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Face to Face Meeting – Saturday 3rd Oct 2020

Good Morning Parents/Members/Supporters,

I am happy to advise that we have had our risk assessment approved so we are planning our Face to Face Socially Distant All Sections Meeting on Saturday 3rd Oct 2020 from 14:00 – 16:00 at Fanwood Campsite Gomersal!

To ensure we comply with the Scout Association guidelines for Covid Secure Scouting and our Risk Assessment the following guidelines must be adhered to:-

  • If anyone in the family is showing any Covid-19 symptoms they should not attend any of these sessions
  • Do not arrive before the allocated drop off and pick up times
  • Parents must follow the one way system at Fanwood at all times
  • Parents should not leave their vehicle when dropping off or picking up unless absolutely necessary (The Leaders will be on hand to advise your child where to go etc.)
  • Parents should not congregate at the pick up and drop off points
  • All members should bring a named water bottle as drinks will not be provided
  • Hand sanitiser should be brought by the young person in a named bottle
  • Any member over the age of 12 must wear a face coving when using the indoor buildings (toilets)
  • In the event of bad weather the leaders will contact you before the event to advise of any cancellation of the event

If you would like your child to attend I would like an indication of numbers so please can you reply to this email to advise me if your child will be attending or not.

Also if you have not already done so please fill in the membership update form at https://www.11thsv.org.uk/membershipupdate/ to update your details and give your consent to the above rules.

If anyone has questions or concerns then please come back to me.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Saturday.

Kind Regards


Michael Holroyd | Group Scout Leader

11th Spen Valley (Hunsworth) Scout Group

Tel: 07843 083050

Group AGM & Joint Sections Meeting

Good Morning Parents/Members & Supporters,

I am writing to formally invite you on behalf of the Group Scout Leader and Group Executive Committee Chairman to the AGM and joint sections evening for the 11th Spen Valley Scout Group.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to have our usual AGM face to face therefore we will be hosting the meeting “Virtually” via the Zoom platform.

The AGM is a legal requirement which as a group we have to have each year to comply with Charities Commission rules and this year we will be holding the meeting on Friday 4th September 2020 at 19:00. Following the AGM we will be hosting a joint all sections Zoom in replacement for our usual Friday evening meetings.

The AGM is your chance to hear from the Group Executive and Section Leaders who will all present reports and its your chance to ask any questions.

I have attached to this email a copy of this years reports and formal accounts so you have chance to read them prior to the meeting.

One of the items on the agenda is election to the Executive Committee, this is an important, but not onerous role. It involves attending three or four meeting a year and helping to oversee the running of the Group. We now meet on Tuesday evenings to avoid clashes with our normal meeting night duties. I enclose a leaflet from the Scout Association outlining the role. If you are interested in helping in this way do let myself or one of the section leaders know.

The meeting will also look back at the last twelve months and celebrate the young people achievements, please do support the Leaders and Executive Committee by attending the meeting, it will start at 19:00 and should take no longer than one hour.
A further reminder and Zoom login details will be sent nearer the time.

Please do help us and support us by joining us on the 4th for the meeting

Kind Regards

Michael Holroyd
11th Spen Valley (Hunsworth) Scout Group

Virtual Big Camp (23rd – 24th May 2020)

Hi Everyone,

Following on from the Facebook posts from West Yorkshire Scouts, please see here for an overview of the information provided by W Y Scouts regarding the Virtual Big Camp which will be help on 23rd – 24th May 2020.

The information includes an overview of the event, a virtual kit list and a list of foods required for the camp menu.

Please Click HERE to download an open. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me or any of the Section Leaders.
A Big Thanks to Kevin from the 65th Bradford South for this guide.

Virtual Big Camp 2020

Please see below some information from West Yorkshire Scouts about Virtual Big Camp.

On the original weekend of BIG Camp 2020 (23rd-24th May) we will be holding Virtual BIG Camp. The event is open to all in Scouting (not just West Yorkshire Scouts).

