Deben District Scouts

(COVID-19) Ideas

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Message from Claire Collins, Growth and Development Officer

Forgive me if you are already finding alternative ways to scout with your group/section… But if you are thinking about how we can continue Scouting during these uncertain times, this might help.

HQ are looking to develop some online programs. The RST are looking at what we can develop too.

In the meantime I have been forwarded this link:

Big Man in the Woods is a fantastic scouter, who does all sorts of online teaching videos on you tube. On Thursday from 7.00 – 8.30pm he will be running a live program session for beavers and cubs ( I think), with flag break, games and badge work etc.  If your group or district is wondering what to do whilst non-essential meetings are not allowed, this might be a great activity to keep scouters, scouting…

Or you could also:

  • Set challenges / badge work, which the young person could record them doing it / having done it via videos or photos and then send into their leaders for validation. Check the website for a whole host of program activities for all sections – which may be done at home or during an online session altogether
  • Look at Facebook live (if you have a closed group) chat for the young people to watch – maybe a leader does an activity and then the young people copy it at the same time or afterwards – may take planning but could work. Ensure you are not doing this as a single adult – make sure you have someone else over 18 and DBS cleared with you or watching.
  • Utilise some free activities found through the internet (I hope to build up a list of links over the next day or so, which I can share with you) – for instance some museums around the world have virtual tours – you could offer a virtual trip all together with a skype call of one person sharing a screen whilst doing a tour  – in theory, this would work but I have not tried it yet.
  • If using a skype call – you could offer this at the same time/day as your usual meeting – with maybe splitting into 2 or more calls if you have enough leaders to enable smaller groups of young people to engage at once, maybe making it easier to talk etc. Remembering our safeguarding policies are followed.
  • Skype calls can be dialled into instead of just video calling, so do not have to have a computer, laptop, tablet with internet etc to join in

Please be aware I have not tested the ideas above yet… so it may be a trial and error whilst still being aware of safeguarding and safety of all our young people and adult volunteers alike. For instance maybe always have a minimum of 2 adults on a skype call or Facebook live to be sure you’re not alone online with young people etc.

Please feel free to share these ideas with anyone who may be struggling to continue to scout but wants to…  and let me know if there is anything that you might need help with. I cannot promise I will have any or all of the answers but I will try to find them.

Lastly I want to highlight that I am fully aware that all of these online ideas may not be accessible to everyone (young and old) and that we are supposed to be fully inclusive and flexible – I hope that as we all talk (across the Scouting family) we find more ways and ideas to continue being inclusive which I can share too.

And (definitely) finally…. THANK YOU. Thank you for still doing the amazing activities, fun, adventures and skills for life for our young people. Being a consistent positive influence in the young people’s lives at this time is a huge responsibility, but a very worthy one.


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(COVID-19) DBS’s

Welcome announcement

Spring 2020

Welcome to our new Archery Team Manager, Bea Francis, this is a new role managing a new team consisting all Archery permit holders in Deben District. More information to follow after the first Team meeting has been held.

1st Aid Training

Spring & Summer 2020

Due to current high demand, these courses are for those whose continued appointment relies on maintaining an up to date 1st Aid qualification.

Sun 29th March at 1st Bury HQ book with Alan Chilestone

Fri 1st May (Refresher*) at the 32nd Ipswich Scout HQ book with Steve Thorn

Fri 19th June (Refresher*) at the 32nd Ipswich Scout HQ book with Steve Thorn

Sun 29th Nov at the 32nd Ipswich Scout HQ book with Steve Thorn

REFRESHERS* please note you must still hold a current 1st Aid qualification in order to attend a short refresher course.

Meeting venues

Sharing community spaces. Do you have a space you could share with your community? There’s a new tool that matches under-used spaces with people searching for places to meet. People can book and make payments directly on the site. 

Register your space or look for a space online.

Suffolk Walking Festival

Sat 9th May to Sun 31st May 2020

Scouts are invited to create an event for this festival! These need to be in by end Oct

For more information, please contact 

“The Suffolk Walking Festival is one the largest and longest running walking festivals in the country. In 2019 it offered over 120 walks in 3 weeks across Suffolk, with record numbers of participants, national media coverage, radio slots and live TV interviews. It left an incredible 29 million footprints across the county and created economic activity of over £200,000.
The festival is truly pan-Suffolk with walks and events in every part of the county. An ambition of the festival is to engage with people of all ages and all backgrounds. Because of this, the festival is asking the Scouts to become involved in the 2020 walking festival.

The festival is offering the opportunity for scouts to develop Skills for Life by developing and leading walks and events. This could include setting out a geocaching trail for a self-guided walk, developing a walk which is guided by scouts, or being sponsored to walk the annual Challenge Walk, a long-distance, multi-day walk across the county. These are just some ideas that could be considered, but the opportunity is open to any thoughts you may have.

David Falk, the festival director, is happy and keen to meet you to discuss ideas and help guide you through the process of creating and delivering a Suffolk Walking Festival event. But, the timetable is tight. The festival confirms its programme by mid-November, meaning walks have to be submitted and agreed by the end of October.”

Deben’s Success at National Archery Competition!

Deben District Archery Team enjoyed a successful weekend at the National Scout Archery Competition 🎯 
Between them, they achieved 13 medals!

Including a Bronze medal in the Teams Head to Head Finals!

Above are our 5 National Champions, who won …

🏆Under 18 Target Own Equipment
🏆Adult Target
🏆Under 14 Field
🏆Under 18 Target Supplied Equipment
🏆Adult Field

Deben members representing UK

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Regional Forum on Rural Scouting

Update, Jan 2019

Ongoing notes at CLICK HERE

This follows workshops led by Graham, Regional Commissioner, finding out more about rural Scouting and consider ideas and ways in which our movement can help you deliver sustainable Scouting.