Deben District Scouts

When considering whether or not to run a District event you should consider the following questions.

  • Does the event address an area of the programme which most sections in the District currently struggle with? And if so, how will the event provide an opportunity for leaders to deliver that area of the programme themselves in their sections in the future?
  • Does the event provide an opportunity for every young person in the District to take part? If the event only caters for 50 Scouts and there are 300 Scouts in the District, is this event a good use of volunteer time and resources? Have young people been involved in shaping these activities?
  • Do leaders in the District have the capacity to support this event? Or will it distract them from delivering a high quality programme in their own sections if they are being asked to help organise this event?
  • Will the ADCs still be able to carry out the key tasks in their roles, such as organising leaders’ meetings, carrying out their termly section visits or inducting new leaders?

If the answer to any of these questions is NO then you need to seriously consider if running the event is actually in the best interests of supporting great Scouting in your District.

Events we should/could run within a District

  • Sixers training weekend
  • Patrol Leaders training weekend
  • Incident Hike for Explorer Scouts
  • Scout and Explorer Scout section linking camp
  • Badge camps (focused on those badges and awards that sections struggle to achieve on their own)
  • District camps (open to all within the section/whole District)
  • Skills event for leaders
  • Permit skills training and assessment
  • Adventurous activity weekends away from the District, eg hiking in the Lake District or caving in Somerset

Events which Headquarters literature suggests we should NOT run within a District   

(But this doesn’t automatically rule them out, see above)

  • Swimming gala
  • Chess competition
  • Handicraft competition
  • Cooking competition
  • Firework display
  • Football tournament
  • Any competition event with team number restrictions

The above comes from click here