How do I get involved?
On the weekend itself (23rd to 24th May) you just need to go to our Facebook page (@wyscouts) and our website www.thebigcamp.org.uk (the website will go live on the Saturday morning). Over the weekend on the website there will be BIG Camp activity zones with challenges or activities to do at home. In addition we’ll be running ‘Live on Stage’ a series of pre recorded and live content hosted by our Youth Commissioner Team (with a number of very special guests). This will be streamed live on both the website and Facebook page from Saturday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime. On the Saturday evening we invite you to take part in our camp, with members camping out in gardens (or living rooms) and watch the virtual handover when our CC Mark Stageman steps down after 10 years.

Do I need to do anything in advance ?
Most of the activities you will be able to do from materials sourced at home, however we will be releasing a Virtual Kit List in the next few days which will be on our website (www.wyscouts.org.uk) and our Facebook page @wyscouts.
To share or upload outputs, we will be using a google form, so would be helpful if those taking part had a Gmail account (or had registered their emails to use on google beforehand). We will issue instructions on how to do this with the Virtual Kit List on the website.

The full ‘Live on Stage’ Schedule will be published via Facebook and the website next week before the event.
For those young people taking part from West Yorkshire Scouts we will be issuing an occasional badge (to qualify a young person needs to register and upload material from activities). Badges wont be available until after face to face scouting resumes and will be available for leaders to pick up (for their entire group) from the shop at Bradley Wood.

We look forward to you joining us on the weekend

Kind Regards
West Yorkshire Scouts

Big Camp 2020



You and all members of the 11th are invited to join up to 5000 other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Leaders at the West Yorkshire Scouts BIG CAMP to be held at the Yorkshire Show Ground, near Harrogate.

There are over 250 on site, exciting daytime activities planned, with something for all age groups, along with lots of entertainment in the evenings.

Scouts & Explorers will arrive on Friday, for 3 nights of camping; Cubs on Saturday, for 2 nights. Beavers will also join us on Saturday to camp for one night.

See the video’s below for an idea of the activities on offer and what has happened in previous years.

Big Camp 2020 Promo Video

Big Camp 2015 Highlights

The cost of the camp will vary, depending on whether your child is a Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer.

i.e. The charges being made by West Yorkshire Scouts for the campsite facilities and activities are as follows:-

Scouts & Explorers – £50
Cubs – £40
Beavers – £30

Clearly, on top of these figures will be transport and catering, which would increase the cost quite considerably.
However, Spen Valley District has agreed to pay the transport costs and because the group is in a healthy financial position, the executive committee has agreed that all members attending the camp will receive a 50% subsidy, which brings the overall cost down to:-

Scouts & Explorers – £25
Cubs – £20
Beavers – £15

If you would like your child to attend the Big Camp during the weekend of 22nd – 25th May 2020, please speak to one of the section leaders, on or before Friday 1ST November.

District Field Day 2019

Saturday the 6th of July is Field Day, the annual district event!

Scouts will be camping Friday – Sunday. Beavers and Cubs can come for the day on Saturday, please meet by the Frank Harris Centre at the top of the campsite at 1:45 for the start of the parade at 2pm.

After the parade the Beavers and cubs can explore the various stalls and activities on the day, all we ask is parents stay with the members who are visiting and not camping!

Any questions please just ask any of the leaders.

We hope you can make it!

Summer Gala 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019 was the date for this years Annual Summer Gala.

A Big Thanks to everyone who came along this afternoon support us at our Summer Gala.
Especially to Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band, and the PM Gibson School Of Theatre Dance (Hunsworth)
The weather was good to us and we hope you all had a good time, we managed to raise just over £1000.00 for group funds.

A selection of photos is below:-

Scouts District Cooking Competition 2018

Scouts from all over the Spen Valley District, today, were battling it out to be the next Gordon Ramsey, and once again the 11th did the group proud.  Well done to Olivia and Oscar on winning the district cooking competition with their curry and cheesecake. Pictured above Spen Valley District Commissioner David Sowden and Olivia and Oscar from the 11th Spen Valley.

Scouts Quiz Winners for the 8th Year!

Congratulations to Scout team who for the 8th year successfully defended the Spen Valley Scouts District Quiz trophy!  The team answered questions on various subjects including; Scouting knowledge, Sport, The natural world and Around the world; well done to them and fingers crossed for next year!