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August `09

Deputy Chief Scout Lands in Humberside

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Monopoly Run

Another successful event


Agooneree 50

Agooneree the annual summer camp for scouts with special needs, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Held at Cherrygarth, the Grimsby & Cleethorpes District site, the camp was a terrific success, due in no small part to a visit by the Deputy Chief Scout, Peter Nicol. Peter was able to fit in a visit during his very busy schedule and made the camp extra special. Arriving on the Sunday afternoon he was greeted by the County Commissioners, Alan Hayward the ACC District Support, Steve Caulfield, camp chief, and Graham Meyer GSL of Kingston Scout Group. There then followed a tour around the patrols who were camping. Talking to all of the participants Peter soon appreciated how very special the Agooneree is. This year for the first time all participants were under canvas, with the less able scouts sleeping in hospital beds in a large marquee. The theme of this years Agooneree was "Dr Who" with a custom built TARDIS guarding a portal into another world. The afternoon activity was to construct a Dalek, using scrap card, tin foil and tennis balls! As you can imagine the scouts in wheelchairs were soon chosen to be the Daleks. Peter joined in with the building, perfecting quite a technique in fixing half tennis balls onto the outside skin. A stint on the rifle range also gave the Deputy Chief Scout a chance to show his prowess with an air rifle, no mean shot !! After a cream tea Peter bade the campers farewell before travelling to the Sea Scout Centenary Camp at Nottingham. Wednesday saw a celebration of the camps' fifty years with a barbecue. A special cake, baked on the camp was cut by Eric "Birdie" Martin who was at the first Yorkshire Agooneree. To mark the occasion Eric was presented with a framed portion of the original Agooneree flag. A particular word of thanks must go to the large number of leaders and helpers who work tirelessly all week to give those scouts with special needs a camping experience equal to that of all other scouts. Well done to you all.


Catherine Marsh (pictured), formerly District Commissioner for Scunthorpe has been appointed as the County Beaver Adviser and joins the County Team. Congratulations Catherine !! The search is now on for a Scunthorpe DC,


Activity Support

North East Scout Region Activity Conference.

There will be an activity conference on Sunday 18th October at The Grammar School at Leeds. 09.30 to 16.00. The event is a MUST for everyone connected with activities including instructors, advisors and assessors. Booking form (to be returned no later than 21st September) and further details can be found at under Events.

Winter On The Hills

This popular event for Explorer Scouts will be run over the weekend of 4th to 6th December. Arrangements are being put together this year by the Activity Team, a change from the usual Explorer led event. To assist with planning for the event this year the organisers will be requesting all applications are supported by a log of walking activities undertaken by those wishing to take part. This will enable groups to be made up of a mixture of experience. Sample log sheets can be found on under Local Scouting and Activities. The logs will need to be submitted with the usual applications which will be available in September on County Website. If you know any explorer wanting to take part please ensure all are aware of the logged experience requirements.

Hill Walking Training For Leaders

Booking for this event has been closed due to the high demand for places. The event will run over the weekend of 16th to 18th October and will be based in the North Yorkshire Moors. Ian will be writing out to the applicants soon with further details.

Camp Permit Scheme

There will be a Nights Away Assessor forum for all District Nights Away Advisors in the North East Scout Region. The event will be delivered at Raywell Park on 10th October 2009. The event will be run by local volunteers supported by Gilwell Park Activity Support volunteers. Attendance at such an event is a requirement of being a Nights Away Advisor every five years. Cost and further details will be issued directly to advisors via their Districts. DC's are advising the ACC Activities of all appointed District Nights Away Advisors for the Assessor Forum and for him to ensure that all necessary training is complete. Costs will be advised. PTO


f you would like to gain a qualification as an Archery Instructor a course being run by the Centenary Archery Team on 26/27th September 2009 starting at 9am at the North Hull District Campsite, Melton Bottom. The Cost is £30 plus £10 if you want feeding. You must be at least 16 years of age. To book contact Roy Bolsover on (01482) - 879657 or 07940562205



Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Congratulations to Edward Newsome Boothferry District, Howden Unit who has completed his Bronze Award. In addition members from Driffield, East Hull, Beverley and Hornsea and Boothferry Districts are undertaking Expeditions in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. Best of luck to them!

Scout Section

At the last meeting of the ADC's it was agreed in principle to put together a Scout Section camp for May Day Bank Holiday 2010. The camp will based around water activities. Volunteers to assist with the project should email with their contact details to [email protected] Please use `County Scout Camp' as the Subject of your message and detail what support you are able to offer. Further details will follow.

National Appointment Process in Humberside

You will have read a great deal about the new National Appointment Process in Scouting Magazine and at The new process has to be implemented and working by October 2009. You may be asking what is happening in our County? Well it has already started. In January this year the DC's agreed that it should be rolled out in stages in the District Support Areas over a period of four months, starting in April with the North Area (Bridlington, Driffield and Beverley & Hornsea). The Hull Districts, Kingston and South Holderness followed in May. The West area (Pocklington, Haltemprice and Boothferry) came on stream in June and finally the South area (Scunthorpe, East Glanford and Grimsby & Cleethorpes) completed the process in July. The County Appointments Advisory Group (CAA) have met with District Appointment Coordinators to discuss their roles and how the process works. The CAA group have started visiting Districts to explain the process, and a dedicated area on the county web site has been developed which explains the process with links to the forms and resource materials. So log on to the site and have a look. The main reason for the new procedure is to make the joining process much simpler and welcoming. , Each stage can be tracked via the Membership Services Database. When an Adult offers service to the Association they have a right to feel wanted and supported. It is for this reason that the County Appointments Group have made it a priority that the appointment process should happen as quickly as possible and that anyone offering service will not have to wait any more than two months before attending an Appointment Advisory Group. You can help with this by ensuring that AA forms and CRB forms are sent to the appropriate person as soon as possible. The Coordinators will send these to the County Appointments Secretary to record and process. Please check the table opposite for your District!



