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

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.

Help! We need you!

Don’t worry. We’re not going to ask you to take over as leaders and put a uniform on (unless you want to). It’s much simpler than that.

We need about 5 minutes of your time.

As you probably know by now, we have very kindly been given access to a field and some woodland just outside of Melsonby. We hope to use this a lot more in the near future, both on regular meeting nights and for camps. The site is good enough for us to start camping there pretty immediately but there are a couple of things we need to make it comfortable for us. Namely, a water supply onto site and a semi-permanent toilet block.

These things don’t come for free, but don’t panic, we’re not going to raise subs or demand you make any more donations. Instead we have applied for a grant to cover this.

Calor (the gas people) have a Rural Community Fund which will provide grants to communities and we have applied for one. We have been accepted into the first phase, but this is where you come in.

We need votes!

There are many other communities applying for funding – more than the fund will cover – so Calor put it to the public vote. This is where you come in.

If you could spare the 5 minutes it takes to visit the Calor Community Fund Website and register to vote, you will be given ten votes to use as you wish. Obviously the best thing you could do for us it use all 10 votes for Barton.

Voting closes on June 17th, so please don’t hang around. Remember, this is 10 votes per individual, not per family, so make sure that everyone, including Grandma, Uncle John and Spot the Dog get their say and get us our funding.

What are you still doing here? VOTE!

Camping Field Location

So, you want to find your way to the field and woods just outside Melsonby that we have access to? Well, you’re in the right place.

It’s really not that hard to find, but we’ve drawn a map to help you.

If you head into Melsonby from Barton/A1 you will come to the crossroads where you need to turn right towards Aldbrough.

After you leave the village you will pass a road on your left which is definitely not the one you want.

The second track, which could be mistaken for a field entrance, is where you turn in. The best landmark to look out for is the ginormous pile of poo just inside the gate. Don’t say we don’t take you to see all the best tourist attractions.

Do not drop your children at the side of the road. Once you are through the gate do not stop. Continue down the track to the car park at the end of the lane. There will be room there for you to turn and get back out down the track.

Here is the map which shows where we are.

We are going to be using this location a lot more as the summer term progresses, so I will leave this map here for reference, but I’m sure you’ll have it sorted after the first trip.

Remembrance 2018

Sunday 11thNovember. 10.15am

As you know, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1. Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day itself, 11thNovember.

Barton Scout Group will be taking a central role in the village commemoration so please put this date in your diary now and keep the day clear.

Meet at Barton Village Hall at 10.15am in smart uniform (Uniform top, necker (washed and ironed), school trousers/skirt, school shoes and a poppy).

We will parade to the church where we will form a guard of honour for the congregation arriving for the service. We will then take our places in the church for the service after which we will lead the congregation back to the War Memorial at the hall for 2 minutes silence.

We will then join the community in the hall where we will present a slide show of our trip to Ypres followed by a curry lunch cooked and served by the Scouts and Explorers.

There will be no charge for lunch but we welcome donations in lieu which will be given to The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

This is a very important event for our Scout Group so please do your very best to be there. All members of the Group and their parents are encouraged to join us.

The Beginning of Our Remembrance Project

Last week saw JT Atkinson kindly donate some wood which will form the basis of our remembrance day display which will form part of Barton’s WWI centenary commemorations.

Here are some of our eager young people helping to unload 10 sheets of plywood from the van, making light work of a load that makes my back ache just to look at it.

Keep checking back for more updates as the project progresses.

Are we the scout firework display you’re looking for?

Seems like a good time to promote this post from last year.

Around this time of year we get quite a few emails asking about the Barton under Needwood firework display.  It’s a huge annual event which attracts people from all around the Burton upon Trent area and tickets are on sale in advance.  But there’s one thing you should know about the display…

…we’re probably not the Barton you’re looking for.

We’re up in North Yorkshire, and while we do run an occasional firework display for our members and their families, we don’t run a large public display 145 miles away.  I suppose we’re just lucky that we’re high in the Google rankings when you search for Barton Scouts, but I do spend a bit of time each October redirecting people.

This year I hoped to publish contact details for the correct group, but their website (www.bartonscouts.org.uk) does not seem to be up at the moment.  Perhaps you may get their details from their district website: Burton District Scouts .

Given the level of interest in the Barton Under Needwood display I should consider making the 290 mile round trip to catch the fireworks.

Happy bonfire night folks.