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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

Uniform Update – October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers of all members of the 11th Spen Valley Scout Group,

As you are aware, the Scout Association is a uniform organisation. All members, including leaders, wear the OFFICIAL uniform as follows.

Beavers – Turquoise crew neck sweatshirt, navy blue activity trousers and group scarf.

Cubs – Dark green crew neck sweatshirt, navy blue activity trousers and group scarf.

Polo shirts are an optional item for both Beavers & Cubs but are only classed as activity dress, i.e. not official uniform.

Scouts – Teal green long sleeved shirt or blouse, navy blue activity trousers, leather scout belt & buckle and group scarf.

When a new member is invested into the group, they are presented with a group scarf & woggle.

Every member is also provided with a group polo shirt, which may be worn as activity dress, i.e. not official uniform.

Unfortunately, in recent years, the standard of uniform worn by many of our members has become a cause for concern.

As a result, the leaders would appreciate your co-operation in improving the standard of turn out of your young people.

The major problem is leg wear – Jogging bottoms, leggings and even jeans have become a common sight amongst our members.

It would be great if we could get our members into official scout trousers, but in the meantime, school type trousers would be acceptable.

The group has a number of pairs of pre owned official scout trousers, which, if suitable can be purchased for £5.

All items of uniform can be purchased from the Heavy Woollen District Scout Shop in Batley, official scout trousers are £15 and are available in Youths, age 4, 5/6, 7/8. Youths & Girls – 9/10, 11/12, & 13. Please support this local, not for profit shop.

The leaders would greatly appreciate your co operation in this matter.  If there are any problems, please speak to you child’s leader in confidence.

Many Thanks

11th Leaders & Exec Committee

Big Camp 2020

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING DURING THE SPRING BANK HOLIDAY 2020? (22nd – 25th May)

NO IDEA?? – THEN READ ON.

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

Costs
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.

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:-

Remembrance Parade 2018 – Sunday 11th November 2018

Once again we have been invited to join with the people of Hunsworth, East Bierley & Birkenshaw to come together to mark remembrance Sunday.

This is the day when people who have lost their lives in conflicts and wars all over the world are remembered, but this year is special because 2018 commemorates 100 years since the end of world war 1.

Please meet in the yard in front of Birkenshaw Church at 09:50 am, to parade to the memorial garden at East Bierley for a memorial service, followed by a two minutes silence at 11:00 am,

Parents and families are welcome to join us in the parade.

All members – wear smart uniform please, if you do not have official uniform trousers please wear school uniform type trousers.
It is likely to be cold so you should wear a warm coat (waterproof if wet) and perhaps a T-Shirt or similar under your uniform top.

Members should be collected from East Bierley at about 11:15 am.

Your Attendance would be much appreciated.

Thanks

11th SV Leaders

 

Gone Home – Christine Dawson

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Christine Dawson

Christine has been at the heart of the 11th Spen Valley for the past 40 years, first in the role of Akela and then as the group treasurer

She was highly thought of and will be deeply missed

Our thoughts go out to Paul and Alistair and their families.

Funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as we have them.

David Sowden – GSL

Important Diary Dates 2018

 

Friday 9th February 2018 Cub & Scout Swimming Gala Spen Pool @ 19:15
Friday 16th February 2018 Cubs to Scouts Going up Ceremony 20:00 @ the HQ
Friday 9th March 2018 Scouts District Quiz 11th HQ at 20:30
Friday 30th March 2018 Good Friday NO Meeting for any sections
Friday 21st April 2018 Scouts District Cooking Competition 10:00 – 12:00 7th HQ
Sunday 21st April 2018 District St Georges Day Parade (See Separate Details)
Friday 11th May 2018 Cub & Scout Section Weekend Camp Weekend Camp at Fanwood (See Separate Details)
Sunday 20th May 2018 Group Annual Gala Parent help needed
Friday 6th – Sunday 8th July District Field Day Weekend 11th Group are the host group this year
Saturday 7th July District Field Day Beavers and Cubs invited to Fanwood for the
day stalls and other activities, come along and
find out all about Scouting in Spen Valley.

 

Summer Gala 2017

This years summer gala will be held on Sunday 21st May 2017.

The Event will be held on Hunsworth recreation ground at 14:00

Entry is free so why not come along and join the fun!

Long Service Awards 2016

At this afternoon’s St George’s Day parade, four of the leaders here at the 11th were presented with long service awards.  These ranged from 5 years service right up to 30 years service!
Congratulations to all the leaders who received their awards today.

10years  15years
Assistant Cub Leader Rebecca Holroyd and her 10 year award Cub Scout Leader Michael Holroyd and his 15 year award 
30years
Group Scout leader David Sowden and his 30 year award

The awards were all presented by Spen Valley DC Mike Terry on behalf of Bear Grylls (Chief Scout)