Hessle Scout Group Hosts The Kwahadi Texan Scout Dance Troop!

From Amarillo, Texas they came, a unique dancing Scout group, bringing their amazingly colourful, majestic, sometimes hypnotic and very definitely brilliant show to little ole' Hessle, East Yorkshire, England! Thanks to an invite from Hessle Scout Leader Keith O'Brien, the Texan Scouts arrived in Hessle on the 28th July this year and performed a memorable show of Dance, Theatre and Prose. A packed Hessle Town Hall bore witness to a performance the likes of which had never been seen here before. The Kwahadi Dancers date back to the early 1940's since which over 1600 boys and girls have earned a place in the Troop and they have performed over 3200 shows, mainly across America but also world wide. 2009 sees the first ever shows in the United Kingdom. To earn a place in the Kwahadi, the boy or girl has to be in any Scout troop, then register with Venture Crew 9 and begin training. Each Kwahadi Scout has two great aims, first to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, followed eventually by the rank of Kwahadi Chief. Although they are not by and large Native Americans, it is the Indians that have influenced the development of the Kwahadi Show. Folk art, crafts, wisdom and dances have been assimilated from such tribal groups as Mohawk, Pueblo, Kiowa, Comanche, Sioux, Cherokee and Arapaho. The very name KWAHADI is a Comanche tribal name and they gave the Dancers permission to use it. Many of the dances performed are a celebration of great leaders and soldiers who have striven for freedom ( The Flag Dance), honouring families and friends ( The Belt Dance) and The Hoop Dance illustrates the story of everyone's life, the Trapped Eagle Dance encourages the young people to make the best of their lives and the Shield Dance remind us of the protective shield in our hearts which is made up of the good things taught to us by our parents, teachers, preachers, elders and Scouters. The Dance Troop said they had a really great time in Hessle, ably looked after by June Godfrey and Kieth O'Brien, they had tea at the Town Hall before the performance. Then after meeting and greeting the audience after the show they headed off to Raywell for supper, showers and bed. In the morning breakfast was served by June, Keith and Mrs Ward. Finally, after the Kwahadi Chief had virtually polished the floor of the BP building(!) the 6

Texan Dancers headed off for Manchester and their next amazing gig. Although it is not anticipated that a great deal of money was raised over and above the cost of the show ( the Kwahadi do not charge for the show but do need feeding and accommodating) any excess money raised from tickets for the show, the raffle and tuck shop will go towards the up coming celebrations for Hessle Scout Groups centenary in 2012. Nick Wright Hessle Scout Group

The Apex Extreme is a tough adventure competition spread across an entire weekend. This year 2-4 October. Your team will face a range of exciting challenges while navigating through forests and open moor land. During the three days you can expect a series of activities to complete. These will include rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, and completing tough assault courses as you race against hundreds of others to collect Apex points and try to win the big prizes. Here are all the details you need before signing up to Join The Adventure! The event is open to all Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members in the UK. Entry is in teams of four (though we do allow teams of three) and we are expecting more than 200 competitors. Two competitions for the two age groups run side by side with prizes for the top three teams in each. Each year hundreds of pounds worth of prizes are given away at Apex Challenge events. In the past these have included tents, rucksacks, outdoor jackets, head torches, fleeces and much more Where is it all happening? The event is being held in the world-famous Ilkley Moor area. The event centre is at the Sconce Scout site. This is close to Baildon village, which is approximately 5 miles north west of Bradford in the Aire Valley.

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Get Out Of Jail Free ­ The Scout Way!

Teams of Scouts and Explorer Scouts, aged 12 to 18, from across the county took over Hull's City Centre back in June as they were challenged to play a real-life version of the popular board game, Monopoly. After leaving `GO', situated at the KC stadium, the teams had to navigate their way around the city centre, stopping at various locations marked on the game board, and were faced with challenges to earn themselves points towards a range of fantastic prizes, donated by a number of supportive local businesses. On offer included tickets to Pleasure Island Family Theme Park, a signed Hull City Football, Reel Cinema tickets, a singed Hull FC rugby ball, tickets to the Deep, ice skating vouchers as well as tickets to Eden Camp! This was only the second time that Humberside Scouts organised such an event and as promised it was an action packed and rewarding weekend for all those involved. Many of the teams taking part were not familiar with Hull - meaning that finding some of the locations was an adventure in itself. The teams had to be extra careful not to draw a GO TO JAIL card however, or they got more than they bargained for in this version of the game as they were detained in a mockup prison. Organisers held the players under lock and key until they completed a challenge sufficiently well enough to convince the Leaders that they deserved to be let out again. Challenges throughout the day included circus skills, physical running tasks and puzzle solving across the city centre. As well as gaining publicity within the city, the event managed to hit the air waves on a number of radio stations, hit the headlines within a number of newspapers throughout Humberside and we even `shouted for Scouting' by getting a mention on Look North! However it wasn't just about the Monopoly Run itself, the event carried on back at Raywell with more social activities, a spectacular campfire as well as our very own Scout- Factor karaoke.

Humberside Scout Council County Office Raywell Activity Centre Riplingham Road Cottingham East Yorkshire HU15 6YL

Phone: 01482 655732 Fax: 01482 653852 E-mail: [email protected] Website:



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