the same. However, we’re continuing to look for ways we can be flexible to support you and young people at this time, and will update you if we introduce any further temporary changes. The expedition section will be resumed when we know further information. 

Any further questions do not hesitate to contact me. 

Cheers Sam

https://www.dofe.org/coronavirus/faqs-participants

Coronavirus Update – March 2020

As of Tuesday March 17th, all face to face scouting has been suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

We are constantly reviewing government guidance and information from Scouts HQ and we will be back as soon as we possibly can. In the meantime, here are a few things you should know:

  1. Subs will be reduced to £5 per month from April onwards for at least 3 months while our outgoings are slightly less. If you find yourself considering cancelling your direct debit for any reason, get in touch with us. We will happily waive subs payments rather than see you struggle finically.
  2. Marra Camp is postponed until next year. They will issue refunds as soon possible and at that point we’ll be in touch about getting refunds out to you. Bear with us while this is sorted.
  3. The Ypres trip did not get enough bookings to go ahead, and with the travel situation as it is in Europe we are not looking at alternatives this year. Hopefully we will sort this in the future. If you paid a deposit and didn’t give me bank details for a refund, please get in touch ASAP so we can return your money.

A pause to face to face scouting does not mean that scouting has stopped altogether. We plan to run some virtual nights away during April, and will join with Northumberland Scouts on April 30th to try to set a world record for the biggest virtual camp!

We’re also looking at getting some online sessions set up to keep you scouting. The first of these will happen tonight for Beavers, when Catherine will talk us through the Parent Portal part of Online Scout Manager where you can check on your badge progress, see what you need to do next and upload evidence so you can continue getting badges from home.

We’ve finally moved into the 21st century and got ourselves on Facebook. More regular updates will appear there. Find us here: https://www.facebook.com/1stBartonScouts

If you need to get into the parent portal, you can find it here: https://www.onlinescoutmanager.co.uk/features/parents.html Your login info is the same as when you first signed up to your DD. You can use this for badges online, DD changes and updating contact details.

Stay safe and get in touch if you need anything.

District Scout Cooking Competition 2020

A little short notice on this one, but the district cooking competition has come around again. It will run on Tuesday 26th March 2020 at Richmond School.

All the information you need is in the form. You should pay particular attention to the spend limit (£13.50) and to the age restrictions for the team (only one team member aged 13+).

If you want to enter, get yourself into a team of two and return the form to me by Thursday 19th March. I know the form say you should send it in the the District Commissioner, but we are only allowed to enter 3 teams, so I will need to collect the forms first, and in the event of having more than 3 teams we will draw teams out of a hat.

So, don’t hang around, get your forms back to me ASAP.

https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.210/ppt.7e6.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/District-Scout-Cooking-Competition-Form-2020.doc

Scouts Programme – Winter 2020 Term

Happy New Year.

I am willing to bet that you landed here looking for the programme for the term ahead. As ever this will not be available until a couple of weeks into the term. The reason behind this is that we let the scouts have their say at the start of term so they can let us know what they enjoyed (and didn’t enjoy) about last term and what they would like to do in the term ahead.

We’ll talk to the scouts tonight (9th January) and then the leaders will have a meeting to work out what needs to happen to make all their scouting dreams come true. Well..some of them. They wanted us to do scuba diving in village hall last term!

We may not send out a paper copy of the programme this term, so check back here for full details as soon as they become available.

Until you get an updated programme, assume we are in the hall at the usual time and in uniform.

Drop us a text or an email if you can’t make it.

Gavin

Scouts Winter Camp 2020

We’ve booked Thornthwaite again for winter camp. We like a change as much as the next scouts, but last year’s camp was such a hit that we thought we would go back to Thornthwaite for another round this year.

The important details are:

Location: Thornthwaite Activity Centre

From: 6pm, Friday 6th March 2020

To: 12:30, Sunday 8th March

We’ll talk to the scouts after Christmas about exactly what activities they would like to do, so there should be a bit of something for everyone.

The form is online here, and a paper copy will be going out on Thursday. Closing date is not until February 13th, but don’t leave your booking to the last minute. It makes us very nervous.

winter-camp-2020-activity-information-form.pdf

Scouts! Read All About It!

This is an appeal! If you are checking the site in advance of scouts tonight to find out what the programme is you will have noticed that it is titled Newspaper Games. To play these games we need your old newspapers. Yes, all of them!

Please send them along and we will see they they are recycled at the end of the night in whatever state they are in.